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

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

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  1. Marnie Craycroft

    June 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    The best stroller I’ve had for my kids and travel is a $16 dollar umbrella stroller. It is tough to travel with anything bigger!!

  2. c y

    June 1, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    My son just flew on AA and had to pay for his one bag he checked-$25. He said he won’t fly with them anymore.
    Do they charge you for this, then? How awful for parents with little ones.
    I remember when we flew with AA before-not fun. They were so stingy with the drinking water. Yikes! I am staying away.

  3. seander

    August 2, 2011 at 11:28 am

    This policy is so crazy! I just discovered it yesterday when we were checking in our luggage at the Minneapolis airport. It doesn’t save AA any time or money and seriously inconveniences its passengers. Umbrella strollers don’t cut it when you’ve got more than one child and enough carry-ons to keep everyone entertained on the flight, and you can only put so much in a backpack. You need the area under the stroller for the bags. This is just stupid, stupid, stupid, and I’m outraged! Plus, if you check a stroller at the ticket agent, it’s at a far greater risk of being damaged. When you’re going for a long vacation, that’s not a risk you can take! You need your stroller in the airport, and you need it intact when you arrive. And what if they lose it, or it doesn’t make your connection? Also, without a stroller, we wouldn’t make our connections. I’m so frustrated with this policy.

    You can contact Tim Smith at AA here:
    mediarelations@ aa.com


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