AMERICAN AIRLINES (AA) Carry On Guide
AMERICAN AIRLINES (AA) Carry On Policy
You can bring one small carry-on bag plus one personal item per passenger as long as the carry-on bag fits comfortably in the sizer without being forced and does not exceed overall dimensions of 45 inches (length + width + height).
The maximum dimensions cannot exceed any of the following measurements:
22″ long x 14″ wide x 9″ tall or 115cm (56 x 36 x 23 cm).
The size limitation of your luggage is calculated by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, length + width + height.
Carry-on roller board bags, duffle bags, large backpacks, or other personal items that don’t fit in the overhead bins or under the seat must be checked at the gate and placed in the cargo compartment on American Eagle planes.
All carry-on items should be stowed in an overhead bin.
AMERICAN AIRLINES Personal Bag Rules
The personal item must be smaller than your carry-on bag and must fit under the seat in front of you.
Personal items includes:
- Laptop bag
Additional items that will be allowed above and beyond the restrictions listed above include:
- Outerwear such as coats/wraps/hats
- Book or newspaper
- Small bag of food
- Approved safety seat for lap or ticketed child
- Pillow or blanket
- Diaper bag for lap or ticketed child
- Duty free items
- Medical devices for passengers such as wheelchairs, walkers etc
What are the American Airline Restricted Items?
Battery Tips – Carry spare lithium batteries for laptops, phones and cameras in your carry-on bag with the terminals covered/insulated.
Items marked with a green “” are OK to pack as noted.
Items marked with a red “” are prohibited from your carry-on and/or checked baggage.
|Carry-On Bag||Checked Bags|
|Pottery, Glass, or Wood|
|Printer and Toner Cartridges|
(16 oz or greater, to/from Canada)
|Internal Combustion Engines (Outboard motors, chainsaws, generators, gas powered weed eaters)|
|Liquids, Gels, or Aerosols (Purchased Beyond the Security Checkpoints)|
|Liquids, Gels, or Aerosols (3.4 oz. (100ml) or Less packed per TSA regulations)|
|Liquids, Gels, or Aerosols (More than 3.4 oz. (100ml) and/or not packed per TSA regulations)|
|Alcohol (More than 3.4 oz.)||Restrictions|
(containing camp stoves with the residue of flammable liquid, camp fuel cylinders, strike-anywhere matches, insect sprays, propane heaters, etc.)
(Fireworks, gunpowder, signal flares, sparklers, or other explosives)
|Flammable Liquids or Solids|
(Fuel, paints, lighter refills, strike anywhere matches, Sterno, self-heating meals such as MREs)
(Drain cleaners, solvents, other caustic or corrosive solids or liquids)
|Lithium Batteries (Checked bags may only contain batteries installed in electronic devices)|
|Matches/Lighters (One book of safety matches or one common lighter)|
|Other Hazardous Materials|
(Gasoline-powered tools, wet-cell batteries, radioactive materials, poisons, infectious substances)
|Personal Air Purifiers|
(containing hazardous, oxidizing or reactive materials.)
(Knives, cutting instruments – including carpet knives, box cutters, folding or retractable blades, with a cutting edge of more than four inches, pliers larger than seven inches)
(Firearms, ammunition, mace, tear-gas, or pepper spray)
TSA’s recently announced changes to its Prohibited Items list, including allowing small pocket knives on aircraft, has been temporarily delayed. For more information visit tsa.gov
Extra AA Travel Information
Strollers that are large, non-collapsible or over 20 lbs. must be checked at the ticket counter.
Customers with pets travelling as checked baggage are required to present a valid health certificate.
If you’re checking a bag, be sure you are familiar with baggage cutoff times and check-in recommendations as well as security checkpoints, options for obtaining a boarding pass, premium security checkpoints and more.
Please note that more than one baggage charge may apply to a particular bag. For example a second checked bag that is overweight would incur both a second checked bag charge and an overweight bag charge. If that bag was also oversize, it would incur an oversize charge as well.
Attention First and Business Class Customers
First and Business Class the ability to check three bags at no charge when travelling on American or connecting with British Airways or Iberia.