Everything You Need to Know About Airline Carry-On Bag Sizes, Rules & Fees

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If there’s one thing that remains constant in air travel regulations, it’s change. From security guidelines to airline luggage restrictions, it’s an ever-evolving arena that’s sure to keep you on your toes long before you’re in the air.

In order to prevent avoidable delays at the airport, it’s critical to stay informed about and prepared for the latest rules and regulations. Today we’re talking carry-on bag rules, which – to make it even more frustrating – can vary widely between airlines. With this definitive guide on rules, size, and fees, Mori makes it easy for you to get the carry-on luggage information you need before you board your flight.

Below, we’ve broken down the 10 most popular major airline and low-cost carriers that fly within the United States and abroad. All of the airlines listed permit travel with a free personal item. Review the chart to find out which airlines charge fees for carry-on bags, their specific size requirements, and measurements for the ubiquitous “personal item.”



Other Carry-On Bag Tips


There are just a few more important things to know before prepping to travel with a carry-on bag. Check it out:

Measuring Up

When you measure your bag, be sure to include the handles, wheels, and straps. Leave no trace un-measured!

Heavy Lifting

Most airlines specify that you should be able to lift your own carry-on luggage well enough to place it in the overhead bin without assistance. While this is a good rule of thumb, in our experience, your fellow travelers will likely step in to help if needed.

Special Delivery

Specialty items that do not fit typical carry-on measurements are still required to fit in the spaces provided. For example, a musical instrument must fit in the overhead bin and small pet carriers must fit under the seat in front of you. You’ll want to check your airlines list of carry-on restrictions to make sure you’re within the boundaries of what’s permitted to bring on board.

Getting Personal

“Personal items” refer to items like a purse, backpack, laptop bag, briefcase, tote/shoulder bag, or camera bag, and must fit underneath the seat in front of you.

Carry-on Bag Options


Now that you have a better handle on carry-on bag requirements, it’s time to find a piece of luggage that fits in all the right places and looks good too. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or weekend warrior, we have the carry-on luggage you need and want.

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Extra Roomy

1. Tumi Alpha 2 Continental Expandable Carry-on

Fits on Alaskan, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, Virgin



2. Briggs & Riley Baseline CX Domestic Carry-On Expandable Spinner

Fits on all airlines listed

Also available in an upright (two wheels) version with the same dimensions

3. Hartmann Classic Deluxe Domestic Carry-On Glider

Fits on all airlines listed



4. TravelPro Crew 11 – 21” Expandable Carry On Spinner

Fits on all airlines listed

Also available in an upright (two wheels) version with the similar dimensions

5. Samsonite SoLyte 20” Expandable Spinner

Fits on all airlines listed



6. Rimowa Salsa Deluxe International Cabin Multiwheel

Fits on all airlines listed



7. Victorinox Werks Traveler 5.0 22” Dual Caster U.S. Carry-On

Fits on all airlines listed


Personal Item Bag Options

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Looking for the perfect personal item bag? Check out some of our top sellers:


Men’s Leather Briefcase

1. Mori Dorado Leather Express Scan Brief

Fits on all airlines listed


Women’s Urban Briefcase

2. Mori Metropolitan Ladies Tapered Brief

Fits on all airlines listed


Day Packs & Backpacks

3. Kavu Rope Bag

Fits on all airlines listed

4. Mori Weatherproof Coated Canvas Backpack

Fits on all airlines listed



5. Mori Noir Leather Super Shopper

Fits on Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, Virgin

6. Jump Paris – Nice 17” Shopping Tote

Fits on all airlines listed