Summer is fast approaching, so American Airlines and American Eagle, its regional affiliate, are reminding customers about the box and bag embargo on flights to certain destinations from June 6 through August 25, 2009.

Peter Dolara, American’s senior vice president – Mexico, Caribbean, and Latin America, said, “There are limitations on the amount of baggage that can be carried, both in the cabin and cargo areas, based on the size of aircraft.”

Due to heavy summer loads and high volumes of checked baggage, customers traveling on American or American Eagle to certain destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America will not be able to check extra bags or boxes during the embargo period.

The baggage embargo applies to San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa and San Salvador in Central America; Maracaibo, Cali, Medellin, La Paz, Santa Cruz, and Quito in South America; Santo Domingo, Santiago, Port-au-Prince, Grenada, and Kingston in the Caribbean; Nassau, George-Town, Exuma, Marsh Harbour, and Freeport in the Bahamas; as well as Guadalajara, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Chihuahua, and Leon in Mexico. All American Eagle flights to and from San Juan are also included.

A year-round box embargo is in effect for flights originating from and passing through New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to all Caribbean and Latin America destinations. A year-round bag and box embargo is also in effect for flights to La Paz and Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Oversize, overweight, and excess baggage will not be accepted for flights to the destinations covered by the bag and box embargo. Bags weighing between 51-70 pounds are subject to a US$50 fee for each. One carry-on bag will be allowed with a maximum size of 45 linear inches and a maximum weight of 40 pounds. Sports equipment, such as golf bags, bikes, surfboards, and other items can be accepted as part of the total checked bag allowance, although additional charges may apply. Walkers, wheelchairs, and any other assistive devices are welcomed for customers with disabilities.