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Old 11-20-2009, 10:06 AM   #1
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Carry-on Question

Is your carry-on measured at all segments of your flight? We connect in DTW and ATL and I am wondering if they measure each time. Our local airport said our bag was ok even if it was slightly larger than the measurements. (I had it pre-measured ). I just want to make sure the other airports aren't going to measure every time.

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Old 11-20-2009, 10:31 AM   #2
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I've never actually had one measured. I just carry it on. It they hand me a yellow tag I figure the plane is on the small side and they put it underneath for that leg of the flight. If they don't I assume it will fit in the overhead.

I have seen some HUGE things carried on that I couldn't believe made it on. I don't even know who would measure the bags. The size is the airline rule, I think. Not TSA.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:41 AM   #3
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I've never seen one measured.

Since it appears you are flying from the UP, you will probably be on a small commuter sized plane to DTW. Since these don't have much of overhead storage, as you board the aircraft they will probably take your bag and stash it somewhere. They will then give it back to you as you get off the plane.

On your other flights you'll just take the bag with you and put it in the overhead or under the seat in front of you.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:55 PM   #4
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Is your carry-on measured at all segments of your flight? We connect in DTW and ATL and I am wondering if they measure each time. Our local airport said our bag was ok even if it was slightly larger than the measurements.!
If you are chosen at random to have your bag measured and the bag is even slightly larger than the maximum permitted measurements, you may have a problem.

But I would protest on the spot an oversized measurement done over a bulge that disappeared when the bag was turned on a different side.

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Old 11-20-2009, 01:07 PM   #5
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But I would protest on the spot an oversized measurement done over a bulge that disappeared when the bag was turned on a different side.

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Old 11-20-2009, 01:34 PM   #6
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A person at your local airport can't even guarantee the airline at your local airport will let an oversized carryon bag slide. The statement is less then worthless at a connecting airport.

You may have a problem if your bag only fits in the overhead bin lengthwise.

Carryon bags are generally measured with a sizing template, if you can squeeze the bag in the template you'll be OK>
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:50 PM   #7
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We have such a small airport that only one person basically works the counter so I probably won't have a problem there. As for dimensions, the only way the bag goes over is because of the length, the wheels are what make it slightly too long. The width and depth fit. Does that make a difference?
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:51 PM   #8
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We have such a small airport that only one person basically works the counter so I probably won't have a problem there. As for dimensions, the only way the bag goes over is because of the length, the wheels are what make it slightly too long. The width and depth fit. Does that make a difference?
No. If it come to being measured ALL the dimensions must be within the limits.
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:57 PM   #9
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It may be ok at your local airport but be warned you may have trouble at other airports.
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Old 11-20-2009, 02:06 PM   #10
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We have such a small airport that only one person basically works the counter so I probably won't have a problem there. As for dimensions, the only way the bag goes over is because of the length, the wheels are what make it slightly too long. The width and depth fit. Does that make a difference?
Yes. The dimensions are designed to make sure your bag fits in the overhead bin. A passenger who tries to sneak in a bag that only fits in the bin lenghtwise is being rude to other passengers. I guess it depends on what you mean by "slightly" too long. Half an inch might work.

The question isn't if the airline will measure the bag, the question is if the bag will fit in the bin "wheels in".

Charges for checked luggage result in more carryon bags. Don't count on being allowed to stow an oversized bag, at the expense of other passengers.

It might be time for new luggage.

edited to add if you post your airline and luggage dimensions someone might be able to give up better information.

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I have never had a carryon measured at all.
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your carry on can be checked at every airport you enter. Typically it is at the gate where you run into issues, so you could get to your connection and run into issues.....
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Old 11-20-2009, 04:09 PM   #13
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Beware of the differences between airports and airlines on what is the acceptable number of carryon items too, not just the size.

In May my airline (Air Canada) accepted, as listed on their website, the roller bag, a second over the shoulder bag, within a certain size, AND a purse/diaper bag etc. Had no problem leaving Halifax. On the return trip, out of Tampa, there was security standing at the enterance to the gates not allowing us past them until we had somehow managed to shove our purses into one of the carryons! You can imagine how easy THAT was! Once we were at AC's gate out came the purses again no problem.

This incident will definitly figure into my packing plans for next time!
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For those of you who have never had a carry-on measured, what airline do you fly? I am not sure if NWA/Delta is really strict.
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Beware of the differences between airports and airlines on what is the acceptable number of carryon items too, not just the size.

In May my airline (Air Canada) accepted, as listed on their website, the roller bag, a second over the shoulder bag, within a certain size, AND a purse/diaper bag etc. Had no problem leaving Halifax. On the return trip, out of Tampa, there was security standing at the enterance to the gates not allowing us past them until we had somehow managed to shove our purses into one of the carryons! You can imagine how easy THAT was! Once we were at AC's gate out came the purses again no problem.

This incident will definitly figure into my packing plans for next time!
In the US, it's one carryon bag and one personal bag. The purse or diaper bag would be a personal bag.

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For those of you who have never had a carry-on measured, what airline do you fly? I am not sure if NWA/Delta is really strict.
It really depends on the airport and if the gate agent is a stickler for the rules. If the flight is full, they might be more strict. When the overheads are full, they will force the remainder to gate check. It's only fair that those whose bags are within the regulation size get a space.
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