What is US domestic baggage allowance for major Airlines?

Unlike in the past, today’s rules are a bit strict for most US airline, even though, most Airlines have similar rules for the size, and weight that your bag will need to follow.

It’s important to know these rules before you decide which airline to fly.

Not sticking to the airline rules could mean dealing with outcomes like paying some hefty luggage charges.

So, it’s a good idea to understand these rules before you start your trip.

Let’s find out.


US domestic Carry on baggage

Passengers flying within the united states of america are allowed on board one carry on baggage and one personal item ; the personal item can be one of the following items:

  • handbags, 
  • briefcases,
  • laptops, 
  • daypacks
  • small backpacks

In addition of your carry on bag and personal item you are also allowed to carry the following items: a coat, reading material, small bag of food and devices such as wheelchairs and walkers.

You should check with your airline first, but most domestic airlines permit a carry-on piece of luggage that is 45 linear (total) inches. A common sized bag for carry-on luggage is 22″x 14″x 9″. Most airlines have a carry-on weight limit of 40 pounds.

Airlines are more now strict with carry on baggage than the past, please make sure that your size and weight limits are compatible with the airline allowance.

International airlines may have different restrictions for carry-on luggage. Again, it is always best to check with your airline first to get their exact requirements.

  • Be sure to check your airline’s website prior to travel.
  • Measurements must include handles and wheels.
  • To calculate linear dimensions add the length, width, and height together.
American Airlines (AA)22 x 14 x 9 inches
Alaska Air (AS)24 x 17 x 10
Delta (DL)22 x 14 x 9
Hawaiian (HA)22 x 14 x 911.25 kg

Jetblue (B6)24 x 16 x 10
United (UA)22 x 14 x 9
US Airways (US)22 x 14 x 9
Virgin America (VX)50 (linear)
Alaska Air (AS)24 x 17 x 10

US domestic Checked Luggage

Most Major Airlines allows it’s guests one checked baggage and one carry on bag as stated above; the maximum weight is limited of 50 pound for each checked bag as well as a size restriction.

The most common maximum size bag allowed is 62 linear (total) inches. A common size bag for checking through is: 27″ x 21″ x 14″.

airlines will allow you to carry additional baggage, oversize or overweight baggage; but with extra charges.

Some airlines are typically very strict on appliying their policies. so the extra fees may be bit expensive.

Please make sure Make sure you know the exact details of your airlines checked baggage before you fly.

Checked baggae may be subject for inspection at the airport; make sure that your bag don’t contain any restricted items; or its lokced.

Please make sure to place your personal items like cameras and prescription medicine in your carry-on bag.

make sure to have your personal information clearly written on luggage tags on both the outside and inside of all your bags and luggage.

If you are traveling overseas, make a copy of your passport. Keep a copy of your itinerary with you, showing flight numbers and hotel names and phone numbers.