With its newest policy, United Airlines is banning carry-on luggage for certain economy class customers, which means the airline surely doesn’t care about pissing off the majority of its clientele.
Announced Wednesday, United’s new Basic Economy Service is a measure meant to cut costs through lower fares, albeit with the major catch of disallowing any carry-on luggage apart from small shoulder bags, backpacks or laptop bags. The Airline explains the extra strict terms of the policy on its website, writing that if you’re packing a “small item that is 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm) or less," you should be clear. Surely everyone will heed that fine-printed rule before rushing to the gate.
This policy will affect anyone who isn’t a frequent customer of the airline, but, if you’re already a “premier member, primary cardmember of a qualifying MileagePlus credit card, or a Star Alliance Gold member," you’ll be allowed an actual carry-on item, the airline states.