Flying United Airlines? Under the guise of easier boarding, new carry-on policies may cost you more.
If you are flying United, don’t get caught off-guard. United has changed it carry-on policies effective March 1, 2014, strictly limiting the size of carry-on items.
An excellent article published by The Points Guy (written by Denver-based flyer Jason Steele) explains the changes in detail but here they are in a nutshell:
- Baggage sizers have been placed at all gates and some check-in areas to measure carry-on baggage.
- A carry-on bag cannot exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches, including handle and wheels.
- A personal item (such as a shoulder bag, backpack, laptop or other item) cannot exceed 9 x 10 x 17.
- Regardless of the ticket fare class, you may be required to have your carry-on items measured in the sizer. If they don’t fit, you will have to check them and they will be subject to checked baggage fees.
The article’s take-home message: Measure your bags before leaving home, especially the 9” deep dimension. Seems like another change to make the skies less friendly. Be sure to read the Points Guy article in its entirety. Additional information is available on the United website.