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The Ultimate Guide to Carryon Luggage Update

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | April 08, 2015

The Ultimate Guide to Carryon Luggage Update

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We are big fans of “everything you need to know in one place.” The folks over at Smarter Travel have updated their Ultimate Guide to Carryon Luggage. They don’t hit every airline in the world, but they list most of the major ones here in the U.S. Also on the page are policies for pets, medical equipment, and infant seats.

If you haven't seen this before, you should bookmark the page and keep an eye on what airline you are traveling with to know if what you are taking is going to make the grade. Most of the airlines have a baggage size that is about the same, with Alaska being the biggest at 24”x17”x10”. But you probably need to pack extra thermal underwear to go there, so that space negates itself. 

The infant seats and medical equipment are FAA mandated so there really isn’t going to be too much difference from carrier to carrier, but their notification policies might differ, so make sure you contact your airline directly before you book.

Carryon pets policies are unique to each airline so make sure you do your homework before you bring “Fifi” along.  Most airlines want you to squeeze them under the seat in front of you so make sure you don’t book a bulkhead seat.

Each airline has their own policies on sporting equipment and musical instruments based on size and portability.  Carryon strollers are basically nonexistent, but some airlines allow you to gate check them and depending how large the airport is that you are in, doing so may save you having to carry your sleeping two-year-old two and half miles.

Keep this chart bookmarked, as Smarter Travel updates it about every six months or so.


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