We’ve all been there: You get to airport security and you realize you brought something that was against regulation. It’s more than annoying to have to trash that soda you just purchased at the convenience store. If you plan ahead, you can get through security and on the plane with minimal hassle.
Keep in mind, for overseas flights, you are allowed at least one checked bag, a carry-on piece of luggage, and also a personal item (such as a laptop bag, purse, etc). We have used this allowance in the past to purchase cheap, large department store bags (declared as a personal item) to bring back extra shopping goods with us. See our post: How to buy luggage for $1.
Here are the most recent airport regulations, courtesy of the Transportation Security Administration.
The maximum size carry-on bag for most airlines is 45 linear inches (height +width + depth of the bag). Here are the specific airline carry-on sizes, as of Feb, 2013. When in doubt, check with the airline before you leave.
Any liquid item must be in a 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume). You should put all of your liquid items in 1 quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag. When going through security, you may place this bag in a screening bin. (One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. The 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.)
Side note: People always ask how picky airport security is about this rule, and we have to say that it just depends. Some airports are very rigorous about checking containers and have been known to throw away (someone’s) expensive hair gel because the container was slightly too big.
Checked Baggage Restrictions for Travel Overseas
|American Airlines||62 in/158 cm (checked)||50 lbs./23 kgs (checked)|
|United||62 in/158 cm (checked)||50 lbs./23 kgs (checked)|
|Delta||62 in/158 cm (checked)||50 lbs./23 kgs (checked)|
Updates and News Items
- This from the weird-but-will-be-true soon: Apparently Venice, Italy has banned wheeled suitcases, which will go into effect in early 2015. They’re threatening pretty stiff fines, so we’ll see if it sticks.
“Generally, one liter of alcohol per person may be entered into the U.S. duty-free by travelers who are 21 or older, although travelers coming from the U.S. Virgin Islands or other Caribbean countries are entitled to more. Additional quantities may be entered, although they will be subject to duty and Federal excise taxes, which will be assessed and collected at the port of entry.”