Basic carry-on baggage advice

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A reasonable approach to carry-on baggage is to keep in mind three things: think small, think smart, and think safe. Keep in mind the following points when you pack and you will likely avoid any problems with your carry-on baggage while you are on the aircraft.

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A reasonable approach to carry-on baggage is to keep in mind three things: think small, think smart, and think safe. Keep in mind the following points when packing to avoid any problems with carry-on baggage while on the aircraft.

Think small

  • The maximum size carry-on bag for most airlines is 45 linear inches (the total of the height, width, and depth of the bag). Anything larger should be checked.
  • No oversize packages or luggage can be stowed onboard.
  • Stow only essentials (such as prescriptions, personal hygiene items, passports and other documentation) and valuable items, such as jewelry or cameras, in the carry-on bag.

Think smart

  • Plan to check more baggage and carry less in the cabin.
  • Check with the airline before packing to determine its carry-on guidelines regarding the number of items that may be carried and the maximum size of those items.
  • In certain situations the airline may require most or even all bags to be checked, even ar carry-on bag, so be prepared to have all valuables or necessary items in a bag small enough to fit under the seat.
  • Put contact information on or inside carry-on so if the airline has it checked it at the last minute, the bag can be identified after arrival, or will help the airline find it if the bag gets lost or delayed.

Think safe

  • Carry-on items that may fall from overhead bins can cause injury during the flight or in the event of an emergency evacuation.
  • Stow heavy items under the seat in front, not overhead.
  • Don’t stack items in the overhead storage bin.
  • If an emergency evacuation is necessary, leave carry-on items on the plane.
  • Remember, be safety conscious when stowing your carry-on items.
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