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2012/02/27

Airline Luggage Rules

With the recent crack down on airline baggage in travel, many airlines have taken upon themselves more strict guidelines when dealing with their luggage. Here are five major United States airlines and their general guidelines. All airlines must follow the guidelines set by the Transportation Security Administration.

American Airlines- Your baggage cannot be checked before the day of departure. All baggage is subject to inspection by the TSA. Your name and address must be on the outside of the baggage. The baggage must be checked at least 30 minutes before take off.

Delta Airlines- Your carry-on luggage may not exceed 45 inches in width + length + height. It must fit into the ‘SizeCheck’ unit at the airport. Your luggage must be under 50 lbs and under 62 inches when totaling width, length and height.

Jet Blue- Each piece of luggage may not exceed 62 inches in length, width and height and may not be more than 50 lbs. The baggage must be checked in 30 minutes before your flight if you are flying domestic and 60 minutes if you are flying international. It will not be checked before four hours to fly.

Southwest Airlines- The TSA may screen and search any luggage. Your name and address must be on the outside of the luggage. The dimensions of your baggage must not exceed 62 inches, the weight must not be more than 50 lbs. Most airports require only 30 minute check in before the flight, however some of the larger airports require a 45 minute check in. Check the Southwest website for your airport.

US Airways- You may begin checking in your luggage 24 hours prior to the flight and up to 60 minutes before takeoff. Baggage check can be done online for $5 dollars less than the $20 charged at the airport.

Discussion: Do you have any horror stories from the TSA?

Cited: http://www.tsa.gov/
Cited: http://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInformation/baggage/generalInfo.jsp&anchorEvent=false
Cited: http://www.delta.com/traveling_checkin/baggage/baggage_allowance/index.jsp
Cited: http://www.jetblue.com/deals/first-bag-free/?intcmp=HPFirstBagFree20092710
Cited: http://www.southwest.com/travel_center/travel_alert.html
Cited: http://www.usairways.com/

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