Diversity Woman Magazine

FALL 2016

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m Fa l l 2 0 1 6 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 49 Apr il Kilcrease N ow that airlines are charging for checked bags and flights are often fully booked, the battle for bin space has reached Game of rones intensity. "Airlines have had to get stricter about carry-ons, especially since they started levying fees on checked bags," says Paula Froelich, travel expert for HSN and the founder of A Broad Abroad, a travel and lifestyle company. "Now everyone carries on and they try to get away with huge bags, three bags, you name it." In addition to avoiding fees, many trav- elers simply don't want to spend 45 min- utes staring at the baggage carousel after Case Studies their flight or risk losing their checked bags in transit. "With the current state of travel—whether it's weather turbu- lence, plane malfunctions, or cancella- tions—having your luggage with you gives you the option to piv- ot when things go awry," says Froelich. "You can run to a different gate, land in another air- port close by, or even give up flying al- together and rent a car. If your bags are checked, then you have to sit it out and wait and wait and wait." row in the differing maximum carry- on rules and the dizzying array of bags to choose from, and how does any busi- ness flyer keep calm and carry on? We've gathered advice from expert travelers and sorted through the rules to help you dis- embark with your bag safely in tow. 1 Travel at the right dimensions No industry standard exists for size restrictions, and you obvious- ly don't want to buy a different bag for each airline, so check your airline's rules before each flight. Your best bet is to stick to these measurements: 22 inches high, 14 inches wide (side to side), and 9 inches deep (front to back). ese are the maxi- mum dimensions for car- ry-on luggage for the big three airlines: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines. Some air carriers are more generous with bag sizes. Southwest allows bags as large as 24 inches high by 16 inches wide by 10 inches deep, and Alaska's limit is 24 inches high by 17 inches wide by 10 inches deep. Meeting these requirements can be confounding when shopping for a new Eight tips to help you avoid the luggage carousel DW Life > Power Trip THINKSTOCKPHOTOS

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