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Just a heads up that AA, as of Nov 1, is extremely strict about carry-ons fitting in their sizers. Apparently the FAA thinks they're not enforcing their own regulations (FAA doesn't care, but if an airline says there's a rule, FAA says they have to consistently enforce it) so they're having frequent audits this year. AA agents were rejecting carry-ons *before* going to the TSA area at LAX. Even if a bag passed last month, or passed on another airline earlier that day, it may not pass current AA standards: "Carry-on should not exceed the following size and weight restrictions: 45 linear inches (22 x 14 x 9 in) or 115 centimeters (56 x 36 x 23 cm) including handles and wheels."

Not that anyone here travels with the kitchen sink, but a rigid handle over a softer, squishier handle can put a bag over 22 inches. Which is kinda new, at least for me.

checker of big bags
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