American Airlines implements bag embargo during holiday season to select Latin American & Caribbean destinations


FORT WORTH, TX – In anticipation of increased holiday travel to and from certain cities in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, American Airlines and American Eagle are implementing their customary policy limiting the size and number of checked bags, as well as prohibiting checked boxes.

“American and American Eagle’s intent is to provide the best customer service possible and to consider the needs of all passengers,” said Peter Dolara, senior vice president – Miami, the Caribbean, and Latin America. “There are limits on the amount of baggage that can be carried in the cabin and cargo areas based on the size of the aircraft.”

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The limits will be in effect between November 29, 2008 and January 10, 2009. During this period, boxes will not be accepted, and baggage will be limited to two checked items and one carry-on. The baggage and box embargo applies to:

— Cali, Colombia — Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— Medellin, Colombia — Kingston, Jamaica
— Maracaibo, Venezuela — Port-au-Prince, Haiti
— La Paz, Bolivia — Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
— Santa Cruz, Bolivia — Santiago, Dominican Republic
— Quito, Ecuador — Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
— San Salvador, El Salvador — Guadalajara, Mexico
— San Pedro Sula, Honduras — Mexico City, Mexico

All American Eagle flights to and from San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the Caribbean are also included.

In addition, there is a year-round box embargo for passengers traveling from or through New York’s Kennedy Airport to all Caribbean and Latin American destinations.

Excess, oversize, and overweight baggage will not be accepted for flights to the destinations covered by the bag embargo. Passengers will be limited to a maximum of two checked bags, with each not exceeding 50 pounds and 62 linear inches (computed by adding the length, width and height of the bag). One carry-on bag will be allowed with a maximum weight of 40 pounds and a maximum size of 45 linear inches. In addition, one personal item such as a purse or briefcase is also allowed. Sports equipment, such as golf bags, bikes, and surfboards, may be checked as part of the total checked-bag allowance, although additional charges may apply.