Carry-on bags

Carry on bags at the gate

Know what you can carry on

There are some items that can only travel in your carry-on bag (and some items that must be checked). Make sure you know where to pack these restricted items – and if you can carry them on.

1 personal item and 1 carry-on

Personal items

Your personal item like a purse or small handbag must fit under the seat in front of you. Dimensions should not exceed 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm).

These don’t count as your personal item or carry-on:

  • Diaper bags (1 per child)
  • Breast pump
  • Small, soft-sided cooler of breast milk
  • Child safety seats, strollers and medical or mobility devices
Carry-on bag allowance is 22 inches high by 14 inches long by 9 inches wide

Carry-on items

You can bring only one carry-on item along with your personal item. Your carry-on must fit in in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you. If it doesn’t fit, it will need to be checked. Be sure all your carry-on items are labeled in case they are checked.

Some airports and planes may have additional carry-on restrictions.

Carry-on bag

The total size of your carry-on, including the handles and wheels, cannot exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches
(56 x 36 x 23 cm) and must fit in the sizer at the airport.

Soft-sided garment bag

Your soft-sided garment bag cannot exceed 51 inches / 130 cm (length + width + height).

Musical instruments

Your musical instrument must fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.

Traveling with musical instruments

Valet bags

Regional flights on American Eagle® planes have limited overhead bin space. If your carry-on is larger than the personal item dimensions, you must valet your bag before boarding.* We’ll tag and check your bag at the gate for you free of charge. When you arrive, you’ll receive your bag on the jetbridge after exiting the plane.

Remove any batteries, electronic cigarettes and other restricted items from checked bags.

Restricted items

*Embraer ERJ-175 planes allow carry-on bags and don’t offer valet service.

Carry-on pets

For carry-on pets, review our policy for guidelines, limitations, and restrictions.

Traveling with carry-on pets


TSA allows certain duty-free liquids through security in your carry-on bag if they’re packaged in a security tamper-evident bag. If you’re traveling with liquids or are unsure about any item, please contact the TSA.

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