Carry-on 1cm too wide, will it fit? If not, alternatives?

Old Apr 22, 20, 12:27 pm
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Question Carry-on 1cm too wide, will it fit? If not, alternatives?

I will be relocating in a year and CDG will become my primary airport. As a result, I will most likely start using Air France.
The dimensions of my carry-on are 19.4 x 14.1 x 7.3 in, or about 49.3 x 35.8 x 18.5 cm. Air France's published limits are 55 x 35 x 25 cm.
Does anyone know if a bag that is a little under 1 cm too wide will fit in the Air France sizers?
If this won't fit, does anyone know of a quality luggage brand that sells bags that are within the allowed dimensions? It appears as though every option from B&R, Rimowa, Tumi, etc. is wider than 35 cm. I found a suitcase from Aleon which fits (the 20″ Vertical Business Carry-On), but I am unfamiliar with the brand and it has a bizarre opening style. Moreover, it is quite heavy given that both suitcase and personal item must be below 18 kg.
Thank you in advance for your help.
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Old Apr 22, 20, 1:57 pm
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I think you'll be fine with that. Have traveled with my Rimowa Cabin on AF and never had any issues. I believe mine is even larger than yours, as it's 40cm in width.
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Old Apr 22, 20, 2:29 pm
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Thank you for your response. Does that mean Air France only checks weight, and not size, for carry-ons? Or do they check neither?
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Old Apr 22, 20, 4:21 pm
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Roger what r0gerthat said (couldn't resist the bad pun)

I too have a larger-than-allowed carry-on -- in fact, my carry-on is exactly the size allowed by Transavia, the low-cost carrier of the AFKL group -- 55 x 40 x 25cm
Meanwhile, AF is 55 x 35 x 25 cm. I dont understand this size, smaller than Transavia. And btw, AF's newest sizers (which you can see at the new Terminal in Orly) really are dinky and tiny.

Anyway, i ve never been sized. Once or twice, my carry-on was weighted, and I was forced to check it --- but i am Platinum, so I didn't have to pay. Just an annoyance. Never had to go in the sizer, if that's your concern


Edit; I tried the newest AF sizer at Orly, since i had time. My luggage didn't fit. It fit Transavia's sizer perfectly. All this to say, the newest sizers for AF really are at a smaller dimension (and they look smaller, visibly)
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Old Apr 22, 20, 10:53 pm
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Thanks for the info on their new sizers. I think I'll go for a smaller bag just in case.
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Old Apr 23, 20, 1:25 am
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Originally Posted by gaukuser View Post
Roger what r0gerthat said (couldn't resist the bad pun)
Finally someone who understands it Congrats on being the first.


On-topic: Am Platinum as well, but I never see AF checking size/weight if it looks OK.
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Old Apr 23, 20, 2:46 am
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Originally Posted by r0gerthat View Post
On-topic: Am Platinum as well, but I never see AF checking size/weight if it looks OK.
Knowing you are Platinum, you are probably cut a little more slack than the average traveller.
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Old Apr 23, 20, 7:03 am
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Originally Posted by irishguy28 View Post
Knowing you are Platinum, you are probably cut a little more slack than the average traveller.
I would agree with that assumption but in actual fact, since I almost never check in with a real person, the challenge would come at the gate from a FA who wouldnt know they are challenging a platinum flyer (I don't use vanity tags). All this to say, dragging my fat suitcase behind me, I look as much a platinum as I do an ivory flyer.

I just think the FA strike when they feel like it. And they mostly don't.
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Old Apr 23, 20, 7:17 am
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Originally Posted by gaukuser View Post
I would agree with that assumption but in actual fact, since I almost never check in with a real person, the challenge would come at the gate from a FA who wouldnt know they are challenging a platinum flyer (I don't use vanity tags). All this to say, dragging my fat suitcase behind me, I look as much a platinum as I do an ivory flyer.

I just think the FA strike when they feel like it. And they mostly don't.
Yes exactly. I actually have the tags on my carry-on, especially to avoid these situations (I realise this doesn't help the OP ), but I've not seen AF making big deals out of regular looking suit cases.
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Old Apr 23, 20, 8:19 am
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Originally Posted by blanchedwhale View Post
Thanks for the info on their new sizers. I think I'll go for a smaller bag just in case.
I've never seen hand luggage checked at the gate by AF (doesn't mean it doesn't exist, but as a FF, never saw it). Sometimes if the flight is full, they may ask for people to voluntarily put their bag in the hold, but that's about it. So unless your carry-on is clearly over the expected size, you'll be fine.

The main issue I ever faced was from CDG security staff (Securitas? G4S?) weighting your luggage before custom (especially at T2E) and sending you back if it exceeds (I think) 12 kg. That usually applies only if you go through regular queue though, not the SkyPriority one, that queue being hidden behind.
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Old Apr 23, 20, 8:22 am
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Originally Posted by gaukuser View Post
I would agree with that assumption but in actual fact, since I almost never check in with a real person, the challenge would come at the gate from a FA who wouldnt know they are challenging a platinum flyer (I don't use vanity tags)
Neither do I use the vanity tags, but the last time I checked in with a "real person" when flying KLM, from Berlin, he wanted to charge me 45 Euro to check a bag, even after producing my Platinum card
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Old Apr 23, 20, 8:30 am
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Originally Posted by irishguy28 View Post
Neither do I use the vanity tags, but the last time I checked in with a "real person" when flying KLM, from Berlin, he wanted to charge me 45 Euro to check a bag, even after producing my Platinum card
lol, Klassy. I think Berlin is an outpost that uses third-party staff for checkins, no?
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Old Apr 23, 20, 8:37 am
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I've never seen hand luggage checked at the gate by AF (doesn't mean it doesn't exist, but as a FF, never saw it). Sometimes if the flight is full, they may ask for people to voluntarily put their bag in the hold, but that's about it. So unless your carry-on is clearly over the expected size, you'll be fine.

The main issue I ever faced was from CDG security staff (Securitas? G4S?) weighting your luggage before custom (especially at T2E) and sending you back if it exceeds (I think) 12 kg. That usually applies only if you go through regular queue though, not the SkyPriority one, that queue being hidden behind.
The times I remember when this happened to me was in Toulouse. And yes, it quite likely was security, you're right. Toulouse has extremely [censored] security staff.
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Old Apr 23, 20, 10:48 am
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I just think the FA strike when they feel like it. And they mostly don't.
I dunno, they are French (cymbal crash)
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I dunno, they are French (cymbal crash)
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