How strict is TSA with personal item size?

Personal items should fit under the seat in front of you. Examples include laptop cases, purses, camera bags, diaper bags, small backpacks and duffels. Some airlines publish maximum dimensions for personal items. Most domestic airlines specify 22 inches by 14 inches by 9 inches as the maximum size for carry-on baggage.

What is the difference between a carry-on and a personal item?

Backpacks, totes, and crossbody bags are typically considered personal items too. The key to remember is it must be able to fit underneath the seat in front of you. A carry-on is a type of hand luggage that you bring into the plane cabin with you and is larger than a personal item.

What is the largest personal item for carry-on?

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