Flying? Check Your Carry-On Size First! July 19 2015
Whether you are flying internationally or domestically, there are no such things as universal carry-on regulations for leather bags when it comes to airlines. Since many travelers love to show off their new designer leather bags when flying, the best thing to do before you even pack your bag is to check with the airline regarding their carry-on regulations.
If you are currently buying a handmade leather bag or carry-on bag, or already own a quality leather bag that you like to use, but you have not booked your flight or planned your trip, don’t sweat. We did some research and found some recommendations and best practices that are accepted by the majority of airlines.
For those of you traveling within the USA, the IATA, International Air Transport Association, publishes the following information on the recommended practices agreed on by the Airlines for taking aboard a leather bags or luggage:
"Carry-on baggage must be stowed in the aircraft cabin which limits baggage to a size, weight and shape to fit under a passenger seat or in a storage compartment. Cabin baggage should have maximum length of 22" (56 cm), width of 18" (45 cm) and depth of 10" (25 cm). These dimensions include wheels, handles, side pockets, etc. Baggage allowed onboard may vary from one to two pieces per passenger. Check with your airline as to what is allowed."
International Travel from the USA
For international travel, the most-recommended size for carry-on leather bags or luggage is 20”. The total measurements for a 20” leather bag should add up to less than 45 linear inches or 115 cm (length + width + depth), which fits the regulations for most airline companies. There may be different carry-on leather bag recommendations for commuter aircraft and regional jets, but following this advice will put you in-line with most major airlines like United Airlines and British Airways.
International Travel to the USA
There were new security protocols introduced in 2010 that are, for the most part, no longer in affect regarding carry-on luggage and leather bags. To avoid confusion, we referenced the current British Airways carry-on-policy for this article, as it is pretty typical for most major airlines internationally traveling to the USA.
"Following the recent introduction of revised security requirements for all customers travelling into the USA, British Airways is clarifying its hand baggage policy for customers travelling INTO the USA, including those who are transferring onto flights to the USA.
Customers travelling in our World Traveller and World Traveller Plus economy cabins to the USA from Heathrow and Gatwick will continue to take only ONE item of hand luggage.
Customers travelling in our Club World and First cabin to the USA from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City are now able to take the normal two bag hand luggage allowance.
All customers are advised to check-in as normal. Customers travelling to destinations outside the United States or from the United States are not affected."
So, now that you know the general guidelines that most major airlines follow in regards to taking aboard leather travel bags or carry-on luggage, you should have no problem shopping for a new handmade leather bag, or making sure your favorite carry-on bag is suitable to use on your next trip.
If you do happen to be shopping for a new handmade leather travel bag don’t hesitate to check out our very own handmade leather bags on the Avallone Luxury website.