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15 inches is 1 inch too wide for carry-on guidelines!
on February 6, 2016
It was only after I bought this that I found a site It says that if you want only one carry-on bag that meets most airline luggage size requirements for both US and international travel, you should get something that's 21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8. (I have no idea how they came up with that measurement -- I feel like 22" x 14" x 9" makes more sense.)
I wanted something that approximates Air France rules and still lets me use airlines in the US: 21.5 x 13.5 x 8 inches.
22 x 15 x 7.5 inches
Note on this measurement:
--I measured the exterior of the bag.
--22 inches include the wheels.I could be wrong but as I understand it, those count in airline size regulations. Without the wheels, it is 20 inches.
--15 inches is about 1 inch too wide for most airline guidelines. That said, I took this bag from US to Canada without any issues.
--7.5 inches is definitely allowed on most (all?) airlines. This could go up to 9 inches and still be allowed on most airlines.
IATA “Cabin Ok” Optimum Size (unofficial but very common):
22 x 14 x 9 inches (56 x 36 x 23 cm)
Delta, United, American:
22 x 14 x 9 inches
21.5 x 13.5 x 9.8 inches
Carry On Guy Website Recommendation:
21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8 inches (55 x 40 x 20 cm)
Old IATA Standards (too big for most airlines now):
22 x 18 x 10 inches (56 x 45 x 25 cm) including all handles, side pockets, wheels etc.