10 Carry-On Bags Guaranteed to Fit in an Aircraft Overhead Bin

Carry On

Because many travelers are afraid that the airlines will lose their bag, they are loath to check them anymore unless absolutely necessary. They are also always looking for the next great bag, which was covered in the post "Seven Great Pieces of Luggage I Found on Pinterest."

But there's always the question of whether your carry-on suitcase will fit in airline overhead bins. So the folks at Portmantos, a seller of higher-end luggage, came up with the handy guide below of what bags fit where, covering airlines including JetBlue, Etihad, Delta Air Lines, British Airways and Southwest Airlines. 

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    This Samsonite Black Label Firelite 20-inch Carry On Spinner in bright red at 22 inches by 14 inches by nine inches fits nicely in the overhead bins aboard the New York-based carrier's fleet of Embraer E190 sand Airbus A320 and A321 jets. 

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    The Abu Dhabi-based airline allows bags sized up to 19.6 inches by 15.7 inches by 8.2 inches.  And the bag recommended by Portmantos is the Mark Giusti Winter Celebration Weekend Bag. The bag is made of leather, wool and cotton and includes a shoe bag and a removable shoulder strap. 

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    United Airlines

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    The Ebby Rane Homme Quartermaster Runway Black comfortably fits in the overhead bins of the Chicago-based carrier's mainline jet fleet. it's the perfect bag for those who thrive on organization, since it has 10 carry-alls for everything you pack, including two shoe sleeves, cases to carry jewelry, technology, liquids and vanity items, a clutch, an underwear bag, a laundry bag and a beach/bath bag.  


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    Air France

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    The Porsche Design Roadster 2.2 510 Trolly is made of nylon. It has a spacious main compartment, along with several smaller pockets that make it perfect for a short trip. There are also two exterior zippered pockets, a telescoping handle and top and side carry handles that make it easy to put in the overhead bin.

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    Delta Air Lines

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    The Tumi Tegra-Lite Max Continental Expandable Carry-On is a great traveling companion. It's made of a composite material and features a multi-height telescoping handle, and four double spinner wheels. What's cool is that in case you need room, the bag expands by two inches. It has two packing compartments, a suiter section, a hanger bracket, mesh tie-down straps abd a front zipper pocket. 

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    Virgin Atlantic

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    The Bellagio 2.0 Ultra Light 21 Inch International Carry On Spinner Trunk weighs only 8.5 pounds and can be used on trips between two and four days. It features four spinner wheels and an exterior polycarbonate shell, trimmed in Tuscan leather. There's a telescopic three-stage pull handle, a water-resistant sealed zipper and a Transportation Security Agency-approved lock. 

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    Southwest Airlines

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    This Delsey Luggage Chatelet 19-inch international carry-on, made from polycarbonate, has four spinner wheels with a brake system that keeps bags from drifting. It has a TSA-approved keyed lock, along with compartments and pockets to hold personal items.

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    This Delsey, the Helium Aero International carry-on expandable spinner trolley, is a hard case bag made of 100 percent polycarbonate. It has an outside padded compartment that can hold a laptop computer up to 15.6 inches. It also has two zippered pockets to hold things like computer accessories or toiletries, and the interior has two compartments with elastic web straps to hold clothes.


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    American Airlines

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    Looking for a carry-on bag that can handle a two- to four-day trip? The Rimowa Topas Stealth 21-inch Cabin Multiwheel Domestic IATA 36L is a good option. It's made with an aluminum magnesium shell and has four spinner wheels and an interior dual zippered compartments that help travelers be more organized when packing. It has a telescoping locking handle and includes an add-a-bag holder to attach another bag. 


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    This Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 Softside 21-inch Spinner is made from nylon and has four multidirectional wheels and can be rolled upright. It has a comfortable gel-infused locking handle and corner protectors. Inside, there are garment straps, a zippered pocket and mesh pockets. The outside of the bag has two zippered pockets.