Links related to the Czech Republic
Hugo Falfar (just added 20 April 2006 to see when it shows up in Google) [in 2006 there was no such entry. In June 2015 Google finds eight results]
Calling from Czech Republic using AT&T: 00-42-000-101
Portal of useful information (news, weather, currency exchange). In Czech. Seznam.cz
Lufthansa (some United flights are run by them)
The following was written before summer 2005. In fall 2005 many airlines changed for the Y class (that is the lowest fare) the maximum limit for overseas (USA-Europe) from 70 pounds to 50 pounds although Czech Airlines still allowed 70 lbs in April 2006. What follows about the dimensions is still true, but the weights changed. Since an empty suitcase weighs at least 10 lbs, then the useful baggage one can have dropped from 60 to 40 pounds. By 33% if you do the math. It was fairly easy not to exceed the 70 pounds. With the regular stuff, that much would not fit in a reasonable suitcase and I would not comfortably lift 70 lbs. With the 50 pound limit, this is getting tricky. I have not figured out the cost of the extra weight; it may differ with airlines. It is still possibly more economical to pay for third, excess bag, than for one which is over the weight limit.
Allowed checked baggage (free) for oversea travel: One bag with linear dimensions (length+width+height) up to 62 inches, second up to 55 inches. (An inch is 2.54 cm) The weight for each bag cannot exceed 70 pounds. Excess luggage costs money! It is much cheaper to pay for a third bag, than to pay for a bag over 70 pounds!
Allowed carry-on: Usually only one bag, with linear dimension no more than 45 inches. United specifies this as 22x14x9. Other airlines may have different values and some restrict the length to 20 inches. Lufthansa specifies also maximum weight - 8 kg and the size is listed as 22x16x8. Note that the luggage should fit in the bins lengthwise. So anything over 22 inches, even the handle, will interfere. Look for a 21in long luggage to be safe. The same size should fit under the seat as well. Except on a recent flight (May 2003) on a Delta overseas flight I found out that under the window seats is mounted some electronics (probably the video on demand) and very little will fit there. The security screening of carry-on seems to be more strict outside the USA. In particular, they seem to go after pocket knives. It may be the best to put even the smallest pen knife into the checked luggage. Anyone desiring a weapon on a Lufthansa flight may want to wait until the meal comes. The coffee spoon has the thickness and heft of a tire iron. (Note that the observation about the Lufthansa spoon was written March 18, 1999. In fall 2001 the ways in which we think about aviation drastically changed.)
Besides the one carry-on it seems that a "personal item" is allowed as well. It seems that a modest briefcase does fit the bill. Air Canada spells it out as 6x13x17inches.
Knives: Presently, no knives are allowed. From historical perspective it is interesting to know that before nine-eleven the federal limit on the length of a knife which was allowed allowed on a plane in the US was four inches long blade. That was more than many local ordinances would permit to carry to the airport and thus the rule of thumb was "no longer than a credit card" or no longer than "the four fingers across a palm of one's hand." The credit card is actually 3-3/8 of an inch, although the state and municipal law often specifies only 3 inches. That is why, among other quality knives, you can buy Chris Reeve's Small Sebenza, a little gem with a blade only 2.94" long. The trouble with knives is, in addition of being a useful tool, it can also become a deadly weapon.
18 March 1999 P. Vanysek