It looks as though there’s more bad news coming from the major US carriers – last week Gizmodo reported that the 3 major US carriers, United, Delta, and American Airlines have decreased the size limits for carryon luggage. The width max has been decreased from 15 inches to 14 inches – not a huge change, but perhaps huge if your main carryon luggage is 15 inches!
Remember that as an active duty military member, you can check a bag or two for free on all the major carriers, even for leisure travel. As I’ve said before, I almost exclusively only with a carryon bag, so this hits me where it hurts.
Here are a couple options for carryon luggage that will still work within the new restrictions:
or, my personal favorite, a great carryon/backpack combo and one I’ve been using for about a year,
If you need to check a bag, I still recommend the REI Wheely Beast, as it’s absolutely impenetrable, easy to wheel, and has tons of handles for easy movement.