Alaska Airlines – Carry On Rules

Alaska Airlines – Carry On Rules

by admin, November 11, 2014

Carry-On Baggage

The following baggage rules apply only when traveling on Alaska Airlines. If your itinerary includes travel on another airline, please check that airline’s Web site for their specific baggage rules.

You’re allowed one carry-on bag, which including wheels and handles can measure up to 10″ H x 17″ W x 24″ L (25 x 43 x 61 cm), plus one personal item, such as a purse, briefcase or laptop computer. At least one of the items should be stowed under the seat in front of you.

Every effort will be made to accommodate your carry-on in the passenger cabin. Acceptance of carry-on baggage is subject to space availability on the aircraft at the time you board. In the event adequate space is not available, your carry-on bag will be checked for no charge to baggage claim at your final destination.

Items exceeding the free carry-on allowance will be charged $25 per piece and tagged for delivery to baggage claim at your destination.

I.D. Tag for the Inside of Your Bag

Please download the tag below, fill out the information, then place it inside your bag. In the case of a misplaced bag, this tag can help expedite the identification and return process.

Download Baggage ID. (PDF File is 343K)

Additional Carry-On Information

à la cart Service
Carry-on Baggage Exceptions
Prohibited Items

à la cart Service

Due to the smaller dimensions of overhead storage and underseat space on aircraft operated by Horizon Air or SkyWest (Alaska Airlines flights 2000-2999 and flights 3440-3499), larger carry-on items will be placed on a planeside cart before boarding. These items will be specially tagged and returned to the cart for retrieval at a designated area on the ramp or jetbridge as you deplane. Just find the red and white stop sign, and your bags will be there within 5 minutes of deplaning. Fragile or high-value items should be carried into the cabin with you, and not left on the planeside cart.

The maximum dimensions for an à la cart bag is 10″ H x 17″ W x 24″ L (25 x 43 x 61 cm) including wheels and handles.

Note: Some items allowed in carry-on baggage cannot travel in the checked baggage compartment. The item MUST remain with you in the cabin or be removed before your carry-on bag is placed on the à la cart or given to an employee at the gate or onboard to place in the checked baggage compartment. Refer to the Prohibited Items section below for more information.

Carry-on Baggage ExceptionsThe following items may count as your “one” carry-on bag and may exceed the carry-on dimensions as long as they can be safely accommodated in a proper stowage compartment in the cabin of the aircraft.

  • Human organs
  • Art/Advertising portfolios
  • Paintings
  • Delicate scientific equipment
  • Fishing poles

All items brought onboard count toward your carry-on limit except the following:

  • Coats, hats, umbrellas (compact size that easily fits into an overhead bin, under the seat or in a suitcase)
  • A pillow for personal use
  • Food for immediate consumption
  • Reasonable amount of reading material
  • FAA approved child/infant restraint seats to be occupied by a child, strollers (based on space availability; space guaranteed only with the purchase of a ticket for the infant)
  • Service Animals, including properly documented emotional support animals
  • Mobility/Medical assistive devices such as wheelchairs, canes, crutches, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, approved portable oxygen concentrators (POC) etc.
  • Prescription medications and any medical devices needed to administer them (for example: syringes, auto- injections) as long as they comply with applicable safety, security, and hazardous materials rules.

Please note that to qualify as an exception to the carry-on limit, nothing other than medical devices or medication may be in the bag.

Visit Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions on the TSA website for more information on allowed medical items and screening procedures.

Prohibited Items

Many common items used every day in the home or workplace may seem harmless; however, when transported by air, they can be very dangerous. In flight, variations in temperature and pressure can cause items to leak, generate toxic fumes, or start a fire.

Please refer to the Permitted and Prohibited Items of the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) website for a complete list of items which are federally restricted from being carried onboard our aircraft.

In addition to the items found on the TSA website, Alaska Airlines has additional restrictions on carrying or checking the following items:

Items marked with a green “OK to Pack” are OK to pack as noted.

