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If you’re planning a trip to the beautiful islands of Hawaii, there’s a good chance you’ll have a combination of checked bags and carry-on items to deal with on your flight.
If you are going to be flying United, you’ll need to be up to speed with United Airlines’ checked baggage and carry-on policies. Each airline’s rules are different, so don’t assume that what works for one will work for all airlines.
This article will cover the United Airlines Carry-On size and weight limits, as well as what you can bring on in terms of food, liquids, etc.
Rules for Carry-On Baggage
United Airlines allows each passenger one personal item and one carry-on bag at no charge.
United Airlines’ size requirements for a carry-on are 22″ x 14″ x 9″.
If you aren’t sure what size your carry-on is, United Airlines has “size check templates” located at their ticketing counters and (occasionally) at the departure gates.
Personal Item Dimensions
United Airlines requires your personal item to be no larger than 17 x 10 x 9 inches and the item must fit under the seat in front of you.
Other items you can carry on with you
In addition to your one carry-on bag and personal item, you can bring the following items on board when flying United Airlines:
- A jacket
- An umbrella
- Reading material
- Food or merchandise that you buy in the airport
- Assistive devices (such as a collapsible wheelchair, cane, crutches, medical device for prescription medications, or portable oxygen concentrator)
- FAA-approved child restraint system or safety seat
- A diaper bag
- A breast pump
- A camera
- A pet carrier (service charges apply for in-cabin pets).
Carry-On Weight Limit
United Airlines does not have a weight limit for your carry-on items.
Carry-On Guidelines for Basic Economy
Carry-on bags are not included with a basic economy fare when flying to Hawaii. You can prepay to check a bag or check a carry-on at your gate for the regular bag fee plus an additional $25..
Carry-On Liquid Allowance
The rules for carry-on liquids are set by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration), not by the airline. United Airlines doesn’t have its own specific Liquid Policy, they just enforce the rules and policies of the TSA.
Liquids in a carry-on bag must be 3.4 ounces or smaller and fit in a 1 quart-sized container. Anything larger must be placed in your checked luggage.
The TSA 3-1-1: (Rules for Carry-on Liquids)
Each passenger may carry liquids, gels, and aerosols in travel-size containers that are 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters. Each passenger is limited to one quart-size bag of liquids, gels, and aerosols. Common travel items that must comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule include toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, perfume, mouthwash, deodorant, and lotion.
Carry-On Food Restrictions
United Airlines follows the rules stated by the TSA regarding what type of food you can and cannot bring on the plane.
These rules apply to food you are bringing from home and taking with you through security. After you are through security, you can bring just about any food on the plane that you buy at the airport.
Prohibited and Restricted Items
There are certain items that are considered dangerous and classified as hazardous goods. These items are prohibited from your carry-on and checked bag on all flights.
Hazardous materials include, but are not limited to Explosives, Gases, Flammable Liquids and Solids, Oxidizers, Toxic and Infectious Materials, Radioactive Materials, Corrosives, and many other items that can endanger the traveling public when not handled correctly.
The rules for restricted items are not specific to United Airlines. The Federal Aviation Administration mandates them.
Here’s a video from the FAA to help illustrate this:
The Transportation Security Administration also has rules on “prohibited items” that pose a security threat. Though they sometimes overlap, the TSA security rules are separate from the FAA dangerous goods safety rules; go to the TSA Prohibited Items web page.
Please note, this is just a listing of common dangerous goods; if you don’t see your item here it doesn’t mean it’s allowed in baggage. When in doubt, leave it out!
United Airlines Carry-On Policy
Here is a link to United Airlines Carry-On page to make sure you have the most up-to-date information regarding what you can and cannot bring on the plane.