New Family Travel Rule: All Strollers Over 20 Lbs Must Be Checked With American Airlines

American Airlines issued a new rule starting today that may have some traveling families up in arms. Effective June 1, 2011 all large strollers must be checked as baggage. In other words – no more gate-checking, unless you have a lightweight.

This is going to be mighty inconvenient for those passengers who have small children. I know from experience a stroller is nothing short of a lifesaver during our travels – especially at the airport!

Starting today, “all strollers that are large, non-collapsible or over 20 lbs.” must be checked at the ticket counter. If you have a lightweight, collapsible “umbrella” stroller, you can gate-check it or take it on board as long as it fits in the overhead bins; they are exempt from carry-on allowance. If you have a collapsible full-size stroller under 20 pounds, you can also gate-check but it cannot be taken onto the aircraft. Fair enough.

Larger strollers that are non-collapsible or over 20 pounds must be checked at the counter, before going through security. In regards to extra fees, all checked strollers are completely exempt from baggage charges.

What do you think of these new rules? Fair or just another hassle?

Source: American Airlines