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Seats for bags

If you don’t want to check your special items, you can buy an extra seat and take them on the plane with you.

Most people use seats for bags to travel with things like large or valuable musical instruments*, wedding dress, cameras, and garment bags. A United agent must approve all items before boarding.

Rules for items traveling in seats

Items with an assigned seat:

  • Should weigh less than 165 pounds (75 kg).
  • Must stay packaged or covered to avoid injuring other passengers.
  • Must stay in a seat next to the owner and secured with a seatbelt for the entire flight.
  • Cannot hold any dangerous goods.
  • Cannot block any exits, signage, or the aisle of the cabin.

To reserve a seat for your bag or special item, call 1-800-864-8331. Seat prices can change and may be higher than the cost of your original ticket.

*If you are traveling with a guitar, follow the regular rules for carry-on bags.