Category: energy

Airplane Luggage

Things are crazy in the airline industry with the high and rising cost of fuel. One way is to recoup costs through luggage surcharges and strict enforcement. Derrie-Airlines (below) was a pioneer (though fake) concept. Northwest Airlines now has the following policies, and I imagine other airlines are following suit.

Carry-on Luggage

(reference page)

  • Carry-on bag – 9″ x 14″ x 22″ – my Forecast rolling soft-side bag is exactly these dimensions
  • Purse (personal item) – 15″ x 11 ” 6″ – Tumi T3 backpack fits this to a T (and holds my 15.4″ 5lb Dell 1505)
  • The following (among other things) do not count against the carry-on limits: overcoat or wrap, camera and/or pair of binoculars, umbrella, reasonable amount of reading material for the flight. Hmmm, reasonable?

Suitable Luggage

Check-in Luggage

(reference page)

  • As of right now, only 1 check-in luggage item is allowed, by the end of the summer there will be a $15 fee for even that one luggage item.
  • Maximum of 50 pounds and 62 linear inches (all three dimensions added together) – thankfully my trusty 14 year old hard case Carlton is 26″ x 22″ x 10″ = 58 linear.
  • Note that if you have a club membership then two items of luggage are ok, and if in first class, three items (and higher weight limit per item), otherwise it is $100 per item each way, wtf?!


Derrie-Airlines, originally uploaded by jeffmcneill.