What Are the Overhead Baggage Size Limits for the Major Airlines?


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The three largest U.S. airlines -- American, Delta and United -- all require that carry-on bags measure at most 22 inches by 14 inches by 9 inches. Southwest Airlines allows a slightly larger carry-on bag that may measure at most 24 inches by 16 inches by 10 inches.

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Carry-on bags should be able to fit comfortably into bag sizers in the terminal. Each of the airlines allows travelers to carry on one bag that fits the size restrictions, as well as one personal item such as a purse, briefcase, laptop bag or camera bag. United limits the personal item to 17 inches by 10 inches by 9 inches, while American, Delta and Southwest do not list a specific limit.

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