Anyone had any experience with this?
Anyone had any experience with this?
Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!
the wheels do count in the measurement.Thanks, but I'm concerned with checked luggage, not carry-on. I understand the wheels for carry-on since they may not fit correctly in the overhead compartments or under the seat.
The ticket agents aren't doing most of the checking on carry on bags.
The stop/gate is the person who checks your boarding pass before you get into the TSA line. At that point if your bag is judged too big, you have to give up your place in that line and go back to the line to check in your baggage with the airline.
Often these days this is a very slow line.
Thanks, but I'm concerned with checked luggage, not carry-on. I understand the wheels for carry-on since they may not fit correctly in the overhead compartments or under the seat.Most airlines are cracking down on oversize carry-ons to (and it's about time) and making people put the bag in the bin, if it doesn't fit in the bin, down in the luggage hold it goes.
Sorry, I get your question. Senior moment!I'm not positive but based on our last experience (when all of our bags were too deep) it appeared as if the measuring guide was on the agent side. He seemed to be comparing it to the inside side of the weight platform when he announced the bags were too deep. He wasn't using a ruler or tape. Unfortunately I think the airlines are trying to generate revenue any way possible. I also think they are auditing the check in agents. Two of our bags were in the 45-49 pound range and the agent put a tag with the weight on each bag to indicate that they had been weighed and were within the limit.
For checked baggage I think they will give you a bit of slack, just don't overpack.
I've never seen a check in agent with a tape measure.
On a recent trip the airline baggage handlers broke my suitcase. I'm in the hunt for a new one....again.
Thus I recommend those band things to keep your suitcase closed. If I hadn't had one on my suitcase, I think all my stuff would have been lost for good.
debmarie,No clue where that came from. It was at DFW that we had trouble. I am positive that he told us the bags were too deep but I can't remember the exact size...possibly 16 inches. Incidentally we have traveled many, many times with this exact luggage and have never been questioned. This was my first trip with Air Tran. I got home and checked their website and it doesn't reference depth at all. If I travel with them again, I will print out the baggage policy and bring along a tape measure. There were three of us so the charge would have been almost 180.00 round trip. I would certainly be protesting the charge if I had paid it.
What is the depth of the baggage? Seems like if varies on how the luggage is sitting. Does Airtran inisist that one of the 3 diminsions of the checked luggage has to be less than a certain length (or depth)?
I looked at Airtran's website and for checked baggage, the limit is based on total inches just like NWA except the total must be 61 inches or less. This takes into account the length, height, and depth as a total.
For carry-on baggage, there is maximum on total linear inches and also a statement that the items must fit under the seat or in the overhead bin.
How do you measure your luggage. And what happens if it doesnt come in that requirement size then what?Use a tape measure. If it's oversized, you may be able to check it anyway, by paying an exorbitant fee for oversized/overweight luggage. That fee of course, would be in addition to the basic checked bag fee.
How do you measure your luggage.The most accurate way is also slightly fiddly. You need a stiff board (like a piece of wood, or very stiff cardboard).
Recently I've noticed especially at DFW that the people checking in baggage are not in the mood to give a little latitude.Sometimes it's not really a question of being "in the mood". Increasingly, airlines are using technology to make sure that all of the fees are collected.