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*
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).
Diaper bags (1 per child), soft-sided cooler bags with breast milk, child safety seats, strollers and medical or mobility devices don’t count as your personal item or carry-on.
- Shouldn’t exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches / 56 x 36 x 23 centimeters (including handles and wheels)
- Must fit in the sizer at the airport
If your items don’t fit in the overhead bin or under the seat, they may need to be checked. There may be additional carry-on bag restrictions at certain airports or on certain airplanes.
We recommend labeling your carry-on the same way you do checked bags in case this happens.
Soft-sided garment bags up to 51 inches / 130 cm (length + width + height) can also be taken as your carry-on item.
Musical instruments are also considered a carry-on item and must fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.
In addition, when traveling with a pet, the kennel or container counts as your carry-on and the carry-on pet fee also applies.
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.
You’re allowed to bring 1 quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. TSA also 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.
*Carry-on requirements apply to all customers including ConciergeKey℠ and AAdvantage® elites.
**Embraer ERJ-175 planes allow carry-on bags and don’t offer valet service.