I know the general, conservative, rule of thumb is to include wheels and handles in your measurements. AA actually shows including them in the diagram on their website.
Does anyone have a link to something official, on WNs site, which gives definitive guidance? One way or the other?
I'm humble enough to admit that just because I couldn't find it doesn't mean it's not there.
I'm looking for specific information, for a reason.
I'll agree, in advance, a bag which is just legal is likely to be overweight when packed "full". I'll agree, in advance, that it makes more sense to buy a bag which is legal on almost all airlines then only legal (due to wheel/handle measurements) on some airlines. No reason to have those discussions in this thread.
Programs: DL Plat/million, AA 1 mil, HH Diamond, SPG Gold
It's in the Contract of Carriage. That's as official as it gets:
(3) Allowable Carryon Baggage. Passengers are restricted to one item of carryon Baggage (e.g., roller bag, garment bag, tote bag) that does not exceed external dimensions of 10” x 16” x 24” plus one smaller personal-type item (e.g., purse, briefcase, laptop computer case, backpack, small camera), provided that such items are capable of being carried onboard the aircraft by one Passenger without additional assistance, unless the Passenger requires assistance due to a disability, and are capable of being stowed under a seat or in an overhead compartment. Sizing boxes with 10" x
16" x 24" dimensions are located at many of Carrier‟s curbside checkin locations (where available), ticket counters, departure gates, boarding locations, and on many jetbridges. Carrier reserves the right to further restrict the number of carryon items.
(i) A roller bag that otherwise would meet the 10” x 16” x 24” dimensions if the wheels were removed will be accepted.
(ii) Oversized articles of reasonable carryon size that protrude from only one side of the sizing box and, because of their fragile nature, would be at greater than normal risk of damage if carried in the cargo hold (e.g., small musical instruments, blueprints, map tubes, fishing poles, artwork, media cameras/video equipment) are considered personal-type items and may be carried in the Passenger cabin if remaining onboard space permits and the item fits in an overhead bin without depriving other Passengers of sufficient overhead bin space.
Programs: IC Plat Amb, Kimpton Inner Circle, BW Diamond
IME the check in agent is much more concerned about weight. I've got a couple bags that are close (a little over) and have never had them question it (they generally do make a comment about it being 48 - 49 lbs ). Odd sized items may be a very different thing.