City-Data Forum Question about measurements of personal item (airlines, carry-on, baggage, calculate)
 User Name Remember Me Password [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.

12-08-2011, 06:20 PM
 12,120 posts, read 30,316,633 times Reputation: 3823

Airtran says that as of 3/1 the measurements of a personal item(that goes under your seat during take off and landing) cannot exceed certain measurements(see link below). they total up to 38.5 inches

the new bag i have totals to the same but it's hard to know what is considered length and height

does it matter what is length or height as long as the item totals no more than 38.5 inches?

AirTran Airways - Carry-On and Checked Baggage Policies

12-08-2011, 08:14 PM
 Location: Victoria TX 42,661 posts, read 78,634,155 times Reputation: 36335
I believe it is calculated this way:

Your item is three-dimensional. Set it on a table any way you like, and measure its length, its width, and its height, at the greatest extremity of each. Of those three numbers, ignore the middle one and add the largest and smallest. That will have to be within 38.5 inches.

Lets say the three dimensions are 26, 17 and 11. 26+11=37, so it is acceptable.

Click and Clack once had this puzzla: A boy gets on a bus with a 5-1/2 foot long fishing rod, and the driver says passengers cannot carry anything more than 4 feet long. What can he do?
Spoiler
So the boy gets off and finds a flat 4'x4' box, and puts the rod in it diagonally, where it will fit.

12-08-2011, 09:43 PM
 Location: American Expat 2,189 posts, read 4,976,973 times Reputation: 1891
Quote:
 Originally Posted by rlrl Airtran says that as of 3/1 the measurements of a personal item(that goes under your seat during take off and landing) cannot exceed certain measurements(see link below). they total up to 38.5 inches the new bag i have totals to the same but it's hard to know what is considered length and height does it matter what is length or height as long as the item totals no more than 38.5 inches? AirTran Airways - Carry-On and Checked Baggage Policies
Just go to whatever store and look for the biggest bag. Then look for a tag that says "approved for carry-on on most airlines" or whatever it says. That's how I did it. They never check the actual measurements unless you show up with one you would fit in yourself standing up straight. You can also put it in the overhead bin ( as noted on their website). I do not think mine would fit under the seat, nor would most people their carry-ons, from what I've seen.

12-08-2011, 09:51 PM
 12,120 posts, read 30,316,633 times Reputation: 3823
i always use a school backpack but this time i want something a little bigger

12-08-2011, 09:54 PM
 12,120 posts, read 30,316,633 times Reputation: 3823
i measured the 2 extremes comes out to 31 inches

12-11-2011, 03:23 PM
 Location: The South 767 posts, read 2,097,005 times Reputation: 701
From American Air site and it is typical for most airlines. Seems clear, the measurement is the sum of the three dimensions.

You can carry on one small bag plus one personal item per passenger as long as the carry-on bag fits comfortably in the sizer without being forced and does not exceed overall dimensions of 45 inches (length + width + height).

The maximum dimensions cannot exceed any of the following measurements: 22" long x 14" wide x 9" tall or 114cm (56 x 35 x 23 cm). All carry-on items should be stowed in an overhead bin.

Personal item - includes: purse, briefcase, laptop bag OR a similar item such as a tote that does not exceed 36 inches( length+width+height) and must fit under the seat in front of you.

12-11-2011, 10:43 PM
 Location: The Ranch 23,432 posts, read 26,767,093 times Reputation: 9740
When in doubt, gate check it. It'll be waiting for you when you get to the door.
 Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over \$68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned. Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.