Carry-Ons

Luggage Regulations

Airlines require you to understand and know their luggage size and weight requirements. It has become more complicated and expensive. Some airlines will charge you extra fees if your carry-on or other luggage is too big or too heavy. 

Under FAA regulations, anything that is bigger compared to your airline's carry-on bag weight/height restrictions have to be checked. Each piece of checked luggage has to additionally meet your airline's checked luggage policies. Anything bigger than the airline company's common regulations could call for additional costs. For a much more total check out your airline company's luggage constraints by class, active duty passenger discount rates, animal regulations and also worldwide traveling, please see your airline company's web site. In the meantime, we have a guide below.

Here are the three steps you need to do before going to the airport. You may save yourself some money and time.

  • Measure your carry-on luggage
  • Weigh your bag
  • Pack your bag for the trip

Measure Your Carry-On Bag

The size of your bag is measured by its Height, Length and Width. H x L x W. See the picture below.
When you measure your bag, please be sure to include the wheels and handles. The airline cares about whether the entire bag will fit into the overhead bin.

Weigh your bag

You will also want to weigh your bag. Generally carry-on luggage will not be so important to weigh. Checked luggage on the other hand is very important to weigh. Most airlines have a limit per person. So this means you’ll pay extra fees. Or you may have to leave some of your belongings behind in the airport so that they can be shipped to you separately. It’s a hassle. So the best thing to do is to find out your airline’s weight restrictions and weigh your bag at home before going to the airport.

Pack Your Luggage

Packing cube are small bags that fit inside your carry-on bag or luggage. You can pack clothing or items and keep them organized. Packing cubes are also very useful should you need to remove some weight from your bags. You can easily pull out a cube. We used to never use cubes. But now we wonder what we could have ever done without them.

Carry-Ons

Carry-On Bags by AirlineInchesCentimetersWeight
AeroMexico22 x 14 x 955 x 35 x 2222 lbs.
Air Canada21.5 x 15.5 x 954 x 39 x 2222 lbs.
Air France21.7 x 13.8 x 9.955 x 35 x 2522 lbs.
Air New Zealand46.5 total linear118 total linear15 lbs.
AirTran Airways24 x 16 x 1060 x 40 x 25--
Alaska Airlines24 x 17 x 1060 x 43 x 25--
Alitalia21.7 x 13.8 x 9.955 x 35 x 2517.6 lbs.
All Nippon Airways22 x 16 x 1055 x 40 x 2522 lbs.
American Airlines22 x 14 x 955 x 35 x 22--
Delta Airlines22 x 14 x 955 x 35 x 22--
El Al21.2 x 17.7 x 9.853 x 44 x 2415.4 lbs.
Frontier Airlines24 x 16 x 1060 x 40 x 2535 lbs.
Hawaiian Airlines22 x 14 x 955 x 35 x 2225 lbs.
IATA21.5 x 13.5 x 7.554 x 34 x 19--
Icelandair21.6 x 15.7 x 7.854 x 39 x 19--
Japan Airlines22 x 16 x 1055 x 40 x 2522 lbs.
JetBlue Airways22 x 14 x 955 x 35 x 22--
KLM21.5 x 13.5 x 1054 x 34 x 2526 lbs.
Korean Air21.6 x 15.7 x 7.854 x 39 x 1925 lbs.
Lufthansa21.6 x 15.7 x 954 x 39 x 2217 lbs.
Philippine Airlines45 total linear114 total linear15 lbs.
Qantas Airways45 total linear114 total linear15 lbs.
Saudi Arabian Airlines45 total linear114 total linear19.8 lbs.
Scandinavian Airlines22 x 16 x 955 x 40 x 2218 lbs.
Singapore Airlines45 total linear114 total linear15 lbs.
Southwest Airlines24 x 16 x 1060 x 40 x 25--
Spirit Airlines22 x 18 x 1055 x 45 x 25--
Sun Country Airlines24 x 16 x 1160 x 40 x 2735 lbs.
Thai Airways22 x 18 x 1055 x 45 x 2515 lbs.
United Airlines22 x 14 x 955 x 35 x 22--
Virgin America24 x 16 x 1060 x 40 x 25--
Virgin Atlantic22 x 14 x 955 x 35 x 2222 lbs.