How to Avoid Having to Gate Check Your Bag on a Regional Jet

How to avoid having to gate check your bag on a regional jetToday’s tip follows yesterday’s on regional jets and why I don’t like to board them early in the summer. As I wrote then, I don’t worry as much about the overhead space filling up on regional jets because people are so often forced to gate check their bags. On regional jets, the overhead compartments are smaller, and so the restrictions on carry-on size and weight are often different. It’s simple but an easy thing to forget when you’re packing as you usually do.

When I’m flying on a regional jet and traveling carry-on only, I bring a smaller carry-on bag than I usually do or I pull out stuff from my usual roller carry-on so I know it will fit under my seat and/or in the overhead. This way, I won’t be forced to gate check and have to deal with checked baggage unexpectedly.



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1 Comment on "How to Avoid Having to Gate Check Your Bag on a Regional Jet"

  1. I have a rolling backpack that I switch to wearing rather than rolling when boarding a smaller plane. I fly the same ones frequently and know it fits under the seat (that’s why I love it) but some flight attendants will not let any rolling bag on no matter what. So avoid the argument at the door — if you know your wheelie bag fits pick it up before you board and carry it on.

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