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Delta carry on size limit

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Delta carry on size limit

Hi all,

I'm flying with Delta from Heathrow to Boston and am looking to buy a 4 wheel case. The description dimensions are 20" x 14" x 10" (51cm x 36cm x 26cm).

Delta state the following:

Baggage may not exceed 45 linear inches (or 114 cm) in combined length, width and height, including any handles and wheels

Baggage must fit easily in the Carry-on Baggage Check (approximately 22" x 14" x 9" or 56 x 35 x 23 cm), which is located near the check-in counters.

Should I be worried about the odd few extra centimetres?


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1. Re: Delta carry on size limit

By my math your bag is actually under the maximum size. I would not worry about it.

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2. Re: Delta carry on size limit

Those are two criteria: 1) Not over 45 linear inches (you're under); 2) Must fit within the carry-on baggage check (you're over one inch on one measurement). The second is to fit easily within the overhead bins. It's not just a matter of total linear inches. IF the bag you're considering has the measurements you state includes the wheels, you may well not have any problem (but I haven't seen the carry-on baggage check and don't know how often it's actually used). If the wheels are over and above this (so to speak), you may well be out of luck.

Important questions: why this particular bag and is there an alternative you could buy and remove any doubt?

Edited: 05 May 2013, 16:23
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3. Re: Delta carry on size limit

If the size of the bag you want to buy includes the handles and the wheels then you won't have a problem, they only check the bag if there's a big size difference.

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4. Re: Delta carry on size limit

no problem with your carry on, just watch how many oversized bags get carried on, you'll wonder how they get away with it but Delta is a little lenient, I fly with them on a regular basis.

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Delta Gate agents are clueless!!!!

You shall be fine.

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6. Re: Delta carry on size limit

They will let you on the plane with your luggage BUT you must be able to easily fit it into the overhead compartment! IF you stuff the bag full and other folks do the same then it is possible that it won't fit into the compartment and you'll have to check it. Try not to overstuff it and try not to be the last person getting onto the plane!!

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7. Re: Delta carry on size limit

OP has been back from her trip for a month or so...someone decided to bump up some old posts for no real reason...

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