Cabin Bag Sizes

Allowed On Board Carry On Baggage Allowed Cabin Bag sizes for Air Travel

Thought it might be worth collecting the allowed sizes for air travel cabin bags and cases.

Below there’s a listing for the most popular UK Domestic & Continental airlines and their current allowed cabin bag sizes for on board travel, carry on luggage and overhead locker storage.

These were correct at the time of writing but I’ve also included links to their pages, so please double check before you make a purchase to make sure the bags are going to fit.

AerLingus Air Berlin Air France Air India BMI
British Airways Brussels Airlines China Airlines Delta Easyjet
Emirates Flybe KLM Lufthansa
Malaysia Airlines Qantas Ryan Air Swiss Air Virgin Atlantic

AerLingus

Standard Allowance
One single piece of cabin baggage.All carry-on must be within the size dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 24cm (21.5″ x 15.5″ x 9.5″).Aer Lingus Regional (flight numbers 3000 to 4000 operated by Aer Arann) size limits are 48cm x 33cm x 20cm (18.5″ x 13″ x 7.5″).Etihad Codeshare flights size limits are 60cm x 35cm x 20cm (23.5″ x 13.5″ x 7.5″).Standard AllowanceYour carry-on must fit inside the gauge units at the airport (including wheels and handles).

Weight limit of 10kgs (7kgs for Aer Lingus Regional and Etihad Codeshare flights).

Business Class, Gold Circle cardholders and Flex Fare customers

Enhanced Allowance

Business Class, Gold Circle cardholders and Flex Fare customers are permitted one additional personal item e.g. slimline laptop bag.

This item should be stowed under the seat in front (at Row 1 / Exit seats it should be stowed overhead).

Air Berlin

A single item of hand baggage may not exceed 8kg (10kg with laptop) and dimensions may not exceed 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. According to the fare and service class booked, you can take the following cabin baggage allowances on board with you.

Passengers in airberlin’s business class may take a second item of cabin baggage weighing up to 8 kg on board (except on flights to / from the USA and Canada: one item of hand luggage).

Air France

Economy

Your baggage allowance in the Economy cabin
  • 1 standard baggage item that respects the following maximum dimensions:
    55 cm (l) x 35 cm (w) x 25 cm (h) – including pockets, wheels, and handles
  • Please note: (1 suit bag is considered a standard bag)
  • 1 accessory (handbag, notebook computer, camera, etc.)
  • Maximum total weight (standard baggage + accessory): 12 kg/26.5 lb

Premium Economy

Your baggage allowance in the Premium Economy cabin

  • 1 standard baggage item that respects the following maximum dimensions:
    55 cm (l) x 35 cm (w) x 25 cm (h) – including pockets, wheels, and handles
  • Please note: (1 suit bag is considered a standard bag)
  • 1 accessory (handbag, notebook computer, camera, etc.)
  • Maximum total weight (standard baggage + accessory): 12 kg/26.5 lb

Business

Your baggage allowance in the Business cabin

  • 2 standard baggage items that respect the following dimensions:
    55 cm (l) x 35 cm (w) x 25 cm (h) – including pockets, wheels, and handles
    Please note: (1 suit bag is considered a standard bag)
  • 1 accessory (handbag, notebook computer, camera, etc.)
  • Maximum total weight (standard baggage + small baggage + accessory): 18 kg

Air India

PLEASE ENSURE THE CARRY-ON BAGS IN THE CABIN DO NOT EXCEED THE DIMENSIONS OF 55 CMS X 40 CMS X 20 CMS AND A MAXIMUM WEIGHT OF 8 KGS.

BMI

Economy &  Economy Flexible

Each customer travelling on either an Economy or Economy Flexible ticket is entitled to bring one main piece of hand baggage onboard, plus one personal item (such as a small handbag, purse, small briefcase, laptop (in a thin satchel), baby-changing bag, etc.). Personal items are accepted at bmi regional’s discretion.

Hand baggage must have a maximum length of 55cm, width of 40cm and depth of 23cm. These dimensions include wheels, handles, side pockets, etc. You will not be allowed to pass through security with hand baggage, which exceeds the specified dimensions. Any customer attempting to do so, will be redirected to check-in and asked to check in their bag into the hold.

British Airways

Hand baggage allowance

  • You are allowed one piece of hand baggage plus a laptop or handbag.
  • A 23kg (51lbs) maximum bag weight applies and you must be able to lift the bag unaided into the overhead lockers in the aircraft cabin.
  • Please see below for sizes.
Hand baggage dimensions.Laptop bag dimensions.
  • Your main piece of hand baggage is up to the dimensions 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22in x 18in x 10in), including the handle, pockets and wheels.
  • Your bag must fit into the bag gauge, available at the check-in area.
  • Your laptop or handbag is up to the dimensions 45cm x 36cm x 20cm (18in x 14in x 8in), including the handle and pockets.
  • Your laptop or handbag must fit under the seat in front of you.

Your maximum number of hand baggage items

Number of hand baggage items

 Passenger  Type of baggage allowed  Weight
 Adults and children(aged 2 and over) One bag
and
One laptop-sized bag, handbag or briefcase
23kg (51lbs).
You must be able to lift the bag into the overhead locker unaided.
 Infants (under 2 years) One bag (for items your infant may require during the flight) You must be able to lift the bag into the overhead locker unaided.

