Ever paid an additional fee because you went over your luggage allowance? It's a great way to ruin a trip...
To prevent that, check the weight and dimension restrictions of your carry-on baggage before packing for your flight and avoid the unpleasant surprise of an additional charge when you reach the check-in desk at the airport.
We compiled the cabin allowances of the major international airlines for your convenience, including:
- How many bags you can travel with
- Maximum weight of your luggage
- Maximum dimensions
Baggage Allowance by Airline
|Air Europa||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55x35x25cm & 30x20x35cm||10kg|
|Aer Lingus||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55x40x24cm||10kg|
|Aeroflot||1 cabin bag||55x40x25cm||10kg (15kg for business class)|
|Air Asia||1 cabin bag + 1 small bag||56x36x23cm & 40x30x10cm||7kg combined weight|
|Air Canada||1 hand bag + 1 personal item||55x40x23cm & 33x43x16cm||10kg|
|Air France||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55x35x25cm and 40x30x15cm||12-18kg combined weight depending on ticket type|
|Alitalia||1 cabin bag||55x35x25cm||8kg|
|American Airlines||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||56x36x23cm & 45x35x20cm||No weight restrictions|
|ANA||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55x40x25cm||10kg|
|Austrian Airlines||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55x40x23cm & 40x30x10cm||8kg|
|British Airways||1 cabin bag + 1 laptop/handbag||56x45x25cm & 40x30x15cm||23kg combined weight|
|Brussels Airlines||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55x40x25cm & 40x30x10cm||12kg combined weight|
|Delta||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||56x35x23cm||No weight restrictions|
|easyJet||1 cabin bag||56x45x25cm||No weight restrictions|
|Emirates||1 cabin bag||55x38x20cm||7kg|
|Etihad Airways||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||50x40x25cm & 40x30x15||7kg & 5 kg|
|Finnair||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||56x45x25cm & 40x30x15||8kg combined weight|
|Flybe||1 cabin bag + 1 laptop/handbag||55x35x20cm||10kg combined weight|
|Iberia||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||56x45x25cm||7kg combined weight|
|Jet2||1 cabin bag + 1 laptop/handbag||56x45x25cm||10kg combined weight|
|KLM||1 cabin bag + 1 small bag||55x25x35cm||12kg|
|Lufthansa||1 cabin bag + 1 foldable garment||55x40x23cm & 57x54x15cm||8kg|
|LATAM||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55x35x25cm & 45x35x20cm||8kg|
|LOT Polish Airlines||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55x40x23cm & 40x35x12cm||8kg|
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55x40x23cm & 25x33x20cm||10kg combined weight|
|Qatar Airways||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||50x37x25cm||7kg|
|Ryanair||1 small bag||40x20x25cm||No weight restrictions|
|Scandinavian Airlines||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55x40x23cm & 40x30x15cm||8kg|
|Singapore Airlines||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||L+W+H less 115cm & 40x30x10cm||7kg|
|South African Airlines||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||56x35x23cm||8kg|
|Southwest Airlines||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||60x40x25cm & 47x34x22cm||No weight restrictions|
|Spirit Airlines||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||56x46x25cm & 45x35x20cm||No weight restrictions|
|TAP Portugal||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55x40x20cm & 40x30x15cm||8kg & 2kg|
|Tarom||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55x40x20cm||10kg combined weight|
|Thomas Cook Airlines||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55x40x20cm||8kg|
|TUI Airways||1 cabin bag||55x40x20 cm||5-7kg depending on destination|
|Turkish Airlines||1 cabin bag||55x40x23cm||8kg|
|Ukraine International Airlines||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55x40x20cm & 40x30x10cm||7kg & 5kg|
|United Airlines||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||56x35x22cm & 43x25x22cm||No weight restrictions|
|Virgin Atlantic||1 cabin bag||56x36x23cm||10kg|
|Volotea||1 cabin bag + 1 handbag||55x40x20cm & 35x20x20cm||10kg|
|Vueling||1 cabin bag + 1 small bag||55x40x20cm & 35x20x20cm||10kg combined weight|
|Wizz Air||1 cabin bag||40x30x20cm||10kg|
Note: Above is the baggage allowance for the economy class of each airline. Business class passengers generally benefit from less restrictive rules.
What is the difference between cabin bag, handbag, small bag, and personal item?
Your cabin bag is the piece of luggage that you are supposed to store in the overhead compartment in the cabin. The handbag, small bag, and personal item, are the other piece of luggage that you're allowed to bring in the cabin. Since overhead lockers fill up quickly, you are supposed to only place your cabin bag there, while the other piece of luggage must be kept below the seat in front of you.
Sometimes, especially when flying with a low-cost airline, there isn't enough space in the overhead lockers for all cabin bags. Some of them will therefore be stored in the aircraft hold instead. If this happens, you might want to make sure that you keep your important items, such as electronic devices and credit cards, with you in the cabin.
If you're travelling with a baby, check your airline's policy regarding baby equipment. With most airlines, diapers (transported in a diaper bag), stroller, child safety seats, baby food, and cooler bags with breast milk do NOT count as your personal item or carry-on. The same goes for medical devices, as well as mobility devices.
Note that some airlines consider garment bags as your personal item. Check the maximum dimensions and weight authorized by the airline.
What can I pack in my carry-on baggage?
Airlines allow you to bring electronic devices, including mobile phones and laptop. Note that if you have a laptop bag in addition to your cabin bag, it will be regarded as a personal item: make sure that the airline lets you bring it at no extra cost by referring to the table above.
Airlines allow you to bring liquids in containers of up to 100ml, as long as they are transported into a plastic bag or transparent container. In most cases, you are limited to a total of 1 litre per passenger.
What happens in case of excess baggage?
If you're trying to board the plane with luggage exceeding your baggage allowance, you can expect to pay an additional baggage fee. The same applies if your baggage exceeds the dimension or weight limits.
You may have to register some luggage as checked bags instead of cabin baggage if you brought more than what your ticket allowed. If you had already registered a checked bag, you may have to pay an additional fee, so make sure
Can I bring a musical instrument on the plane?
The rules regarding the transportation of musical instruments on the plane vary from one airline to another, so you should check your airline's policy to make sure that you can bring your instrument on board.
However, as a rule of thumb, airlines will allow you to bring a small musical instrument as a personal item as long as there is room for it in the overhead bin. Some airlines will consider it as your hand luggage instead. Larger, bulkier musical instruments may be accepted as checked items, assuming that they fall within the maximum sizes allowed by the airline.
What are some restricted items on a plane?
The specifics may change for some airlines, but TSA forbids passengers to bring the following items in their hand luggage, as they are considered dangerous goods:
- Guns and other firearms
- Items with a sharp or pointed blade
- Explosive and flammable substances
- Chemical and toxic substances
- Liquids of more than 100ml
As a general rule, it's safer to pack your liquids, gels, and aerosols in your checked bag whenever possible. If you're travelling without one, make sure to read the airline's baggage rules regarding those items if you don't want them to be taken from you during the security screening.
Some items, such as batteries or electronic cigarettes, can be packed in the carry-on baggage, but their use during the flight is prohibited.
What about my hand baggage allowance when I have a connecting flight?
When your journey includes international flights with different airlines, make sure to check the baggage allowance of each airline before leaving, as their policy may differ. For instance, the first airline may authorize 1 handbag and 1 personal item, while the second one only allows a handbag. You may then have to pay a baggage fee for the extra baggage.
The same applies if the total weight of your luggage exceeds the limit for one airline (e.g. the first airline had a 22kg limit, but the second one allows only up to 20kg). In this case, you want to pack no more than 20kg of luggage.