Air Tran’s baggage policy allows each passenger one piece of carry-on baggage in addition to one personal item. Carry-on luggage cannot be larger than 24 inches long, 13 inches tall or 18 inches wide, and must fit in the overhead bin. Personal items include purses, camera bags, briefcases, laptop cases and umbrellas. Personal items must be able to fit underneath a seat. Crutches, walkers and canes necessary for mobility do not count toward the carry-on baggage limit.
Each checked bag is subject to a checked bag fee. The first checked bag is $15, the second checked bag is $25 and each additional checked bag is $50. These fees apply to bags that do not exceed weight or size limitations. Passengers who use wheelchairs can check a wheelchair for no charge.
Bags weighing up to 100 lbs. can be checked as baggage on Air Tran flights. Bags weighing more than 50 lbs. are subject to an overweight baggage fee. Bags weighing between 51 and 70 lbs. can be checked for a $49 fee, while bags weighing 71 to 100 lbs. are subject to a $79 fee.
Large bags are also subject to additional fees. If the sum of the bag’s length, width and height measurements is between 62 and 70 inches, the bag is subject to a $49 fee. Bags measuring 71 to 80 inches incur an additional $79 fee. Bags with a total measurement greater than 80 inches cannot be checked.
At major airports, passengers traveling on domestic Air Tran flights must check luggage at least 45 minutes before scheduled departure. Some small airports allow passengers to check baggage within 30 minutes of departure. Anyone traveling internationally must check baggage at least one hour before the flight’s scheduled departure. Oversize bags must be checked in 90 minutes before the flight’s scheduled departure time. Baggage cannot be checked in more than four hours before scheduled departure.
Active-duty military personnel who present official active-duty IDs are allowed to check up to three bags without paying any checked-bag fees or oversize and overweight fees, as long as each bag weighs less than 100 lbs. and does not exceed 80 inches. Any additional bags are subject to standard baggage fees. Military personnel do not have to present Orders to have these fees waived.
Media personnel who work for independent media companies, national news networks, local television broadcasting stations or commercial production companies are eligible for a discounted rate of $35 on oversize or overweight camera, lighting and audio equipment checked as baggage. Media personnel must present a photo ID with a company logo at the check-in counter in order to take advantage of this discount.
AirTran Airways allows passengers to bring one piece of carry-on luggage and one personal item into the cabin, as of March 2010. Personal items include purses, baby bags, briefcases, laptops and assistive devices, and do not count as carry-ons. AirTran requires that carry-on baggage is stowed under the seat or in an overhead compartment as a safety precaution during take-off, flight and landing. Air Tran implements carry-on size restrictions at flight check-in. Carry-ons that do not fit Air Tran