If you plan to fly United and take along a carry-on bag, better give it a good hard look before you start packing.
Size Limits Now Enforced
As FareCompare reported last week, United is cracking down on over-sized bags. These are the airline’s current, allowable dimensions:
- 9 inches X 14 inches X 22 inches (with handles, wheels)
If your carry-on is bigger, the airline will whisk it away to cargo and you will be stuck with a checked-bag fee ($25 one-way for a first checked-bag, $35 for a second).
Why This is Good
1. More room: Fewer over-sized carry-ons means more bin spin space for the rest of us.
2. Quicker boarding: Passengers will be able to get to their seats more quickly since the aisles won’t be crowded with people trying to jam too-large bags into too-small bins. This may even help the airline with on-time departure statistics.
3. Justice for all: Instead of having oversized carry-on bags taken away at the gate for free cargo transportation, size violators will also have to pay the checked-bag fee just like everyone else.
4. Educational: This will force travelers to brush up on valuable math skills in calculating baggage dimensions.
5. Shopping is fun: There are plenty of bags available in stores and online that fit United’s size requirements.
BONUS: Imaginative travelers may prefer to skip carry-ons altogether and try “wearable luggage.”