Earlier this year, we reported that United Airlines had changed its baggage policy so that carry-on bags could not exceed maximum dimensions of 9” x 14” x 22”, and personal items could not exceed 9” x 10” x 17”. If a bag was too large in any dimension, its owner ran the risk of being required to check the bag through.
Very recently, George Hobica, the founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, discovered that American Airlines had also adopted this policy, which reduced the maximum carry-on width from 15” to 14”. Hobica’s bag was 15” wide and he was sent back to the ticket counter to check it in. Delta passengers’ bags must also conform to the slimmer 14” width.
What does this reduced width mean for those of you with TOM BIHN bags? Carry on as usual. As we mentioned back in March, most TOM BIHN bags already fit within the new standards—even your Aeronaut is still safe.