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Flying with a suit on American Airlines

appleonius

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The threads I found relevant to this subject are outdated (2004). With the new policies, has anyone flown with a carry on & used a garment bag for a suit? I've read on other forums where this is ok but when I called AA, the CSR said the garment bag counts as a carry on & not as a personal item. What's the word from fellow pre-dents?
 

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What kind of garmet bag do u have? The "larger" suitcase type or just the vinyl "sleeve" you get from department stores?

I flew southwest airlines with a vinyl suit garmet bag as a personal item. They even have a small closet where you can ask flight attendants to hang it up for you.
 

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Couple years ago when I was interviewing I brought my suit/garmant bag combo on southwest, and they told me
I wouldn't be able to carry on both OR check one of the bags (I can't remember why).

Luckily it all worked out, I just took my suit out of the bag right there and put it on over my clothes and wore it all the way to New York.
 
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pbrooks

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The threads I found relevant to this subject are outdated (2004). With the new policies, has anyone flown with a carry on & used a garment bag for a suit? I've read on other forums where this is ok but when I called AA, the CSR said the garment bag counts as a carry on & not as a personal item. What's the word from fellow pre-dents?

i have flown AA a couple times and i had a large carryon, (i didnt check anything) a purse, and my garment bag, i have had about 4 flights with them and no one has said anything to me. I figured if i didnt ask about it no one would even notice, and they didnt :)
I dont think that should be a major worry for you. If they do say something just say it is counting as your purse or seomthing (im assuming you are a guy)
 

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Same as the guy above me. Flew AA last week, brought large duffel bag and garment bag also. I think they treat garment bags like large coats people otherwise wear, because there's a closet where dozens of passengers were hanging their coats, suits, etc. You'll be fine.
 

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I flew A.A back in Oct to my interviews......I had a carry-on and used a garment bag for my suit....Actually, if u ask them, they will let you put your suit in the forward compartment right when u step on the plane (it's like a closet where there is room for about 6-7 suit-bags easy....There's one on BOTH sides)

On my return flight, there wasn't room 4 mine b/c it was full (since I ride economy & was 1 of the last people on the plane).........No biggie....I just asked the flight attendant if I could place my suit in the 1st class hanger space....**Room for about 15 suit-bags easily**....First she was like, "umm, it's only for 1st class passengers"----then I said, "well, it's not like they are utilizing this space, it's just a freakin suit!!".......


Maybe b/c I'm black & looked "pissed" (b/c I had just paid $7.00 for a REGULAR/crappy hotdog :eek:)---but she got embarrassed, & in an attempt to not make a scene, she let me hang my bag there..:laugh:
 

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Can I ask why you would want to carry it with you during the flight? I think it would be more pragmatic and safe to just put it in your luggage (and change at the airport if you have to). I had to use a pretty big luggage to my suit doesn't get folded but it worked well.
 

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Can I ask why you would want to carry it with you during the flight? I think it would be more pragmatic and safe to just put it in your luggage (and change at the airport if you have to). I had to use a pretty big luggage to my suit doesn't get folded but it worked well.

Usually when u fly to interviews, it's for the next day..(early morning or so)....Personally, I didn't want to wrinkle my suit after I just had it dry cleaned by putting it in luggage...Besides, u run the risk of the airline "misplacing" it..(which would suck, come interview time)....This is mainly why I try and keep everything important close by me.....

Hanging it a garment bag is usually the best way...It stays perfect and doesn't need to be folded in any way...
 

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not sure of your plans, but i flew with the suit on. it was dry-cleaned and nice, and transit to the interview didn't really wrinkle anything. i was just sure to be very careful, e.g. drinking coffee while sitting forward in the chair!
my carry on was just a backpack, made for a very fast/efficient trip.
 

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out of the 8 or so flights ive been on, i havent had a problem brining a small suitcase and a garment bag. one thing that annoyed me tho are the liquids i cant bring on... sometimes i slide by with a small bottle os lotion and sometimes they make me throw toothpaste away haha
 
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