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American Airlines Carry On Baggage Policy 2020-2021

Planned for a vacation or a business trip and wondering about the American Airlines(AA) carry on baggage policy 2020-2021, baggage dimensions, allowed and restricted items with American Airlines? We are here to help you with carry-on baggage size and personal item size and laptop bag details.

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What is American Airlines (AA) carry-on baggage allowance:

American Airlines has below guidelines when it comes to domestic and international Carry On Baggage Policy 2020-2021. Scroll down to grab on the information.

According to AA, one carry-on luggage plus one personal item like a purse or briefcase or laptop bag is allowed, generally with no weight restrictions.

Coats, diaper bags when traveling with an infant, canes, crutches, Portable Oxygen Concentrators, respiratory devices or any other assistive devices, and foot rugs for use during prayer are all free to carry on in addition to your one personal item.

What is American Airlines(AA) carry-on baggage size dimensions and weight limits:

The first thing to remember is, the carry-on luggage has its own limits in size.

  1. The size of hand luggage should be 22 x 14 x 9 inches or 56 x 36 x 23 centimeters (including handles and wheels).
  2. And the size of the personal item should be 18 x 14 x 8 inches, which should fit the bin over the seat or the storage space under the seat.
  3. Soft-sided garment bags up to 51 inches / 130 cm (length + width + height) can also be taken as your carry-on item.
  4. American Airlines carry-on baggage has no weight limit, however, it must fit in the overhead bin or under the seat.

American Airlines carry on baggage dimensions

Allowable items in the American Airlines(AA) cabin baggage:

Firstly, general rules to consider while carrying on board are liquid items such as creams in personal care and toiletries, breast milk and duty free alcoholic beverages with sealed packs, food items- especially on travels with children and medications consumed, also expensive items like Jewels, Currencies and electronic gadgets like mobile phone, laptop, and portable chargers can accompany you to the cabin.

Second, the items do not count towards your carry-on allowance, but can be taken on board(subject to security restrictions)  are as follows:

  • Ladies handbag
  • Coat
  • Blanket
  • Small briefcase
  • Walking stick or crutches
  • Duty-free items
  • Infant basket
  • Diaper bag
  • breast milk for the child in soft-sided cooler bags
  • Camera or binoculars

Whereas, non-allowable items into cabin-like baby car seats and strollers in hand luggage, are advised to check them at the gate.

What are the restricted items in the American Airlines(AA) baggage:

Here are further restrictions and rules applicable to American Airlines, besides the guidelines of TSA.

Few restricted items in a hold in luggage are,

  1. Sharp objects
  2. Unsealed alcohol packs
  3. Firearms
  4. Explosives
  5. Drugs
  6. Gun powder
  7. Powders over 12 oz. / 350 ml

For a complete list of prohibited items in the luggage visit American Airlines restricted Items

What is the American Airlines(AA) excess baggage fee:

Passengers who carry extra luggage on board except for the two standard bags that allowed by the airlines. The excess will be charged for the extra bags. To add with, passengers will have to check in their hand luggage, when it doesn’t fit the space in the overhead bin or under the seat. And also in advance verify the carry on restrictions subject to particular airports or airlines. The fees for checking overweight baggage are $100 for bags weighing 51-70lbs and $200 for bags weighing 71-100lbs.

Carrying Special Items and Sports equipment on American Airlines (AA):

American Airlines allows per ticketed person to carry musical instruments weighing up to 75kg  in hand luggage. Along with this allowance, the passenger can also book an extra ticket at the cost of an adult for their musical instrument, if it doesn’t fit the specified place. To notify, one can also have a pet in carriers. The passenger has to ensure the pet can stand, turn around and lie down in its natural comfortable position. At present, the charges applicable per pet carrier is US $125.

Aside from these, American Airlines’ hand luggage policies allow the passenger to carry sports equipment with them, with applicable appropriate charges as per the mentioned weight and size allowance.

American Airlines Liquid policy in carry on baggage:

If you’re traveling with liquids or are unsure about any item, please contact the TSA Liquids rules

To put it differently, you can carry liquids in your hand luggage with certain regulations on quantity and package. For instance, liquids can be within the only 100ml in your hand luggage where the excess can be taken in checked baggage. At the same time, alcoholic beverages have an allowance of up to 5 liters per ticketed person.

AA has its carry on baggage limitations during seasonal times. To put in another way different baggage rules and restrictions for different destinations. Also, fees collected for these bags during seasonal periods differ from regular fares too.

For further more recent updates and details on extra baggage fees and American Airlines carry on policies, limits, weight please visit the American Airlines Website.

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  • Sandra Olsen

    We have a carryon case that is 15x15x9 inches ,will this be okay ?

    • Admin

      As per the latest American Airlines carry on dimensions shouldn’t exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches / 56 x 36 x 23 centimeters (including handles and wheels).
      So it should be okay the above Carry on case size on American Airlines since total dimensions is not exceeding total 45 inches or 114 centimeters.

  • Dovie Rivena

    Hi, the American Airlines Carry On Baggage Policy 2020-2021 article it is well written and is very useful.

    • Admin

      Thank you 🙂


    What is the weight in carry-on allowed in American Airlines?

    • Admin

      There is no weight limit for American Airlines carry-on baggage, however it must fit in the overhead bin or under the seat.


    Can I carry on a bag 19.75 x 11.8 x 11.8?

    • Admin

      American Airlines Carry-on bag size shouldn’t exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches / 56 x 36 x 23 centimeters (including handles and wheels).

      You can take the above cabin baggage.

  • Tina Smith

    I purchased luggage that statedoverall dimensions were 22x 14 x 9. However it is actually 24x 15x 9. Will I be able to carryon or should I purchase another set

    • Admin

      Hi Tina,

      Carry-on baggage dimensions on American Airlines shouldn’t exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches / 56 x 36 x 23 centimeters (including handles and wheels).

      As your bag just exceeds by 1 cm I think they should allow you to take the bag.

      For the latest American Airlines cabin baggage requirements visit

      Thank you

  • Ruby

    Hi American Airlines! Can I bring jewelrys, 3 mobile phones, 1 laptop, and 1 iPad in my personal bag?

  • Ruby

    Hi American Airlines! Can I bring jewelry’s , 3 mobile phones, 1 laptop, and 1 iPad in my personal bag?

  • Valerie

    I will be traveling w/ 2 children. We have a long layover. Can I bring food w/ me to eat while we wait at the airport (pb sandwich’s, chips,etc.)

    • Admin

      American Airlines cabin baggage policy allows passengers to carry their own food or baby food like b sandwich’s, chips, biscuits, coockies etc.

  • Micaela

    Hola! Puedo llevar una mochila y la carry on?

    • Admin

      American Airlines carry on baggage allowance 2021 allows passengers to take a cabin bag and a backpack.

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