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It’s annoying to find out, at the security check in the airport, that you’re not allowed to carry your favorite items and personal hygiene products on a plane.
That happens for two reasons while you’re packaging your luggage. Either you are in a hurry and forget about the restrictions applied to certain items on-board of the plane, or you are simply not aware that some items are banned by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration during travel.
If that happens to you, you’ll be asked to remove the restricted items from your carry-on bag and leave them in the airport.
To avoid throwing away, favorite and sometimes expensive, items that help you maintain your personal hygiene checklist you need to know upfront what you are allowed to take with you on-board and what you are not. This will save you time while packaging your travel luggage and will make you feel more confident when going through a security check in the airport.
Today, in this article, I will share the main rules that apply onto transporting carry-on bags and checked luggage, and will also share a list of personal care products that you are allowed to carry on the plane.
The general check-in process
While checking-in for the flight, the airline operator asks your passport, air tickets and asks you to hand over your luggage. Next, you need to pass over a security check where the security police will check your carry-on bag for the presence of banned items on the plane.
To pass the security check successfully you need to know the following:
What are the restrictions applied to carry-on bags? What size should be your carry-on bad? And which personal care products you can take with you and which you can’t?
Let’s take it step by step.
Depending on the weight and dimension size of your baggage it is divided into two main categories: a) the carry-on bags and b) checked luggage.
a) Carry-on bags
This is the baggage you are taking with you on a board of a plane. Many also call it hand baggage or cabin baggage.
You should not have problems with carry-on baggage not exceeding the dimensions 22” in length, 18 in width and depth of 10”.
When it comes to the weight of your carry-on bag you should not have problems if it’s not heavier than 22 lbs.
It’s recommendable to check for these rules prior to flying on the website of your airline.
Your carry-on baggage is always checked for forbidden objects with a scanner.
Maximum dimensions for carry-on bag by American Airlines?
- United Airlines : 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm), including handles and wheels. (may not exceed 45 linear inches)
- American Airlines: 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches / 23 x 36 x 56 centimeters (including handles and wheels) (may not exceed 45 linear inches)
- Southwest Airlines: 10 inches x 16 inches x 24 inches (may not exceed 50 linear inches)
- Alaska Airlines: 24 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (61cm x 25cm x 43cm), including wheels and handles (may not exceed 51 linear inches)
- Delta Airlines: 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches (56 x 35 x 23 cm) (Carry-on bags may not exceed 45 linear inches in combined length x width x height)
- JetBlue: 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches, including wheels/handles (may not exceed 50 linear inches)
- Hawaiian Airlines: 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (may not exceed 45 linear inches) Weight limit of 25 lbs per passenger (the only airline on the list with a weight limit for carry-ons)
- Spirit Airlines: 22 inches x 18 inches x10 inches (may not exceed 50 linear inches)
- Virgin America: 24 inches x 16 inches x 10 inches (may not exceed 50 linear inches)
- Allegiant Airlines: 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches (may not exceed 45 linear inches)
- Horizon Air: 24″ inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (61cm x 25cm x 43cm), including wheels and handles (may not exceed 51 linear inches)
- Frontier Airlines: 24 inches x 16 inches x 10 inches (may not exceed 50 linear inches)
- Sun Country: 24 inches x 16 inches x 11 inches (may not exceed 51 linear inches)
See below an illustration that demonstrates how the linear inches are summed up:
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b) Checked luggage
Larger and heavier baggage is transported into the plane’s cargo area. These are handed over at the check-in desk of your airline at the airport.
Excess baggage fees apply in case your checked baggage exceeds certain maximum dimensions or weight or there are more pieces of it. Again, there is no general rule on them. You should always look them up before flying. Just keep the weight under 45 lbs and there shouldn’t be any extra fees.
The list of restricted items and personal hygiene products on plane
Now that you know what the permissible carry-on luggage dimensions on the board of a plane are it’s time to take a look which items and personal care products are allowed on a plane.
Check the TSA regulations regarding items and personal hygiene products on a plane in the list below.
So, when planning a flight travel, visit the airline’s website to inform yourself about the restrictions on the size and weight of the luggage. This may save your time at the airport and prevent being forced to leave in the airport your favorite stuff.
Be informed before you pack your travel luggage. This allows you to put the right items in to the right luggage. As a result, you’ll feel a lot more confident at the checkpoint in the airport and the security people won’t ask you questions and won’t ask you to undress, take everything out from your carry-on bag or take off your shoes (this is embarrassing).