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Overall dimensions vs packing dimensions

Explorer C
Hi, I just bought a new 29'' luggage with a overall dimensions including handle and wheels of 32.3+18.9+12.6=63.8 and a packing dimensions of 29+18.5+10=57.5. Which type of dimension does Southwest use? Is this luggage too big for the 62 inches allowance of free checked bag? Thanks Alex Chen

Re: Overall dimensions vs packing dimensions

Aviator A

Exterior dimensions are what airlines measure, but don't measure the wheels. Suitcase manufacturers design suitcases to fit airline regulations and yours is right at 62". Your bag is fine. 


On a side note, it would be rather funny to watch an airline open your suitcase, dump your stuff, then measure the inside of your bag. 



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