ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

New Carry-On Restrictions For Air Travel Can Cost You Money

Updated on June 10, 2014

If you're a frequent traveler like we are, you probably are already aware of the fairly new pricing for checked luggage. And, if you're a frugal traveler like we are, you want to make sure you never ever have to check luggage. After all, what good is that fantastic weekend fare you found to Las Vegas if you have to add another $25-50 to check luggage?

But, even if you're a frequent traveler, I'll bet you're a bit in the dark about the new movement toward restricted size carry on bags - you read that right. Now, certain airlines (read: American, Delta and United) have lowered the size of the customary carry on. Anything over 22" tall or 14" wide must be checked on these dastardly airlines. I call 'foul,' but doubt they'll ever hear me. I especially call 'foul' as there is no FAA requirement on this type of bag sizing - at least, not yet.

Having just invested in a fantastic Samsonite Cosmolite suitcase in the 20" size, I was dismayed to find that my favorite suitcase was 1" over the width limitation, coming in at a bulky (?) 15". So, I set out to find another bag that matched the airlines requirements (I tend to travel a lot on United although I may start to rethink that policy).

One of the few bags I found was the Briggs & Riley Baseline Domestic Carry-On Spinner Bag. Having four wheels was a requirement of mine as it's just delightful to wheel these new suitcases around without having to lean them back and have the burden of the suitcase's weight on my wrists. Note: these four wheel spinner suitcases do tend to run away though on a hill so keep a close eye on them when unpacking the car in the airport's parking lot.

This Briggs & Riley suitcase would make an excellent Christmas present for anyone who has the travel bug. Add a ticket to a unique destination as an added surprise.

It was hard finding luggage that was only 14" wide as most small carry on suitcases are at least 15". I'm sure manufacturers will bend to the the new airline terms and start producing luggage that meets the mark. So, bookmark this page and I'll add additional items as they become available.

Travelpro Luggage Platinum Magna 21 Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter, Black, One Size
Travelpro Luggage Platinum Magna 21 Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter, Black, One Size

This suitcase meets the requirements for overhead compartment travel on all airlines, even with the new restrictions.

Samsonite Black Label Cosmolite Carry-on 20 IN Silver
Samsonite Black Label Cosmolite Carry-on 20 IN Silver

This is our new bag which is amazing but 1" too wide for the new restrictions. Regardless, I love it. It's feather lite as is it's 29" companion.

John and me snorkeling at Isla Mujeres
John and me snorkeling at Isla Mujeres

Got travel woes? Let em fly here (pun intended). I love to hear from my readers.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • gottaloveit2 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      I'm not sure how strictly the airlines are applying the new sizes. I just flew with my regular carry on and had no problems.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks goodness for Kindle or my bag would always be overweight from all the books I need when I travel.

    • Frischy profile image


      4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I don't get the opportunity to do much flying, but next time I do I will be sure to head to this page to shop for my new luggage.

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Yep, I just flew a few weeks ago and was diligent about the dimensions of my bag. Frankly I'm surprised they didn't make me check my "big" carry-on bag.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)