How to Assess Luggage Linear Dimensions

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How to Assess Luggage Linear Dimensions
Measure the dimensions twice to ensure proper measurements. (luggage in hotel room image by Albert Lozano from

For most airlines, bags cannot have a linear dimension more than 62 inches. The linear dimension of a suitcase is the length, width and height added together. In essence, this form of measurement forces travellers to measure the entire suitcase to make sure the size meets airline guidelines.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Notepad

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  1. 1

    Stand the piece of luggage to be checked against a wall. Measure the length of the luggage by placing the measuring tape at the top of the bag. Drop the tape measure downward toward the floor. Pull it tight, and read the number on the tape measure. Write down the full height of the baggage on a piece of paper.

    How to Assess Luggage Linear Dimensions
    A sewing tape measure is easier to use than a construction tape measure. (photo measuring tap image by Pershing from
  2. 2

    Place the tape measure in the middle of the baggage, starting on the left side. Pull the tape measure across the luggage, stopping at the opposite end. Write the width measurement underneath the length on the same piece of paper.

  3. 3

    Turn the suitcase to the side. Place one end of the tape measure in the middle of the suitcase's side. Start at the left side and pull the tape measure across to get the length of the suitcase. Write the measurement underneath the length and width.

  4. 4

    Add the three numbers together. The result is the linear dimension of the suitcase.

Tips and warnings

  • Baggage size requirements could be different if flying on a smaller aeroplane.
  • Airlines generally charge an additional fee for oversized luggage. Baggage that exceeds the 62 inch requirement could have to be shipped as cargo.
  • Check with the individual airline to view its current baggage requirements.

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