Can You Bring a Suit in a Garment Bag on a United Plane?

Yes, you can bring a suit in a garment bag as a carry-on bag on a United Airlines flight, as long as it meets the carry-on size requirements of 9 x 14 x 22 inches (22 x 35 x 56 cm)[1][3].

Some key things to note:

  • Traditional hanging garment bags are considered cabin baggage requiring a seat on United, rather than a personal item[6].
  • There is no guarantee there will be space to hang the garment bag in the cabin. You may need to fold it and place it in the overhead bin[3][5].
  • If possible, board early and politely ask the flight attendant if there is space to hang your garment bag in the closet. They may be able to accommodate you, especially if you have status or are in business class[3].
  • Consider packing your suit loosely inside a soft-sided garment bag or suitcase to minimize wrinkles, rather than a traditional rigid hanging garment bag[3].
  • You can purchase a folding garment bag box from United to protect your clothes if there is no closet space available[4].

So in summary, yes you can bring a suit in garment bag on United, but manage your expectations around having it hung up. Pack strategically to minimize wrinkles just in case. And if possible, board early to increase your chances of hanging space.


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