Carry-On Baggage Tips

Planning a trip? Thinking about carrying on your luggage for your next flight? If so, here are a few tips for you:

Think Small…

  • The maximum size carry-on bag for most airlines is 45 linear inches (the total of the height, width, and depth of the bag). Anything larger should be checked.
  • Some aircraft have limited overhead bin space, and your personal item will need to fit under the seat in front of you.
  • Check with your airline if you plan to travel with oversized packages or luggage.

Think Smart…

  • Start with an empty bag to ensure nothing was left inside that shouldn’t be there.
  • Some items are only allowed in your carry-on. Before you pack your bags, know what goes in checked, what must carry on and what you should leave at home. Learn how to pack dangerous goods safely in our PackSafe chart
  • Check with your airline before packing to determine its carry-on guidelines regarding the number of items you may carry on and the maximum size of those items. Some airline rules are stricter than posted regulations. 
  • The airline may require most or even all of your bags to be checked, so be prepared to do so. Learn more about gate-checked bags.

Think Safe…

  • Carry-on items which may fall from overhead bins can injure you or other passengers during flight or in the event of an emergency evacuation.
  • Stow heavy items under the seat in front of you, not overhead.
  • Tuck in bag straps to avoid a tripping hazard.
  • Don't stack items in the overhead storage bin.
  • If an emergency evacuation is necessary, leave your carry-on items on the plane. Retrieving personal items may impede the safe evacuation of passengers.
  • If you are asked to check your bag at the gate or planeside, remove your spare batteries and lithium battery powered devices to keep them in the cabin with you. These could include power banks, vapes, cell phones, laptops, etc. 

Have a Question?

  • Call your airline or visit its website.
  • Check with your travel agent.
  • Visit the Air Travel section of the Transportation Security Administration website.
  • For questions on packing hazmat or dangerous goods, contact the FAA at
Last updated: Tuesday, April 16, 2024