Carry On Sizes, Allowances & Policy for Baggage Guide

What is Carry On?
What is Carry On?

What is Carry on Baggage?

By definition, a carry-on bag is “small or compact enough to be carried aboard and stowed on an airplane, train, or bus by a passenger”.

Most people who know the word carry on or have used a carry-on typically use them by way of airplane for 2-4 day trips.

A carry-on bag is typically one that you carry onto the plane and store in the overhead bin. All airlines and planes have different requirements and restrictions as to what sizes are allowed, what the maximum weight allowed it as well as what can be carried in the bag.

Domestic airplanes typically provide a larger size to be allowed in comparison to international airplanes (we’ll get more into that later).

Let us Guide you with our CARRY ON SIZES Guide

Carry On Luggage Airline Regulations

Carry On Luggage Regulations
Carry On Luggage Regulations

Recently, airlines have become much stricter enforcing their carry-on luggage size requirements.

Previously, airlines measured the size of the actual bag (not including the wheels).
Now, airlines are measuring from the floor to the top of the bag, including the wheels and handle, effectively tightening the restrictions and rendering older carry-ons too large.

Today, most domestic airlines in the United States allow carry-ons up to 22” by 14” by 9,” for a total of 45” linear inches. Many international flights have even tighter restrictions allowing bags sized only 42” linear inches or smaller. These dimensions do not apply to all airlines.

Some airlines have dimensions slightly larger, or slightly smaller, so it is extremely important to check with the airline before using a bag as a carry-on.

Below we have provided a breakdown of most major airlines and their carry-on restrictions.

Although we update this periodically, please be sure to check with the airlines for their most up to date restrictions and fees.

Carry on Size & Weight Allowance by Airline


Aeromexico Carry on Details
22x14x922 lb

Air Canada Baggage Allowance Guide
21.5×15.5×922 lb

Air France Baggage Allowance Guide
21.5×13.5×930 lb

Air New Zealand Baggage Allowance Guide
46 total linear15 lb

Alaska Airlines Carry On Details
24x17x10No limit

Alitalia Baggage Allowance Guide
21.5×13.5×917 lb

All Nippon Airways (ANA) Baggage Allowance Size Guide
22x16x1022 lb

American Airlines Carry On Guide
22x14x9No limit

British Airways (BA) Baggage Allowance Size Guide
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Cathay Pacific Baggage Allowance Size Guide

22x14x915 lb

Delta Air Lines Carry On Size Guide
22x14x9No limit

El Al Baggage Allowance Size Guide
22x18x1017 lb
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Frontier Airlines Carry On Size Guide

24x16x1035 lb
Hawaiian Airlines Carry On Size Guide
22x14x925 lb

Japan Airlines Baggage Allowance Size Guide
22x16x1022 lb

JetBlue Airways Carry On Size Guide
24x16x10No limit

KLM Baggage Allowance Guide
21.5x10x13.526 lb

Korean Air Baggage Allowance Size Guide
21.5x16x7.526 lb
Lufthansa21.5x16x917.5 lb

Philippine Airlines Baggage Allowance Size Guide
45 total linear15 lb
Qantas Airways Carry On Size Guide45 total linear15 lb

Saudia Airlines Baggage Size Allowance Guide
22x18x1016 lb

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) Baggage Allowance Guide

22x16x917 lb

Singapore Airlines Baggage Allowance Guide

45 total linear15 lb
24x16x10No limit

Sun Country Airlines Carry On Guide
22x16x1135 lb

Thai Airways Baggage Allowance Guide
22x18x1015 lb

United Airlines Carry On Guide
22x14x9No limit

Virgin America Carry On Guide
24x16x10No limit

Virgin Atlantic Baggage Allowance Guide
22x14x913 lb


Read our Carry on Baggage Beginner Guide