Carry-on bag sizes

Oct 18th, 2008, 10:17 AM
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Carry-on bag sizes

I caught a blurb on, I believe, the radio. It mentioned several major airlines and indicated that they would be downsizing the size requirements for carry-on bags. Did anyone else hear anything about this? Just curious.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 07:36 AM
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From what I gathered, there is a mention on FOX News that some of the US airlines will try to enforce current cabin luggage rules.

As most of us know, that is basically unenforced at most times.

That's a natural outcome with the new bag fees. First, the airlines actually find they're getting decent revenue with the bag fees. By enforcing the cabin rules, that'll only increase that revenue. Second, with flights still pretty full these days, it is a serious problem with overfilling overhead bins. One friend of mine on Flyertalk.com's Continental site just commented yesterday that all of his last 4-5 flights were delayed at least 10 minutes before carryons have to be gate-checked and brought down to the hold.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 07:41 AM
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Also, keep in mind that some US airlines have very lax 51" overall dimension, compared to 45" for most airlines in the world. So, I won't be surprised that the 51" ones will switch to 45".

The fact is that on many narrowbody planes like the 737, any bag over 21" long will not fit longwise in the bins, and any bag over 9" or so in height won't fit at all. So, having an allowance over 22" x 14" x 9" is stupid.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 08:11 AM
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Thanks for the reply, rkkwan. I've only seen one instance where I was stopped because I had 3 items (one was a McD's bag or something similar) and I'm premier exec. Lucky for me, DS was along, and he caried my "extra" piece. As I said on the Asia thread, I usually only have my purse and my computer tote to carry on to the plane. The McD bag was at MHT (Manchester NH), a smaller airport, which I much prefer over flying to Boston Logan when heading to New England.

I have seen carry-on bags weighed, I think in Tokyo...

I do hope the airlines will police their policies. I'm sure you travel as much, if not more, as I do, and I can't believe what I see carried onto planes these days.

I don't believe it was on Fox that I heard the announcement. It seems to me that it was a more "local" station at home that carries news feed from CNN.

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Oct 19th, 2008, 08:14 AM
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Forgot to mention that due to carry on bags having to be gate checked, there was a minor problem with weight distribution on a small plane I took from PIA to ORD. I'm trying to think if they had to take bags out of the bins and put them down below, and maybe also move a few people around...
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Oct 19th, 2008, 11:38 AM
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Sounds like when I use to take Independence Air, may she rest in peace

Have been wondering about baggage on my soon to be trip to China. Wonder about the in China flights since we will have 4 of them on various airlines. If anyone can answer these questions it is either of you! thanks in advance.

I hope to take 2 small bags - 22 inch to check and a 21 inch rolling duffle to carry on. I will also have a fairly large "purse" to carry on. Will this be ok?

Is the 20kg limit for just the checked bag?

Also seems like I saw someplace that bags in China HAVE to be locked. Is this the case?

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Oct 19th, 2008, 11:53 AM
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20kg for checked bag is okay, but taking 2+1 onto the plane is most likely NOT okay.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 04:15 PM
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Thanks - yes figure I will check the 22inch.

Any information on locks in China?

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Oct 19th, 2008, 05:59 PM
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Barb
Post your China question on the Asia forum. There are lots of folks who can give you an answer over there. Many have traveled to China with many flts in-country.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 06:12 PM
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Barb - Chinese airlines expect you to lock your luggage. No need to be TSA-approved ones. That's for internal flights. For flights to/from the US, regular US rules apply.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 06:49 PM
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Thanks!

Sometimes hard to know where to post to reach the most knowledge on a certain topic.

Think I have my answers for now on this anyway.
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Oct 20th, 2008, 07:45 PM
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Continental just announced it today. Staring Nov 1, carryons are now limited to 45", down from 51".
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Oct 21st, 2008, 01:07 PM
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Glad to know I wasn't "hearing things" or dreaming, when I first posted this question. lol
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