If you’ve followed my blog for a while you’ll know that the size of carry on baggage for flights is an ongoing issue for me. I am someone who likes to stay within the rules and become frustrated when I see others flout them. It is even worse when I suffer because of this since rules aren’t enforced correctly. Recently I wrote about this and how I knew my hand carry luggage size was correct for an airline but still I couldn’t take it on board.
How to know if your hand carry luggage size is correct
So, you may be asking, how do you know if your carry on luggage dimensions comply with the airline rules?
Traditionally you used to receive a paper plane ticket from your travel agent and this could include information on luggage allowed on board as well as checked luggage.
Then we moved to an online era. Now you can just go to an airline’s website, browse through a few pages (some websites are designed better than others). Eventually, usually in the travel information section, you will come across the dimensions for carry on baggage that you are allowed.
Admittedly this can be a pain to search for. Also discount price carriers often offer airline baggage size limits which are less than the main carriers. As a result the correct hand luggage size for one flight can be significantly different to another.
I was then informed last week about a tool to quickly find the dimensions of carry on baggage by airline in one quick, easy to find place. It turns out that the travel gurus at Expedia have come up with a hand luggage size and weight guide. (Just click the link to see it.)
This was actually perfect for me since my next flight is with an airline I’ve never flown before. I’m please to say my hand carry size is still appropriate for this airline.
This guide is even more useful since it gives details on the maximum weight of your hand luggage cases too as well as weight restriction for hold luggage. There are also direct links to each airline’s website baggage policies. This saves all that time scouring the websites for this information which might be hidden away.
As an update for those who have followed my complaints about being denied boarding access with hand luggage, I recently received a telephone call from KLM. They were very sympathetic to my concerns. I was advised that they would soon be changing the aircraft on these KLM Cityhopper routes that I frequently use. The new aircraft would be better designed to cope with their airline carry on baggage size limits as stated in their policies. In addition my comments were noted and I was assured that they would be passed up the chain since it was valid customer feedback.
Yet more reason to why I like using KLM. I feel as though I have been listened to and my concerns have been taken seriously.
For now I will carry on. My hand carry luggage size is in line with the various airlines I fly and also helps me keep my valuables with me all the time.