United getting strict about carry-on rules

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – If you’re planning to take a quick trip to someplace warmer, you may need to pack a little lighter than you planned.

United Airlines has a new program focusing on carry-on size compliance.

The airline says they will use security checkpoints to ensure carry on bags are reliably checked for their size.

There have been restrictions on the size of carry-on bags for years, but those limits have not been strongly enforced until now.

If your oversized carry-on makes it all the way to the gate without a question, you can check it there for free. But if you get stopped before you make it through security, you will have to go back to the ticket counter, where you will be charged the checked bag fee of $25.

The airline says that it is part of an effort to ensure that there is enough space in overhead storage bins for all passengers’ carry-on bags; something that has been a problem on many flights. A company spokesperson says that it is not, as some have suggested, being used as another way to raise revenue.

Traveler Dick Whiting of Hampden told 22News that he can see why this policy is being put in place.

“You know, you’ve got some people that are putting their bags, you know eight rows in front of you and they’re having to come back, so sometimes it’s not easy to get off the plane, because they’re bags are too large that they’ve tried to carry on,” Whiting said.

It’s always a good idea to check your airline’s carry-on size restrictions before you fly. United restricts bags that are more than 9 inches by 14 inches by 22 inches.

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