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Ever-so-slightly oversize baggage on SWA?

western WA
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Ever-so-slightly oversize baggage on SWA?

Hi,

I need to carry a lot of stuff home for a college-age relative, and I'm flying Southwest.

I know that in practice airlines will let you fly with a bag that weighs a smidge over 50 lbs.

The mass-produced trunks this student has measure 62.5 inches according to online specifications (that I could print out and carry with me). The maximum size SWA allows is 62", with a $75 oversize charge above that.

Of course, we'll be sure to keep the weight a couple of pounds under 50 lbs.

Should I take one up to the airport to check it out? What do you think?

Liverpool, UK
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1. Re: Ever-so-slightly oversize baggage on SWA?

"The mass-produced trunks this student has measure 62.5 inches according to online specifications " - In my experience the measurements quoted by manufacturers/retailers are frequently internal dimensions and exclude handles/wheels which have to be taken into account in the airlines size limits.

As long as the 62.5 inches includes any wheels/handles you'll probably be ok as long as you don't get an over zealous check in agent.

western WA
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2. Re: Ever-so-slightly oversize baggage on SWA?

I was thinking it might come down to the agent. They don't seem an overzealous group as a whole,but you never know.

I will do some measuring of my own to make sure.

3. Re: Ever-so-slightly oversize baggage on SWA?

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4. Re: Ever-so-slightly oversize baggage on SWA?

mickt

Whilst I generally have little sympathy for those who exceed baggage limits I don't think an extra 0.5 inch makes a great deal of difference although I do accept that it's over limit and technically it doesn't matter whether it's 0.5 inch or 5 inches.

South Pole
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5. Re: Ever-so-slightly oversize baggage on SWA?

probably your on the limit legal bag exceeds that limit due to thermal expansion at some time or other, mickt

the oversize carryon arguments/discussions need to be kept rational.

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6. Re: Ever-so-slightly oversize baggage on SWA?

This bag size is NOT a carryon size!

This is the size for checked luggage.

I have never checked a bag/trunk larger than the allowed limit so I don't know how they decide.

I have seen them weigh bags for checking but I haven't seen them measure them.

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8. Re: Ever-so-slightly oversize baggage on SWA?

mickt

This is about checked bags, not carry on.

Chicago, Illinois
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9. Re: Ever-so-slightly oversize baggage on SWA?

There has to be a limit somewhere. Wherever they put it, someone will try to bring a bag 1/2" too big. If it is too big, you run the risk of being charged the over-size fee. Most US airlines seem pretty lenient, but I guess it is up to you. Worst case is you pay the over-size fee.

Just as a note, European airlines are a lot stricter about bag size and weight. When traveling in Europe, they regularly weigh my bag and check the size to make sure it is OK.

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10. Re: Ever-so-slightly oversize baggage on SWA?

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