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Lowest common (carry-on) denominator

One of the readers of the hobotraveler.com blog researched international carry-on regulations to find the lowest common denominator for bag dimensions and weights. He found that a bag of 19 x 13 x 8 inches (48 x 34 x 20cm) should be accepted by an airline in the world, though most airlines allow much larger bags of 45-50” in combined dimensions. As for weight:

5 kg 11.02 lbs (a few)
6 kg 13.22 lbs (several)
7 kg 15.43 lbs (common)

This is helpful info if you absolutely, positively never want to check a bag. The TB Western Flyer at 18 x 12 x 7” is one of the few bags I know that fits comfortably under the size limits. Some recent discussions at the TB forums extol the Flyer as a bag that fits under nearly any airline seat - real plus given the badly bulging bins on most flights these days!

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