American Airlines reminds passengers about limits on baggage and boxes


Summer is fast approaching, so American Airlines, a founding member of the global oneworld(R) Alliance, and American Eagle, its regional affiliate, are reminding customers about the box and bag embargo on flights to certain destinations from June 7 through Aug. 17, 2008.

“American’s intent is to provide the best customer service possible and to consider the needs of all passengers,” said Peter Dolara, American’s Senior Vice President – Miami, Caribbean and Latin America. “There are limitations on the amount of baggage that can be carried, both in the cabin and cargo areas, based on the size of aircraft.”

Customers traveling on American and American Eagle to certain destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America will not be able to check extra bags or boxes during the embargo period, due to heavy summer loads and high volumes of checked baggage to specific destinations.

The baggage embargo applies to Panama City, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa and San Salvador in Central America; Maracaibo, Barranquilla, Cali, Medellin, La Paz, Santa Cruz and Quito in South America; Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata, Port-au-Prince and Kingston in the Caribbean; as well as Mexico City, Guadalajara, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Chihuahua and Leon in Mexico. All American Eagle flights to and from San Juan are also included.

A year-round box embargo is in effect for flights originating from, and passing through, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to all Caribbean and Latin America destinations. A year-round bag and box embargo is also in effect for flights to La Paz and Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Oversize, overweight and excess baggage will not be accepted for flights to the destinations covered by the bag and box embargo. Passengers may check two bags weighing a maximum of 50 pounds each at no charge. The maximum weight for embargoed cities is 70 pounds, with bags weighing between 51-70 pounds subject to a $25 fee. One carry-on bag will be allowed with a maximum size of 45 inches and a maximum weight of 40 pounds.

Sports equipment, such as golf bags, bikes and surfboards, can be accepted as part of the total checked bag allowance, although additional charges may apply. Walkers, wheelchairs and any other assistive devices are welcomed for customers with disabilities.

In addition, American Airlines and American Eagle have introduced a $15 fee for the first checked bag and a $25 for the second checked bag for all domestic itineraries, including U.S. territories such as San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new bag fees affect tickets that are purchased on or after June 15, 2008. Itineraries with international travel are exempt from the charge and other exemptions apply.