United Is Cracking Down on Carry-On Bags

Photo (cc) by sirexkat

Tired of standing in a cramped plane aisle, held up by a passenger trying to cram an obnoxiously large bag into one of United Airlines’ overhead bins?

United Airlines has heard your grumblings. The Chicago-based airline says it’s now strictly enforcing its longstanding baggage rules. Until now, enforcement was sporadic, at best.

Most travelers’ reactions to this news? It’s about time.

“Good,” said a commenter on a TripAdvisor forum. “May they all follow suit as this needs the weight of unanimous enforcement. Long overdue.”

Others expressed mock outrage that the airline would enforce its already published policy. “This is an utter disgrace,” one comment reads. “I thought it was my right to board a UA flight with a kitchen sink under my arm. I didn’t think these rules would ever apply to me.”

Some passengers have reportedly suggested that this is a move by United to collect more baggage fees. But United said it’s simply an effort to streamline the boarding process and avoid unnecessary delays.

Time reports:

“The stepped-up enforcement is to address the customers who complained about having bags within the size limit and weren’t able to take them on the plane,” United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said. “That is solely what this is about.”

New bag-sizing boxes have been installed in airport lobbies and gate areas. Carry-on bags can measure 9 by 14 by 22 inches, including handles and wheels. Bigger bags will have to be checked, for a $25 fee.You can find United’s baggage policy here.

The Associated Press says United collects $638 million in checked-bag fees a year. “In a January earnings call, the airline’s chief revenue officer, Jim Compton, said United hopes to collect an extra $700 million over the next four years from extras such as baggage fees and the sale of extra legroom,” AP said.

The airline will continue to allow passengers to bring one bag and a personal item on board for free.

Are you glad that United is cracking down on people with large carry-on bags? Share your thoughts below or on our Facebook page.

How to find cheaper car insurance in minutes

Getting a better deal on car insurance doesn't have to be hard. You can have The Zebra, an insurance comparison site compare quotes in just a few minutes and find you the best rates. Consumers save an average of $368 per year, according to the site, so if you're ready to secure your new rate, get started now.

21 Items to Cut From Your Budget That You Won’t Even Miss
21 Items to Cut From Your Budget That You Won’t Even Miss

Start off the new year by implementing these small-but-smart savings strategies. They’ll soon add up.

15 Purchases That Make Life Easier As You Age
15 Purchases That Make Life Easier As You Age

There are many products that can make getting older — or any time of life — a little easier.

How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck in 8 Steps
How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck in 8 Steps

Does it feel like your paycheck is gone the moment you get it? You can break that vicious cycle.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.