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United May Crack Down on Carry-On Baggage Next Month

February 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

We might just be spreading rumors at this point, but we figure that’s it better to share the message anyway. We’ve seen a couple mentions of this across frequent flyer forums and other travel blogs, and it sounds like United is getting ready to crack down on its carry-on baggage rules starting on March 1. Things aren’t necessarily changing at all, but the carrier is actually just going to start enforcing them as they are written.

One has not arrived in our inbox as of yet, but United has been sending out reminder emails to its customers notifying them of these carry-on rules and regulations. The fun is scheduled to start on March 1, so if you have plans to travel aboard United anytime soon you might want to double-check that bag—or be prepared to check it.

We doubt they will send every single passenger over to the bag-sizer thing to measure up, but we wouldn’t be surprised if those looking a little oversized might just get measured. Just as a reminder, United says that the maximum dimensions for a carry-on bag are 9 x 14 x 22". As for your personal item that should be stashed under the seat—it’s 9 by 10 by 17 inches for something like a shoulder bag, backpack, laptop bag or other small item. We’ve been guilty on that one, as we’ve been pretty aggressive sticking extra junk into our laptop bag in the past.

So again—this is all only a possibility, but be careful out there in the battle for the overhead bin!

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Finally.

This can't happen soon enough. The disruptions caused by people trying to avoid baggage fees have to stop. Not only do these people slow the departure of the plane, but they create significant bad will with those people who travel light and comply with the regulations by monopolizing bin space. Here's hoping that the pricing and rule enforcement will weed out those who make flying so unpleasant.

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