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Summer Travel: What airline passengers need to know

Published:Friday | May 18, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Carry-on Baggage: One small carry-on bag plus one personal item per passenger as long as the carry-on bag fits comfortably in the sizer and does not exceed 45 inches (length+width+height).

The maximum dimensions cannot exceed: 22" long x 14" wide x 9" tall or 114cm (56cm x 35cm x 23cm). All carry-on items should be stowed in an overhead bin.

Personal item includes: purse, briefcase, laptop bag or a similar item such as a tote that does not exceed 36" (length+width+height) and must fit under the seat in front of you.

Overweight-baggage charge: To, through and from Mexico, the Caribbean, Bermuda, The Bahamas, Central and South America, charges include: More than 23kg (50lb) but less than 32kg (70lb) is subject to a US$100 (appx J$8,800).

Checked baggage weighing more than 32kg (70lbs) but not more than 45 kg (100lb) will be charged US$200 (appx J$17,600) per piece. Baggage weighing more than 45kg (100 lb) will not be accepted as checked baggage.

Oversize-baggage charges: Checked baggage larger than 158cm (62"), will be charged at the rate of US$200 (appx J$17,600) each. Baggage measuring more than 320cm (126") will not be accepted as checked baggage.

Allowances for children: American Airlines (AA) offers unaccompanied minor service for children from five to 17 years. This service ensures that your child is boarded, introduced to flight attendant, chaperoned during connections and released to the appropriate person upon arrival at their destination.

Children under five years old may not travel alone under any circumstances. Another passenger at least 16 years old must accompany them. AA reserves the right to request documented proof of age for the adolescent accompanying a child under 16.

Infants under two years old who travel within the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands may be held in an adult's lap at no charge. Children five through seven years must travel with another passenger at least 16 years of age.

Unaccompanied minors

Children eight through 11 years of age must travel with another passenger at least 16 years of age or they will be considered unaccompanied minors. For travel on AA, American Eagle, and American Connection, unaccompanied children may travel on non-stop, direct and connecting flights. If the itinerary includes a connection to/from another airline, including code-share and one-world partners, the unaccompanied children will not be accepted.

Mobility accommodations: Canes, walkers and other assistive devices capable of being collapsed small enough to fit into approved overhead and under-seat stowage areas do not count toward your carry-on item limit.

Seat cushions, detachable control boxes, arm/foot rests, also may be carried on-board. Some equipment or devices may have to be checked as baggage if not required during flight. All assistive devices must be packed separately from normal baggage to avoid baggage charges.

Non-collapsible wheelchairs or scooters are acceptable as checked luggage. Check these in at either the ticket counter or the departure gate. There is no charge to physically challenged persons transporting wheelchairs or needing wheelchair services.

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