So every now and then I look to see if there have been any major changes to the rules.
Earlier this year, United Airlines placed sizers by their gates to not only check the size of carry-on bags but also the size of personal items. Carry-ons would be limited to 22″ x 14″ x 9″ and personal items would max out at 17″ x 10″ x 9″.
Today, George Hobica of AirfareWatchdog reports he was forced to put his beloved hard sided spinner bag in an American Airlines sizer just before the TSA checkpoint at JFK. It was one inch too wide (15″ rather than 14″) and he was forced to return to the ticket counter to check the bag. The crackdown seems to be with everyone as he was flying business class.
Strangely, American Airlines has had a 36″ size restriction on personal items for years but starting Thursday there will be no actual size limit as long as the personal item is smaller then the carry-on.
For most of us who carry non-wheeled, soft sided bags, this isn’t a problem as they can be made to fit into the sizers.
But for those of you using wheels, be aware, airlines are cracking down because forcing you to check is added income to them.
At some point, I’m guessing U.S. based airlines will also start adding weight restrictions on carry-ons, as they do in most parts of the world, to generate even more revenue.
Delta, another airline cracking down, has done something I’ve never seen before; they posted their rules on gate checking bags. Here it is:
Passengers traveling on Delta Connection flights, and only those flights with fifty (50) seats or less, are only permitted to carry personal items on board the aircraft due to limited overhead space. Personal items must be able to fit securely under the seat in front of the passenger. All carry-on bags within Delta’s size restrictions will be gate checked, free of charge, during the boarding process and returned upon deplaning. Please ensure that a pink Gate Claim/Planeside tag is securely attached to the carry-on item. Assistive devices are not subject to this restriction.
Are they talking all carry-ons or just wheeled carry-ons?
I have yet to have a problem. What’s your experience been?