Items marked with a red “Do Not Pack” are prohibited from your carry-on and/or checked baggage.

Note: If an item is allowed in carry-on baggage, but not allowed in checked bags, the item MUST remain with you in the cabin or be removed before your carry-on bag is placed on the à la cart or given to an employee at the gate or onboard to place in the Checked Baggage compartment.

TSA’s recently announced changes to its Prohibited Items list, including allowing small pocket knives on aircraft, has been temporarily delayed. For more information visit tsa.gov.

Item(s) Carry-On Bag Checked Bags
Pottery, Glass, or Wood (ANY articles made of pottery, glass, or wood may not be carried on board flights departing from Mexico) Do Not Pack OK to Pack
Printer and Toner Cartridges
(16 oz or greater, to/from Canada)
Do Not Pack Do Not Pack
Internal Combustion Engines (Outboard motors, chainsaws, generators, gas powered weed eaters) Do Not Pack Do Not Pack
Liquids, Gels, or Aerosols (Purchased Beyond the Security Checkpoints) OK to Pack OK to Pack
Liquids, Gels, or Aerosols (3.4 oz. (100ml) or Less packed per TSA regulations) OK to Pack OK to Pack
Liquids, Gels, or Aerosols (More than 3.4 oz. (100ml) and/or not packed per TSA regulations) Do Not Pack OK to Pack
Alcohol (More than 3.4 oz.) Do Not Pack View Restrictions
Breast Milk (Mothers traveling with or without their child) OK to Pack OK to Pack
Camping/Outdoor Equipment
(containing camp stoves with the residue of flammable liquid, camp fuel cylinders, strike-anywhere matches, insect sprays, propane heaters, etc.)
Do Not Pack Do Not Pack
Dry/Wet Ice View Restrictions View Restrictions
(Fireworks, gunpowder, signal flares, sparklers, or other explosives)
Do Not Pack Do Not Pack
Flammable Liquids or Solids
(Fuel, paints, lighter refills, strike anywhere matches, Sterno, self-heating meals such as MREs)
Do Not Pack Do Not Pack
Household Items
(Drain cleaners, solvents, other caustic or corrosive solids or liquids)
Do Not Pack Do Not Pack
Lithium Batteries (Checked bags may only contain batteries installed in electronic devices) OK to Pack Do Not Pack
View Restrictions
Matches/Lighters (One book of safety matches or one common lighter) OK to Pack Do Not Pack
Other Hazardous Materials
(Gasoline-powered tools, wet-cell batteries, radioactive materials, poisons, infectious substances)
Do Not Pack Do Not Pack
Perishable/Trophy Items View Restrictions View Restrictions
Personal Air Purifiers Do Not Pack OK to Pack
Pool Chemicals
(containing hazardous, oxidizing or reactive materials.)
Do Not Pack Do Not Pack
Pressurized Containers
(Avalanche airbag systems, butane fuel, scuba tanks, propane tanks, C02 cartridges, self inflating rafts)
View Restrictions View Restrictions
Sharp Objects
(Knives, cutting instruments – including carpet knives, box cutters, folding or retractable blades, ice picks, straight razors, metal scissors with a cutting edge of more than four inches, pliers larger than seven inches)
Do Not Pack OK to Pack
Styrofoam Containers OK to Pack Do Not Pack
(Firearms, ammunition, mace, tear-gas, or pepper spray)
Do Not Pack OK to Pack*

* Visit our Transporting Firearms page for restrictions and limitations on checking firearms, weapons and repellents.

Many of the items above are classified as Dangerous Goods by the U.S. Government and are prohibited from being placed in your baggage. Also prohibited are boxes marked as containing hazardous materials. If you are reusing a box – carefully look at all 6 sides and completely remove or cover up any indication of hazmat, such as “ORM-D” or a hazardous diamond. The shipment of unauthorized dangerous goods may result in criminal or civil penalties. For further information, contact Alaska Airlines Reservations at 1-800-252-7522 .

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