United's Carry-On Sizing
United’s carry-on sizing has recently gone through some changes. An updated, and stricter sizing policy may mean your carry-on is no longer considered a carry-on when flying United. With a new carry-on measuring bin installed, it’s important to know what goes and what doesn’t in terms of sizing now at United Airlines. Here are the details:
United Has New Sizing Bins. While United Airline’s old bins had only two wall, their new bins are penned in by four walls. This means that United never fully measured the height of your carry-on previously, besides a loose eyeball to see that it wasn’t too far off-base. Now, however, the bin strictly measures your length, width, and height to see that it fits the bin’s 22” x 14 x 9” measurements.
You Can Check Your Bag’s Size Before Flying. United has provided a carry-on bin for your convenience by the entrance to security to make sure your bag is a carry-on. However, if you do not stop to confirm your carry-on's size with the bin before security, it is important to know you could be checked at the gate and still be subjected to the $25 dollar checked bag fee.
What Won’t Make the Cut. A number of brands make wide-body, or continental bags (London Heathrow's official carry-on size) that add an extra two inches to the width of the bag, and subtract from the height or depth to still be deemed a carry-on. Though these bags are compliant with current carry-on standards, measuring up to a total of 45", United's new policy means that a bag with this sizing won’t make the cut.
Consult with Us. Kaehler is always happy to consult about your bag’s sizing regulations. Email, chat, or call us if you would like a free consultation about your bag’s sizing confines. We are happy to tell you what carriers your bag complies with, or help find a replacement bag that will fit the carrier’s stipulations you most frequently fly with. This way there will be no chance of checked baggage fees once you hit the airport.