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The Incredible Shrinking Suitcase

Achieve a Smaller Carry-on – The Incredible Shrinking Suitcase

This article is a book excerpt from 300 Healthy Travel Tips available on Apple iBooks and coming soon to the Amazon Kindle and other ebook stores. Learn more at healthytrekking.com.

 

If you haven’t noticed, airlines are getting smarter, and for us, that’s not always a good thing. Today, airlines operate at an average of 83 percent capacity, putting space at a premium. If you’ve ridden a subway in New York or Tokyo at rush hour, you know what we mean. In response, many airlines have decreased the allowable size for carry-on luggage and jacked up the fees for checked luggage to nosebleed levels. More than ever, become a Jedi Master of packing light, you must.

Carry-on

 

To help you prepare, below are charts detailing the allowable dimensions and weights for carry-on luggage listed by the major U.S. and international airlines. Let’s just put it this way: They’re not getting bigger.

 

Be sure to measure your carry-on luggage dimensions to avoid being forced to check your bag at the gate for your next flight. Nobody said that traveling was easy. But with a little preparation, it doesn’t have to be a headache.

 

 Airline Carry-on Allowable Dimensions and Weights

 

U.S. Domestic Airlines

Airline Dimensions (Inches) Linear* (Inches) Weight (Lbs)
Height Width Depth
Alaska Airlines 24 17 10 51
Allegiant Air 22 14 9 45 25
American Airlines 22 14 9 45
Delta Air Lines 22 14 9 45
Frontier Airlines 24 15.5 10 49.5 35
Hawaiian Airlines 22 14 9 45 25
JetBlue Airways 26 18 12 56
Southwest Airlines 24 16 10 50
Spirit Airlines 22 18 10 50
United Airlines 22 14 9 45
Virgin America 24 16 10 50 30

International Airlines

Airline Dimensions (Inches) Linear* (Inches) Weight (Lbs)
Height Width Depth
Aer Lingus 21.5 15.5 9.5 46.5 22
Aeroflot 45 22
Aerolineas Argentinas 22 14 10 46 11
Aeroméxico 45 22
Air Asia 22 14 9 45 15.4
Airberlin 21.5 15.5 9 46 17.6
Air Canada 21.5 15.5 9 46 22
Air China 21 15 7 43 11
Air France 21.5 13.5 9.5 44.5 26.5
Air India 22 16 8 46 17.6
Air New Zealand 46.5 15
Air Tahiti 17 13 7 37 11
Air Tahiti Nui 45 22
Alitalia 21.5 13.5 10 45 17.6
ANA 22 16 10 45 22
Asiana Airlines 21.6 15.7 7.8 45 22
Austrian Airlines 21.5 15.5 9 46 17.6
Avianca Airlines 22 14 9 45 22
Azul Brazilian Airlines 42 11
British Airways 22 17.7 9.8 49.5 50
China Airlines 22 14 9 45 15.5
China Eastern Airlines 62 50
China Southern Airlines 45 11
easyJet 22 17.7 10 49.7
El Al Israel Airlines 22 17.7 7.8 45 17.6
Emirates 22 15 8 45 15
Ethiopian Airlines 21.6 15.7 9 46.3 15.4
Etihad Airways 19.6 15.7 8.2 43.7 15
EVA Air 22 14 9 45 15
Finnair 22 18 10 50 17.5
Flybe 21.5 15.5 9 46 22
Garuda Indonesia 22 14 9 45 15.4
GOL Airlines 45 11
Germanwings 21.5 15.5 9 46 17.6
Hainan Airlines 21.7 9.8 7.9 40 11
Iberia 22 17.5 10 49.5 22
Icelandair 21.5 15.5 8 45 22
Japan Airlines 22 16 10 45 22
Jet Airways 21.6 13.7 9.8 45 15.4
Jetstar 22 14 9 45 15.4
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 21.5 13.5 10 45 26
Korean Air 21.6 15.7 7.8 45 25
LATAM Airlines 21.6 13.7 9.8 45.1 17
LOT Polish Airlines 21.5 15.5 9 46 17.6
Lufthansa 21.5 15.5 9 46 17.6
Malaysia Airlines 22 18 10 45 15
Norwegian Air Shuttle 21.5 13.5 9 44 22
Oman Air 45 15.4
Philippines Airlines 45 15
Qantas 22 14 9 45 15
Ryanair 21.5 15.5 8 45 22
SAS 22 16 9 47 17.6
Saudia Airlines 22 18 10 45 15.4
Singapore Airlines 45.2 15.4
South African Airways 22 14 9 45 17.6
Swiss International Air Lines 21.5 15.5 9 46 17.6
TAP Portugal 21.5 15.5 8 45 17
Thai Airways 22 18 10 50 15
Turkish Airlines 21.5 15.5 9 46 17.6
Vietnam Airlines 22 14 9 45 15.4
Virgin Atlantic Airways 22 14 9 45 22
Virgin Australia 18.9 13.3 9 41.3 15.4
WestJet 21 15 9 45

Linear inches is an airline-industry term determining if your carry-on luggage is acceptable for their flights. To calculate linear inch measurements for your carry-on luggage, measure the length, width and depth of your carry-on bag. The sum total of these three dimensions is the linear inch total.

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Brian Teeter, 300 Healthy Travel Tips | February 27, 2017

About the Author

Brian Teeter is an author and publisher of the Healthy Trekking travel guidebooks. Learn about his new book, 300 Healthy Travel Tips by visiting www.healthytrekking.com. You can meet Brian at the upcoming Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show February 18-19 in Booth 1730.

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