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-On Bags by Airline||Inches||Centimeters||Weight|
|AeroMexico||22 x 14 x 9||55 x 35 x 22||22 lbs.|
|Air Canada||21.5 x 15.5 x 9||54 x 39 x 22||22 lbs.|
|Air France||21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9||55 x 35 x 25||22 lbs.|
|Air New Zealand||46.5 total linear||118 total linear||15 lbs.|
|AirTran Airways||24 x 16 x 10||60 x 40 x 25||--|
|Alaska Airlines||24 x 17 x 10||60 x 43 x 25||--|
|Alitalia||21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9||55 x 35 x 25||17.6 lbs.|
|All Nippon Airways||22 x 16 x 10||55 x 40 x 25||22 lbs.|
|American Airlines||22 x 14 x 9||55 x 35 x 22||--|
|Delta Airlines||22 x 14 x 9||55 x 35 x 22||--|
|El Al||21.2 x 17.7 x 9.8||53 x 44 x 24||15.4 lbs.|
|Frontier Airlines||24 x 16 x 10||60 x 40 x 25||35 lbs.|
|Hawaiian Airlines||22 x 14 x 9||55 x 35 x 22||25 lbs.|
|IATA||21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5||54 x 34 x 19||--|
|Icelandair||21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8||54 x 39 x 19||--|
|Japan Airlines||22 x 16 x 10||55 x 40 x 25||22 lbs.|
|JetBlue Airways||22 x 14 x 9||55 x 35 x 22||--|
|KLM||21.5 x 13.5 x 10||54 x 34 x 25||26 lbs.|
|Korean Air||21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8||54 x 39 x 19||25 lbs.|
|Lufthansa||21.6 x 15.7 x 9||54 x 39 x 22||17 lbs.|
|Philippine Airlines||45 total linear||114 total linear||15 lbs.|
|Qantas Airways||45 total linear||114 total linear||15 lbs.|
|Saudi Arabian Airlines||45 total linear||114 total linear||19.8 lbs.|
|Scandinavian Airlines||22 x 16 x 9||55 x 40 x 22||18 lbs.|
|Singapore Airlines||45 total linear||114 total linear||15 lbs.|
|Southwest Airlines||24 x 16 x 10||60 x 40 x 25||--|
|Spirit Airlines||22 x 18 x 10||55 x 45 x 25||--|
|Sun Country Airlines||24 x 16 x 11||60 x 40 x 27||35 lbs.|
|Thai Airways||22 x 18 x 10||55 x 45 x 25||15 lbs.|
|United Airlines||22 x 14 x 9||55 x 35 x 22||--|
|Virgin America||24 x 16 x 10||60 x 40 x 25||--|
|Virgin Atlantic||22 x 14 x 9||55 x 35 x 22||22 lbs.|