After the horror of getting pulled out of the security line at the Honolulu Airport and having to "check my bag" I contacted my friend at Hawaiian Airlines to get me the scoop on how to avoid this in the future. I like to roll on, roll off and start my vacation. Pack Light There are ways to maximize the space in your carry-on suitcase including bringing just enough tops and bottoms to mix and match for different outfits. I always found packing containers as a great way to organize your belongings in your suitcase. Best of all, they keep things from getting wrinkled. Shoes always take up a lot of space so I try to pack slippers (flip flops) and flats and wear the big shoes on the plane. The same goes for large and heavy jackets. Instead of packing them, wear or carry them on the plane. Almost all hotels offer shampoo and bath products so leave those at home or there’s always the option to buy them when you arrive at your destination.
Carry On Vs. Checked Luggage Check your airline’s rules and restrictions on carry-on items. Most airlines, including Hawaiian Airlines, allow passengers one carry-on and one personal item. Personal items include a purse, briefcase, laptop bag or a backpack. Carry on must not exceed 25 pounds and must not exceed 22” long, 14” wide and 9” high (45 linear inches). Your primary storage area is the space under the seat in front of you. Overhead compartments are for all passengers on board and are on a first come, first served basis. If your carry-on item cannot safely be store under the seat in front of you or in the overhead bin, or if all overhead bins are full, the flight attendants may ask you to check in your baggage for pick-up at your destination.
For parents traveling with children, they are allowed to carry on car seats, infant-carrying seats and strollers as part of their carry-on baggage allowance as long as the items can properly fit in the overhead compartment or beneath the seat in front of them. If the items are checked in, they’ll be exempt from the baggage fees for the ticketed adult who’s traveling with the child.
Measure and Weigh Your Bags If you absolutely need to check in your bags, make sure that you measure and weigh them to stay within the airline’s luggage weight/size limits. Anything beyond the limits will be imposed a fee.
Airline Credit Cards Most airlines have credit card programs that offer great perks including free checked bags. At Hawaiian Airlines, our World Elite MasterCard holders can check in their first bag for free if they purchase their flights using their credit card.