Keep Calm and Carry-On - Travel Bags

Traveling should be an enjoyable adventure but unfortunately, it can be stressful if not prepared for airport procedures.  We are here to help you with what travel bags to check and what to carry-on. Take a minute now to learn the dos and don'ts of carry-ons and make traveling less complicated in the future.

Most United States commercial airlines have one main rule when it comes to carry-ons; One Bag, One Personal Item, No Charge. Travelers are allowed one carry-on bag and one personal item at no extra charge.

Approved Carry-On Bags

There are not limitations on the type of travel bag but the bag must adhere to the specific airlines carry-on size and weight restrictions.  Below is a chart stating the major United States commercial airlines carry-on bag information.

Approved Personal Items

  • 1 purse, briefcase, camera bag or diaper bag
  • or 1 laptop computer (computers SHOULD NOT be checked!)
  • or 1 item of a similar or smaller size to those listed above

Freebies

The following items can be carried on in addition to one carry-on bag and one personal item:

  • A jacket, sweatshirt or umbrella
  • Food or drinks purchased after the security checkpoint
  • Duty-free merchandise purchased in the airport
  • Special Items i.e. strollers, child restraint seats or assistive devices such as wheelchairs or crutches

US Airline

Max Carry-On Size

Max Weight

Max Personal Item Size

Gate-Check Fee

Airtran Airways

24”L x 16”W x 10”H

N/A

17”L x 12”W x 8.5”H

Free

Alaska Airlines

24”L x 17”W x 10”H

N/A

Not Specified

Free

American Airlines

22”L x 14”W x 9”H

N/A

36" Combined L+W+H

Free

Delta Airlines

22”L x 14”W x 9”H

N/A

Not Specified

Checked Bag Fee

Frontier Airlines

24”L x 15.5”W x 9.5”H

35 lbs

Not Specified

$50.00

Hawaiian Airlines

22”L x 14”W x 9”H

25 lbs

Not Specified

Free

JetBlue Airways

E-190: 24”L x 16”W x 10"H

A320: 26”L x 18”W x 12”H

N/A

18”L x 15”W x 8”H

Free

Southwest Airlines

24”L x 16”W x 10”H

50 lbs

Not Specified

Checked Bag Fee

Spirit Airlines

22”L x 18”W x 10”H

N/A

16”L x 14”W x 12”H

$100.00

United Airlines

22”L x 14”W x 9”H

N/A

Not Specified

Free

US Airways

22”L x 14”W x 9”H

40 lbs

Not Specified

Free

Virgin America

24”L x 16”W x 10”H

No Max

Not Specified

Free


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