Yellow Dog Travel Tips: What’s the Skinny on United’s Baggage Restrictions?
Earlier this week, we divulged sage Yellow Dog advice on packing a fishing-savvy carry-on. However, United Airlines recently adjusted their luggage policies for carry-ons and checked pieces. Mary Pat Harris, Yellow Dog’s Travel Specialist, extensively researched United’s policy to clarify restrictions. Here are the specifics on checked and carry-on pieces:
United Checked Baggage
United accepts one item of fishing equipment per customer as checked baggage. An item of fishing equipment consists of the following:
- Two rods
- One reel
- One landing net
- One pair of fishing boots
- One tackle box
All items must be properly encased in a suitable container not to exceed a total of 115 linear inches (L + W + H) and 50 pounds (23 kilograms).
Fishing equipment greater than 80 inches in length will not be accepted as checked baggage on any itinerary involving a United Express flight.
If applicable, the first or second checked baggage service charge applies to fishing equipment. Fishing equipment carried in addition to the baggage allowance will be assessed at the current excess baggage charge for a single piece, whether or not it is presented as a single piece.
United is not liable for damage to fishing equipment. Excess valuation may not be purchased for fishing equipment.
United Carry-On Baggage
The big message on United carry-ons is this: the airline is going to be strict on size regulations from this point forward. Sorry…no sweet talking gate agents into letting you take that bigger 2-piece rod case.
Each traveler can bring on board one carry-on bag plus one personal item free of charge.
Maximum dimensions for a carry-on bag are 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm), including handles and wheels maximum dimensions for your personal item, such as a shoulder bag, backpack, laptop bag or other small item, are 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm).
A United agent with 25 years of experience told us directly that fly rods should never be allowed as carry-ons due to their potential use as weapons.
End story: if a rod case or other gear bag does not meet carry-on size restrictions, it won’t fly. No pun intended.