Carry-On Bag Rules From Major U.S. Airlines
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Lester

By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.
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Hey, travelers! We all know that the most stressful part of traveling can sometimes be right at the beginning starting at the airport. It’s such a struggle making sure to meticulously pack a carry-on bag so that all the essentials are in your reach only to get to the gate and find out it’s too big and has to be checked. It’s happened to all of us. And its really one of those overlooked factors when planning a trip. Major U.S. airlines have some pretty strict carry-on bag rules. These are readily available on every airline’s website and still, most of us aren’t aware of them. Yes, there is some leeway, but the overhead storage is built to accommodate a certain sized bag.

 

If you’re wondering why the rules sometimes seem pretty flexible, like sometimes you get away with getting that extra stuffed carry-on into the plane is because some flights aren’t sold out. So the gate attendant might be willing to let you on with a carry-on that is a little larger than the airline’s regulation. Sometimes, if it fits the bin, no worries. But if you are on a flight that is booked to full capacity, you definitely can’t count of sneaking your big bag on with you. And one last overlooked fact of flying: if you are one of the last to board the plane, you might be forced to check your bag because there’s no room left in the cabin.

 

 

So what to do? What is the best way to ensure that you and your carry on end up on that plane? Make sure you are within the required carry-on regulations for the particular airline you are flying. The general rule is that U.S. airlines permit economy luggage measures 45 inches wide, no weight limit, as long as it fits in the overhead storage bin. And exception: if you’re plane is smaller and the crew decides to check bags.

 

Each airline has its own specific rules. Here are some of the major airlines’ rules:

 

JetBlue passengers carry on bags must be no larger than 22″ x 14″ x 9″. No weight restrictions.

Delta passengers carry-on bags must be no larger than 22” x 14” x 9”. No weight restrictions.

United Airlines passengers carry-on bags must be no larger than 22″ x 14″ x 9″. No weight restrictions.

 

Whichever airline you are flying, be sure to check out the company’s website before you pack.