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Carry-on sizing experience

Carry-on sizing experience

  1. Ed W

    I just had two really neat hard shell carry-on suitcases brought over to Canada from a friend in China but I’m worried about the sizing.

    They’re both hard shells with the middle zipper that’s a bit compressible. Without any pressure, they measure at 9.75 x 15.7 x 21.6 (including wheels and handles kind of bulging out). If I apply some pressure, I can force it down to 9.25 to 9.5 for the depth.

    I know this is larger than Air Canada / Westjet / Delta / AA / United / Cathay, but within the sizing limits for Alaska / BA and a few others.

    Just wanted to see what people’s experiences are getting slightly larger carry-ons on board. I know Lucky’s Tumi 20′ has an advertised depth of 9 inches but I remember reading his review or comparison post and it actually measured 9.5 inches.

    Also, I saw that Air Canada began tagging carry-ons with an approved sticker starting last June, just wanted to see if anyone has experienced that and whether it is consistent?

  2. David W

    I havent flown AC but unless they’re using the carry on sizer, you should be fine. If they DO use the sizer, its really at the discretion of the airline

  3. Donna

    The AA Carry-On “police” we’re out last December at PHL with their new sizer rack prior to boarding a full flight to SAN. For me, it wasn’t an issue but they weren’t allowing people to squeeze the compressible (zippered) part. I actually noticed that the black lines for the other measurements were a bit liberal based on my bag which fit easily within the lines.

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