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Can I Get Away With a Personal Item Slightly Over Regulation?

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Old May 29, 19, 9:00 am
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Can I Get Away With a Personal Item Slightly Over Regulation?

I have a Thule Subterra backpack with dimensions that are larger than UA's personal item restrictions. It's 9 X 12 x 20.5 inches. Definitely over UA's 9 X 10 x 17 inch limit. However, it won't be very full. I could easily bend it to fit in the sizing box and fitting it under the seat in front of me is no problem. (I'm flying domestic First Class). I haven't flown UA in about a year, but I have seen their gate agents get pretty strict with the personal item rules, especially with Basic Economy PAX. So do you UA regulars think I'm likely to be okay taking the backpack aboard in addition to my regular carryon bag. Or am I pushing my luck?
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Old May 29, 19, 9:15 am
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Originally Posted by Alohashirt View Post
I have a Thule Subterra backpack with dimensions that are larger than UA's personal item restrictions. It's 9 X 12 x 20.5 inches. Definitely over UA's 9 X 10 x 17 inch limit. However, it won't be very full. I could easily bend it to fit in the sizing box and fitting it under the seat in front of me is no problem. (I'm flying domestic First Class). I haven't flown UA in about a year, but I have seen their gate agents get pretty strict with the personal item rules, especially with Basic Economy PAX. So do you UA regulars think I'm likely to be okay taking the backpack aboard in addition to my regular carryon bag. Or am I pushing my luck?
Can you 'getaway' with an oversized bag? You have several things going in your favor. You're in F, It's a backpack and rarely is a slightly oversized backpack questioned.
The negatives are at almost any time a gate agent could require the use of the bag sizer and even then not of F class.
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Old May 29, 19, 9:18 am
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Originally Posted by Alohashirt View Post
I have a Thule Subterra backpack with dimensions that are larger than UA's personal item restrictions. It's 9 X 12 x 20.5 inches. Definitely over UA's 9 X 10 x 17 inch limit. However, it won't be very full. I could easily bend it to fit in the sizing box and fitting it under the seat in front of me is no problem. (I'm flying domestic First Class). I haven't flown UA in about a year, but I have seen their gate agents get pretty strict with the personal item rules, especially with Basic Economy PAX. So do you UA regulars think I'm likely to be okay taking the backpack aboard in addition to my regular carryon bag. Or am I pushing my luck?
I wouldn't expect a problem, especially in F, they almost never check backpacks against the sizer except for BE pax.

BUT, have a back-up plan going in so you aren't stressed -- which bag will you gate check? Do you know what electronics / medications do you need to pull before checking it? You will be able to check it for free so no monetary downside to having to check it.

If you are prepared then 99% chance you can bring it on no problem.
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Old May 29, 19, 9:37 am
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I fly with my oversized backpack in F all the time and never got even a look from any GA.
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Old May 29, 19, 10:24 am
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In my experience unless it is some absurdly oversized duffel bag, GAs for UA have only made a stink if you have more than one rollerboard/hard-sided suitcase.

I have the Incase TRACTO Split Duffel 40. It is an amazing item & I've never been questioned.
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Old May 29, 19, 12:56 pm
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Flying BE, or flying Spirit? I'd be concerned. Flying F it wouldn't even cross my mind since it's a backpack, not a roller bag.
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Old May 29, 19, 1:58 pm
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My normal travel kit is a Thule Escort 2 plus a roller-bag. The Escort 2 is a slightly different size/shape to the Subterra, but it's in the same ballpark. Depending on how full it is, the Escort 2 ranges from slightly over to very much over the personal item size.

In hundreds of trips on United with this pairing, I've never had anyone query it or want to try it in the sizer. That's in all cabins, on basically all types of planes, although never BE.

What matters more than anything is that it'll fit under the seat, which mine always can regardless of how full it is. I'm sure yours would be the same.
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