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Spongemac 1,036 802 October 14, 2015 at 09:08 PM in Bags & Luggage (5)
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flying United and just realized my college backpack might be slightly too big according to United personal item size (17 x 10 x 9).

my backpack is softsided and very squishable, it'll just be holding my electronics, chargers, etc. Certainly won't be filled to the rim. Roughly, it measures 18 x 15 x 9. Would that be considered as a 2nd carry-on? (i dun wanna) Confused

main carry-on is fine, it measure 20 x 13.5 x 8

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Especially if you are flying during a high volume period (e.g. Thanksgiving, holidays), I doubt you will get much pushback from a major carrier like United. As long as you wear it as a backpack when getting on the plane and it clearly fits in overhead, you should be OK.

It's the super-budget airlines like Spirit and Frontier that are much stricter as baggage is one of their revenue streams
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Honestly, I'd say that United has been a huge PITA regarding baggage sizing in the past 3 or 4 months. Much worse than any other airline I've seen. I strategically purchased luggage that complies with current size requirements, but I as a LOT of people needing to gate check because they're forced to put their luggage in the sizer while they're in line.

That being said, as long as you don't stuff your backpack until it's bursting at the seams, I think you'll be fine. It seems their bigger concern is overhead luggage.
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My backpack never fits under the seat of United so I have so squish it but you should be alright.
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okie, thx guise nod
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Flew United yesterday with 2 carry-ons. My little one is 13 X 15 X 9 and not very flexible and the other is 22 X 14 X 9. The smaller one fits under the seat. If yours is squishable, it should be fine unless it is packed full.

We flew a Canadair Regional Jet 700 which is a fairly small plane -- 70 seats -- and did have to check in the larger bag planeside on our trip down. Coming back, the flight was about half full and we were allowed both bags as long as there was room in the overheads for the larger bag -- which there was.
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Quote from Spongemac View Post :
flying United and just realized my college backpack might be slightly too big according to United personal item size (17 x 10 x 9).

my backpack is softsided and very squishable, it'll just be holding my electronics, chargers, etc. Certainly won't be filled to the rim. Roughly, it measures 18 x 15 x 9. Would that be considered as a 2nd carry-on? (i dun wanna) Confused

main carry-on is fine, it measure 20 x 13.5 x 8
As others have said you'll probably be fine. Worst case you can gate check it for free (last I checked).
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sizing on personal item sounded strict, but not enforced (yay). However, on smaller connecting flights, it'll be hard to fit in overhead storage, or difficult to fit under the seat in front of u. U do can gate check it free, but have to wait for it at baggage pickup at ur destination. So, their sizing guide is really for our conveniences.



10 hrs before my flights, one of my flight delayed for 2+ hrs... that reduced my layover to less than 20 mins. I called United 4 in the morning, and they were able to get me on different flights out (with 1 hr 20 mins layover). Got home earlier too, kudos to United!
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Most times, if you gate check, you should only wait planeside a few minutes. You do not have to go to baggage claim.
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Quote from thumper1 View Post :
Most times, if you gate check, you should only wait planeside a few minutes. You do not have to go to baggage claim.
i just followed other passengers onto jet bridge and to baggage claim. Be on the lookout for secret passageways next time, thx! nod
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I don’t think they’re not quite strict on that.
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Quote from CrifJohnson View Post :
Hi Spongemac,
According to your requirement for backpack. I would suggest Ricardo mar-vista 17-4w-wab.
It has,
A padded laptop sleeve and a Velcro(R) strap protect your device as you travel.
A spacious main compartment with tie-down straps and elastic pouches provides ample packing space.
A retractable handle system features an ergonomically designed handle with textured TPR grip for added comfort.
Packing Dimensions: 17" H x 13" W x 7.5" D
I bought this luggage last week. I am feeling awesome.

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size is nice, i read new guideline will further shrink down the size of current carry-on
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