Carry-on Restrictions, the very phrase can cause discomfort, anger, and frustration to even to most seasoned traveler, and has in recent years seemed to be getting worse and not better. Happening suddenly and without warning, this modern inconvenience almost always takes a drastic turn to the worse, aka The Expensive and will leave you upset and without that extra fun money for your vacation. Have no fear, were here to help. With the upcoming Travel Season almost upon us, we are going to go over the top 5 Domestic Flyers and their restrictions for 2014. Delta, United, American Airlines, Southwest, and US Airways will all be highlighted and we will go over what makes each of them unique, and what you can do to save money and prepare the correct sized bags.

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2014 Regulations Overview

Long been one of the most Carry-On Friendly and accommodating Airlines of the past, in 2014 United has made it UnitedLuggagetop priority to enforce their Carry-On Restrictions Stricter than ever. This does not mean that you will not be getting the same friendly, happy, and helpful service from the good folks at United, it simply means that when your bag is 1.5 Inches over the size limit, they will most certainly make you go check the overstuffed bag for a $25.00 fee. Still wanting to give their flyers a chance to maximize their packing space, save money, while also adapting with the modern travel landscape of today, United gives you the option of having 1 Carry-On AND 1 Small Personal Item on most flights offered. The maximum size allowed on the carry-on is 22″ x 14″ x 9″ and the Small Personal Item needs to be able to fit underneath the seat in front of you, (generally maxing out at 17″ x 10″ x 9″ as seen on the right). Let us show off some of the best Carry-On’s and Personal Bags that fit these strict standards for all different kinds of modern travelers depending on what your particular passion may be. Enjoy this entry and soak it all in, so the next time you plan a trip, you don’t need to plan on bringing a little extra spending money for those pesky surprise fees.

Best Carry-Ons For United

1) For the Traveler who is looking for a high quality option that is lighter than most, Try the Samsonite Lift2 21″ Expandable Upright

Key Features -Weighs only 6.5 Lbs (Lightest in it’s class)

                        – The large front panel pocket is great for items you need at a moments notice or last minute additions

                        – The large main compartment has interior compressions straps for securing contents during transit

                        – Top, Bottom, and Side Carry handles so you can store the bag overhead without fumbling

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2) For the Traveler who needs a reliable and safe Carry-On for their Tech Gear, Try the Travelpro Executive Lite Rolling Notebook

Key Features – Padded pockets fit most but not all 15.6″ Laptops as well as 7″ Tablets, Ipads, or Kindles

                        – Interior Deluxe organizer for keeping paper materials efficiently organized

                        – Strap along the back of the Notebook allows it to be secured against the handles of wheeled luggage

                        – Legal File compartment helps keep your work and play separate

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3) For the Traveler who enjoys hassle free, smooth rolling, easy to use Travel Bags, Try the Delsey Helium Superlite Spinner Carry On Expandable Spinner Trolley

Key Features – Dura-Tec Exterior with Vapor Barrier ensures longer lasting life of the bag versus competitors

                         – The Recessed handle is made of aircraft grade aluminum and is 1 button operational

                         – Reinforced corners, Bottom Skid bars and the Privacy ID Tag help keep the bag safe & secure

                         – Has a zippered expansion for an additional 2″ of packing space when needed

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4) For the Traveler who might stray off the beaten path and into the new and unpredictable, Try the Eagle Creek EC Adventure Upright 22″ Carry-On

Key Features – The back of the bag has a polycarbonate shell for ultra-light durability and to protect the handle

                         – #10 Self repairing zippers are high quality and dependable

                         – The wheels are protected with a sturdy housing for extended life

                         – Large Interior Door Panel pocket

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5) For the Traveler who is packing for work, play, AND leisure, Try the Travelpro Walkabout Lite 4 20″ Expandable Business Plus Rollaboard

Key Features – The PP Honeycomb Frame has EVAFoam construction and provides a lighter and tougher frame

                         – The telescoping handle stops at 38″ and 42.5″ for users of various heights

                         – The full length bottom foot keeps the bag from rolling away when unattended

                         – Contains a padded laptop sleeve that fits most but not all 17″ Laptops

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Best Smaller Personal Items for United

1) For the Traveler who wants to be sure they have enough room for a tablet and laptop so they can work while they travel, try The Verb Crossbody Tablet Case from Briggs & Riley.

Key Features – Has an innovative 2 section design with an Organizer and Tablet compartment

                         – Front organizer efficiently stores your tablet accessories, charges, and other smaller items

                         – The Tuff-Lite™ outer fabric is exceptionally strong and resistant to abrasion

                         – Hidden security pocket on the back for smartphones, wallets, passports,or other important items

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2) For the Traveler who, needs a smaller Personal Bag just for the essentials, try The Travelon Anti-Theft Travel Bag.

Key Features – RFID Blocker Card and Passport Slot

                         – Locking Compartments for maximum security

                         – Cut-Proof Straps

                         – Slash-Proof Body Panels

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3) For the Traveler who wants to get a little work done while they travel, the Samsonite Classic Tablet/iPad® Shuttle

Key Features – Fits up to 10.1″ Tablet or smaller Laptops/Tablets

                         – The Quick Stash front pocket is easily accessible for last minute additions

                         – Adjustable/Removable Shoulder Strap for alternate carrying options

                         – Wrapped Bale handles for comfortable carrying

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4) For the Traveler who values Style as well as function, Try the Piel Leather Computer Portfolio.

Key Features – The top flat has a magnetic opening and closing for easy accessibility

                         – The padded back compartment protects smaller laptops

                         – The front pocket has an internal organizer and large zip-pocket for maximum packing organization

                         – Large zip pocket located along the rear of the bag

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5) For the Traveler who knows two speeds Stop, and Go! Try the Verb Slide Tech Bag from Briggs & Riley

Key Features – SpeedThru pocket for quick storage and getting by security checkpoints quickly

                         – Padded vertical zipper pocket is padded and ideal for a smartphone

                         – The Tuff-Lite outer fabric is stronger than competitors and resistant to abrasion

                         – Padded section for smaller iPads, Tablets or Kindles

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  • Kimmer

    Was excited to see the samsonite listed and affordable with potential for upcoming United flight….then, clicked on dimensions and it DOES NOT meet the requirements as this article posts. When I clicked on your link these are the actual dimensions of the Samonsonite Weight:6.5 lbs
    Dimensions:20.75″ x 15″ x 8″
    (Has to be no more than 14 as you stated in your United regulations)
    Might want to change this so people are not ordering it and then furious when they have to check their bag and potentially miss their flight/trip due to bag issues.
    Kim from KC