George Hobica, the founder of AirfareWatchdog.com is a veteran traveler, but even he ran into trouble regarding his carry-on luggage and almost missed his plane as a result. Here is a report by Ric Romero on ABC7 with the story…
Just before boarding a recent American Airlines flight, Hobica was told he couldn’t take his carry-on luggage on board, even though he had carried the same bag on the same airline many times before.
“I was rejected. I was sent back to the check-in line because one dimension was 1 inch over the limit,” Hobica said.
With rules varying among different airlines, experts recommend checking with companies on their carry-on bag restrictions before flying. Most allow travelers to bring on free carry-on bags, but mistaking the size can be a hit to the wallet.
For Hobica, he nearly missed his flight because he had to return to the ticket counter.
Mark Stern of Savinar Luggage in Canoga Park, a company that’s been selling luggage for nearly 100 years, said the different carry-on rules can be downright mind-boggling for travelers.
“The airlines are making it very confusing,” Stern said. “Then you get the situation where a customer comes in our store and they say ‘I had no problem carrying my bag on the way up. It was the same exact plane on the way back and then they stopped me.'”
On American Airlines, U.S. Airways, Delta Airlines and United Airlines, the carry-on bag dimensions can’t exceed 45 inches – that’s the total of the length, width and height.
On Southwest Airlines and JetBlue, bags are restricted to 50 inches. Alaska Air is even more generous, allowing bags up to 51 inches.
But a 50-inch carry-on bag could cost an extra $150 each way on even a relatively short flight if two full size suitcases have already been checked in.
To see the complete article online, please go to: http://abc7.com/travel/whats-the-right-size-for-carry-on-bags/245607/
The problem is not that the rules for luggage size have changed, but rather than airlines are becoming more strict about enforcing the rules that have been in place for quite some time.
At the time of this publication, Southwest Airlines has one of the most liberal policies regarding hand luggage. They allow two carry-on bags free per person, and there size limits are larger than most of their competitors.