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How does a luggage company call something a carry on, when in fact the size of said carry on is not uniform, it is in fact determined by the individual airlines. Some airlines say a carry on can't weight more then 11 pounds. 11=6.8=4.2. Keep in mind unless all you put in this size suitcase is hose and underwear........there's no way it's not going to weight more then 4.2 pounds. AND this carry on is a good 3 pounds lighter then most. I checked out about 15 different models, styles, and makers recently.
Some airlines say a carry on should not be larger then 40-45-50 inches total. I found 3 different parameters when looking through American Airlines, Southwest, and Delta's webpages. What does then mean, not total more then 40-45-or 50 inches? L+W+H. American Airlines specifically gives these dimensions 22 x 14 x 19. If you add 22+14+19 you get 45. In centimeters they list 56x36x23. Another website indicates 10 x 16 x 24. Those measurements total 50. But, get out your yard stick and see how small those measurements actually are. And yet we constantly see duffels and suitcases so large it takes 2 grown men to lift it in the overhead and takes up 2 or 3 spaces. I don't think this should be permitted. Heavy plans use more fuel, more fuel makes the need to raise the cost of tickets. Why should the traveler not toting a heavy too large carry on help to pay for those who do not abide by the rules? AND...it makes loading the plan slower.
A carry on should a few items you need or want to have with you during the flight, NOT your weeks worth of junk...you need to check that bag. Think about it next time you travel. Get your tape measure out and actually measure your bag. Weight it, see how far beyond 11 pounds you are.
I measured 3 different "carry on's" here at the house. Bags that look more like a brief case and they're all in the 17 x 5 x 15 range. They don't have wheels and I doubt most of them would fit under the seat. Seems the airlines need to re-define what is a carry one. Perhaps there should be categories, those with bags that fit under the seat free, those that use up valuable cargo above charge them, perhaps less then a checked bag...but, that would be a more equitable arrangement. Pay for what you use. I often opt for a canvass Zip back I can stuff under the seat and easily carry.
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