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Cabin-seat baggage

United Airlines will allow a customer to purchase a ticket for an item, approved by a United agent, which is too fragile or bulky to be handled as checked baggage. These items can be carried on board and transported in a seat.

Examples of cabin-seat baggage may include large or valuable musical instruments, media cameras, artifacts, garment bags and similar items of a delicate nature or unusual size. Note that guitars are not considered cabin-seat baggage and customers traveling with guitars should continue to follow carry-on baggage guidelines.

The following restrictions apply:

  • Must not exceed 165 pounds (75 kg).
  • Must be packaged or covered in a manner to avoid injury to other customers.
  • Must be secured in a seat adjacent to the owner.
  • Must be properly secured by a seat belt to avoid shifting during flight.
  • Must not restrict access to, or use of, any regular or emergency exit or aisle of the cabin.
  • Must not obscure any customer's view of "seatbelt," "no smoking" or "exit" signage.
  • Must not contain dangerous goods.
  • Must be reserved in advance and applicable charges paid.

Please check with a United agent for pricing information.

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