Does size matter?

Old Sep 15th, 2007, 08:40 AM
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Does size matter?

I am trying to decide the size luggage I need to take as a carry-on for a 2-week trip? Do I need a 21" or 22"? Does 1" really make that much difference?
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Old Sep 15th, 2007, 08:43 AM
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It may to the airline! You'll want to check specific carry-on requirements for the carrier(s) you will be flying.
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Old Sep 15th, 2007, 09:14 AM
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I have read reports on this forum that 1" can make a difference. What I have discovered is that what luggage makers say the dimensions of their bags is differs from the reality that airport size checkers reveals.

I got a 20" bag before traveling this past summer just to be safe. Be sure to measure from the bottom of the wheels to the top of the handle.
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Old Sep 15th, 2007, 09:18 AM
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it can matter a LOT. If the 22" bag has a handle and wheels sticking out and not included in the dimensions, it can be over 23 " and not fit in the sizer boxes. A 20 or 21 inch bag is safer. You don't want to find out at the airport that it doesn't fit.
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Old Sep 15th, 2007, 09:25 AM
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Has anyone actually had his/her bag measured and turned down at the gate? My 22" bag with small wheels has never been turned down. Maybe I've been lucky.
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Old Sep 15th, 2007, 09:32 AM
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it entirely depends on the airline. Some are very strict about bags fitting in the sizer, others just give a quick look-see, and still others just take your word for it.

Yes - I've had my bags measured many times - but being "21 inches" (actually close to 22" ) never a problem.

I only use the 21" bag once in a while though - I mostly use a 19".
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Old Sep 15th, 2007, 09:38 AM
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Yes, my 22" was turned down at check-in, but for weight not for size (in the olden days with British Air).
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we always travel with carry- ons only and have never had the luggage measured ,
but we always use mayor international airlines. Local, charter or discount airlines may be more strict.
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Old Sep 15th, 2007, 10:11 AM
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Hi B,

Many airlines have a gizmo that you put your carryon into. If it doesn't fit it has to be checked.

They don't always check, though.

Best bet is to check with the airline.

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Old Sep 15th, 2007, 10:16 AM
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> Does size matter?

There are some folks (usually women) who say "yes", and others (usually men) who say "no".

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Old Sep 15th, 2007, 10:26 AM
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Size definitely matters on Ryanair flights (cheap europe flights). Supposidly they have STRICT check in allowances that have to be 55x40x20cm in dimensions and 10 kgs.
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Old Sep 15th, 2007, 10:51 AM
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Ira -
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The women I have asked about this (none of them a squeeze of mine) have said "up to a point."
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Old Sep 15th, 2007, 12:43 PM
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We are flying Delta / Air France so I will check their rules. We are wanting to carry-on to save time and don't want to have to check because of a technicality.

Ira,Ira, Ira.....
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LOL..love the title of your thread bamababe!!
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