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If you’re planning to travel with just a carry-on, you’ll need to be up to speed with airline carry-on policies. Specifically, the various rules and regulations each carrier has for what you can and cannot “carry on” to the plane. Each airline’s rules are different, so don’t just assume that what works for one will work for all airlines.
If you are going to be flying jetBlue, here are the carry-on rules you need to be aware of regarding size, weight, fees, liquids, etc.
jetBlue Carry-On Policy: Size & Weight Restrictions
jetBlue allows one carry-on bag and one personal item onboard at no charge. The personal item must fit under the seat in front of you, and the carry-on bag must be stowed in the overhead bin.
jetBlue Carry-On Size Dimensions
jetBlue’s size requirements for a carry-on are 22″ x 14″ x 9″.
If you aren’t sure what size your carry-on is, jetBlue typically provides “size check templates” located at their ticketing counters and departure gates. But if you wait until you get to either of these locations and have an issue, it’s too late.
jetBlue Personal Item Size & Restrictions
Personal items include a purse, briefcase, laptop, backpack, shopping bag, or a similar-sized item.
The following items may be brought onboard without counting toward your carry-on limit.
- Duty-Free items (a reasonable and limited amount)
- One diaper bag (for customers traveling with a lap infant) as a carry-on item
- Special items (coat, umbrella, infant car seat, etc.)
- Assistive devices (wheelchairs, canes, walkers, etc.)
Carry-On Weight Limits
jetBlue doesn’t impose weight restrictions on a carry-on bag. However, when checking a bag, the weight limit is 50 pounds per bag.
jetBlue Carry-On Rules for Small Regional Aircraft
If you’re flying one of jetBlue’s smaller jets (Embraer E190) you can bring a personal item on board, but you may have to gate check a carry-on bag due to limited overhead space.
Personal items must be able to fit under the seat in front of the passenger.
All carry-on bags within jetBlue’s size restrictions will be gate checked, free of charge, during the boarding process and returned upon deplaning.
If you want to make sure you have a bag that will fit, check out this article on the best carry-on luggage for regional jets.
Carry-On Liquids (jetBlue Carry-on Liquid Policy)
The rules for carry-on liquids are set by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration), not by the airline. jetBlue doesn’t have its own specific Liquids Policy, they just enforce the rules and policies of the TSA.
It’s also important to note that the rules for bringing a “liquid” in your carry-on bag are different from the rules that govern what you can bring in your checked luggage. Liquids in a carry-on bag must be 3.4 ounces or smaller and fit in a 1 quart-sized container. Anything larger must be placed in your checked luggage.
The TSA 3-1-1 Rule
Each passenger may carry liquids, gels, and aerosols in travel-size containers that are 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters. Each passenger is limited to one quart-size bag of liquids, gels, and aerosols. Common travel items that must comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule include toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, perfume, mouthwash, deodorant, and lotion.
Any liquid that does not meet the TSA 3-1-1 rule will either have to be checked with your luggage or will be thrown away at the security checkpoint.
Here is a little video to help illustrate:
Carry-On Food (jetBlue Carry-on Food Policy)
The TSA also sets the rules for what type of food you can bring on the plane. There are two different scenarios pertaining to food:
- The food you bring with you from home, and
- The food you buy at the airport after you have gone through security.
When bringing food with you from home, an important thing to note is the classification of liquid vs. solid foods.
The general rule is “If you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it, or pour it, then it’s considered a liquid or gel”. This means your food may be considered a liquid and will fall under the TSA 3-1-1 liquids rule, which mandates that any liquid, gel, cream, aerosol, or paste in a carry-on must be 3.4 ounces or less, and fit in one quart-size resealable bag (only one such bag is allowed per passenger).
Here’s a link to the TSA website advising what food can be brought with you on your jetBlue flight. This applies to food you are bringing from home through security. Once you get through security, you can bring just about any food on the plane that you buy at the airport.
jetBlue Carry-On Pet Policy
jetBlue Airlines may not charge for your carry-on bag, but they will charge for your carry-on pet.
If you’re going to bring a pet on board with you, it must be able to fit in a small, ventilated pet carrier that fits under the seat in front of you. Your pet carrier will count as a carry-on bag and cannot exceed 17″L x 12.5″W x 8.5″H, and the combined weight of your pet and the carrier must not exceed 20 pounds.
Here are a couple of other things to be aware of:
- Only one pet per customer is allowed.
- A limited number of pets are allowed on each flight, so it’s best to book early.
- Carry-On pets are not allowed in Mint.
- Pets are not accepted on interline/code share bookings, regardless of booking source.
- Pets are not permitted on flights going to Jamaica, Barbados, St Lucia, the Cayman Islands, or Trinidad & Tobago.
- TrueBlue members earn 300 extra points per segment for adding a pet to their booking.
jetBlue Carry-On Pet Fees
Here is a chart showing the pet fees jetBlue charges each way. Double them for a round-trip flight.
|To/From Destination||Pet Fee Each Way|
|Any jetBlue Airlines Flight||$125.00|
TSA Approved Pet Carrier for jetBlue
Prohibited and Restricted Items
There are certain items that are considered dangerous and classified as hazardous material. Dangerous goods are prohibited from both your carry-on and checked bag on all flights. These rules are not specific to any airline and are mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Items considered “dangerous goods” are prohibited under jetBlue’s carry-on policy and include the following:
- Firearms and ammunition
- Mace and pepper spray
- Poisonous, infectious, or radioactive substances
- Sharp objects (knives, cutting instruments, razors, ice picks, carpet knives, metal scissors, box cutters, or similar items)
- Any beverage with more than 70 percent alcohol
- Camping equipment containing flammable liquids or gasses
- Flammable liquids, including gasoline and kerosene
- Hoverboards, including electric skateboards, balance boards, gravity boards, and self-balancing devices
- Medical or liquid oxygen
- Torch lighters, lighter fluid, strike-anywhere matches, and fire starters
- Wet-cell batteries
- Motor oil, hydraulic fluids, brake fluid, and transmission fluid
The following items are not considered “dangerous goods” and are allowed when packaged properly, in accordance with FAA regulations
- Hiking or trekking poles
- Hair dryer/Straightener
- Hair spray
- Sunscreen/bug spray
- Food as a carry on
- Fishing hooks
- Fragile glass items
A complete list can be found on the FAA and TSA websites.
jetBlue Carry-On Fees
jetBlue does not charge a fee for carry-on baggage that meets their size requirements. If your bag is too large and does not meet jetBlue’s carry-on restrictions, you may be charged a fee to gate check it.
Here is a link to jetBlue’s Carry-On page to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.
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