Just in case you were hoping to avoid checked baggage fees by lugging a full-size suitcase on the flight to your next locum tenens assignment, take note that US Air has announced limits on the size and weight of carry-on luggage. It’s very likely that other airlines will follow suit.
On US Air, as well as most airlines, you're allowed one carry-on bag and one personal item. Personal items include a purse, briefcase or laptop bag. Carry-on baggage must be stowed in carry-on compartments of the aircraft, under a seat, or in an overhead compartment.
New size requirements
Beginning February 1, 2009, your carry-on bag can measure up to 45 in/115 cm (14 x 9 x 22 in or 36 x 23 x 56 cm) and weigh up to 40 lbs/18 kg.
Additional items you can take at no charge
The following items will be accepted in addition to the checked baggage allowance at no charge. This is standard for most airlines. Check with your locum tenens travel agent if you have any question.
- Required mobility assistive devices (e.g. wheelchairs, canes, or crutches) These items may also be carried onto the aircraft.
- Infant assistive device (stroller or car seat).
- Required medical supplies or equipment. These items may also be carried on to the aircraft, as long as they meet size and weight restrictions. Carry these items in a separate bag! If they are included in a bag with other non-essential items, that bag will not be considered a free item, and will be subject to baggage fees.