Luggage sizers are the bane of many flyers’ existence. We bring a carry on bag to the gate, and the agent there says it’s too big. But we’ve carried it on the last 20 flights we’ve taken without an issue, we protest! Put it in the sizer, they say.
One passenger did just that. His bag fit in the sizer. He just couldn’t get it out. Technically then it must be ok to bring on board, right? But he can’t – unless he can reclaim it from the evil bag sizer.
Something to consider when choosing a carry on bag is that luggage sizes are usually listed by the dimensions of the packing area, excluding handles and wheels. Airline rules list dimensions inclusive of handles and wheels. So a 22-inch bag may be bigger than 22 inches, and may not fit in a 22-inch airline baggage sizer.
At least US airlines don’t weigh carry-on bags. Many non-US airlines weigh your bag, and the weight limits are (to a US perspective) absurdly low. Sometimes you can avoid the weight check simply by check-in online or at a kiosk and hope no one is policing the gate. My laptop bag is usually so stuffed it wouldn’t qualify for a 7 kilogram (15.4 pound) limit!