on baggage must fit under the seat or in an overhead compartment.
A good rule of thumb is that the bag should measure no more
than 9" x 14" x 22" (total dimensions) and weigh no more
than 40 pounds.
word of caution
suitcases with telescoping handles are very popular today
particularly in the carry on size. You may be asked to check
these pieces, on certain flights, because there may not
be enough room on the plane for everyone to bring on this
type of baggage. Briefcases and garment bags are usually
considered carry-on pieces
baggage should generally not exceed a linear dimension (length
x width x height) of 62 inches and a weight of 70 pounds
each piece. Additional pieces of checked baggage may have
lighter weight and smaller size restrictions.
carry on baggage restrictions
Most airlines will allow oversized, overweight or additional
baggage for an extra fee, which varies depending on the
situation. Certain flights generally have the same size
and weight allowances but may cut down on the number of
pieces that can be checked.
These are general guidelines, which most airline carriers
abide by. Liability for loss, delay, damage to baggage is
limited to $1250 per passenger on domestic US flights. On
international flights liability is limited to $9.07 per
pound ($20 per kilo) or a maximum liability of $634.90 per
piece of checked luggage.
Liability for unchecked baggage is limited to $400.
These limits may be higher if a charge has been paid which
specifically values items exceeding these limits. (Certain
items may not be allowed this excess valuation)
Please be aware that almost every airline specifically states
that they cannot be responsible for any valuable items (e.g.
computers, electronic equipment, camera equipment, jewelry,
cash, etc..) in checked or carry-on baggage.
When traveling via an Airline it is possible your luggage
may be damaged in some way. In the past, generally speaking,
airlines have paid for repairs to most types of damage to
luggage. Today things are changing and airlines are becoming
stricter in enforcing the policies regarding the types of
damage they are responsible for.
Things airlines will not cover include: normal wear and
tear/minor cuts, scratches, dents, or soiling/loss or damage
to parts protruding from the case (e.g. wheels, feet, pull-handles,
flaps, pull-straps)/damage resulting from oversized or over-packed
Airline personnel are not always uniform in enforcing their
baggage damage policies. It is best to check over your baggage
upon pickup and make a claim with the airline immediately
with regard to any damage you may notice.
Most airlines will not accept damage claims unless they
are made within a reasonable time frame (usually within
48 hrs) Airlines have greatly improved upon the ways in
which they handle passenger luggage in recent years. The
majority of damage occurs with poorly constructed bags,
which literally break, tear, and fall apart through normal
usage and handling. For many years airlines have been responsible
for much of this damage, but recent changes have allowed
the airlines, legally, not to accept responsibility for
much of this damage.