I’ve been watching the rumors about this on FlyerTalk for about a month, and now United has posted this ….
United is now enforcing its carry on bag rules. New sizers are installed at the gates for both the carry on bag and personal item. Every bag has to fit the sizer, or it’s checked into the hold with the appropriate checked bag fee being charged.
The maximum dimensions for the carry on and personal item are –
- Carry On – 22” x 14”x 9” (56 x 35 x 23 cm)
- Personal Item - 17" x 10” x 9” (43 x 25 x 23 cm)
There have been reports, observations and discussions on FlyerTalk (see below), and it’s pretty clear that it’s being enforced, including for First and Business class passengers and elite frequent fliers, so nobody gets a pass.
I’d be expecting a few complaints and rants to start showing up around the web in the coming weeks and months. There may be some airports that haven’t yet taken delivery of the sizers and so some people may get away with it for a few more weeks (or until they try boarding their connecting flight).
But be aware, it looks like no more kitchen sinks on United.