China Airlines

Carry-on Baggage
Baggage that is suitable for carrying onboard is called Carry-on Baggage. Carry-on baggage includes “Cabin baggage”, “Personal items” , “Special items” and “Block seat cabin baggage”.
Cabin baggage
  • For all classes, each cabin bag may not exceed 56x36x23cm(22x14x9 in.) in size or 7kg in weight. The cabin baggage is permitted in the aircraft cabin only if it can be safely stowed under the seat or in the overhead bin.
  • For your convenience, a Baggage Test Unit is available at either the check-in counter or boarding lounge to help you determine whether your carry-on bag meets these requirements. For cabin safety reasons, if your cabin baggage is overweight or oversized, it will be checked and carried in the cargo hold, and excess baggage charges will be collected if the cabin baggage exceeds your free checked baggage allowance.
  • Each passenger has a free cabin baggage allowance based on travel class, as follows:
Ticket Class
Allowable piece(s)
Type of cabin baggage and size limits
Weight limit per piece
First
2pieces
  • First piece: Cabin baggage (not exceeding 56x36x23cm, 22x14x9 in.)
  • Second piece: One piece of cabin baggage (not exceeding 56x36x23cm, 22x14x9 in.) or one piece of garment baggage (thickness is limited to 20cm after folding)
7kg
Business
2pieces
  • First piece: Cabin baggage (not exceeding 56x36x23cm, 22x14x9 in.)
  • Second piece: Garment baggage (thickness is limited to 20cm after folding)
7kg
Economy
1piece
  • One piece of cabin baggage (not exceeding 56x36x23cm, 22x14x9 in.)
7kg

Delta

CARRY-ON SIZE RESTRICTIONS

It won’t fit. Three words you don’t want to hear when trying to board. To avoid delays and possible checked bag fees, follow these size requirements:

  • Baggage may not exceed 45 linear inches (or 114 cm) in combined length, width and height, including any handles and wheels
  • Baggage must fit easily in the Carry-on Baggage Check (approximately 22″ x 14″ x 9″ or 56 x 35 x  23 cm), which is located near the check-in counters

Easyjet

Cabin Bag – what goes in and what stays out?

You can take one piece of hand baggage into the cabin with you -no bigger than 56 x 45 x 25cm incl wheels- which must fit comfortably into the baggage gauge. Hand bags, briefcases, laptops and laptop bags are all counted as one piece so if you have a hand bag and a laptop bag for example, you might want to consider putting one inside the other.

Emirates

First Class and Business Class customers are permitted two pieces of carry-on baggage: one briefcase plus either one handbag or one garment bag. The briefcase may not exceed 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20cm); the handbag may not exceed 22 x 15 x 8 inches (55 x 38 x 20cm); the garment bag can be no more than 8 inches (20cm) thick when folded. The total combined weight of both pieces may not be more than 26lb (12kg).

Economy Class customers are permitted one piece of carry-on baggage that may not exceed 22 x 15 x 8 inches (55 x 38 x 20cm) and must weigh no more than 15lb (7kg).

Flybe

Small 15kg Bag

For those occasions when you wish to carry just the essentials, a Small bag allows you to carry one bag weighing up to 15 kilos

KLM

You may take the following as hand baggage:
Travel class Number & dimensions Weight restriction Permitted accessories
Economy Class 1 bag measuring 55 x 25 x 35 cm (21.5 x 10 x 13.5 inch) (l x w x h)* Your hand baggage, including accessories, may not exceed 12 kg (26 lbs). 1 of the following: handbag, briefcase, camera, small laptop, or 1 other item of similar or smaller size
Business Class 1 bag measuring 55 x 25 x 35 cm (21.5 x 10 x 13.5 inch) (l x w x h)* and one bag smaller than 45 x 20 x 35 cm (18 x 8 x 13.5 inch) (l x w x h)** Your hand baggage, including accessories, may not exceed 18 kg 40 lbs). 1 of the following: handbag, briefcase, camera, small laptop, or 1 other item of similar or smaller size
* The sum of the dimensions may not be greater than 115 cm (45 inches), including wheels and handles.
** Exception for World Business Class passengers: on flights from India you may only carry one item of hand baggage. You may check in a second hand bag free of charge.

Lufthansa

Number and weight of items of hand luggage

In First and Business Class you may take two pieces of hand luggage and their contents on board with you. Economy Class passengers are only permitted one piece of hand luggage. Please check for possible country-specific variations to this general rule.

A piece of hand luggage may not be larger than 55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm and may not weigh more than 8 kg. Foldable garment bags are an exception to this; they count as hand luggage up to a size of 57 cm x 54 cm x 15 cm.

Items of hand luggage which exceed these limits will be carried free of charge in the cargo hold within your permitted free baggage allowance, as storage space on board is limited.This is in the interests of your own and other passengers’ safety and comfort. Please ensure that you remove any medicines and any valuables such as your laptop, mobile phone, PDA, documents, identity papers, jewellery, etc, from your hand luggage if it has to be carried in the cargo hold.

Please note that certain items that you may take with you into the cabin in your hand luggage, cannot remain in your hand luggage if this is transported in the hold. This rule concerns the following items: fuel cell systems and spare fuel cartridges; portable oxygen concentrators; safety matches and lighters; spare lithium metal or spare lithium ion batteries

Malaysia Airlines

Hand baggage allocation

  • First Class/Business Class passengers – two pieces each
  • Economy Class passengers – one piece each
  • Each hand baggage must not weigh more than 7 kg

Passengers with infant are allowed to carry additional  5kg piece of  hand baggage.

Dimensions

Each piece must not exceed the following dimensions:

Dimension Length Height Width Total
All aircraft types (B737, B777, A330 and A380) 56 cm
(22 inches)
36 cm
(14 inches)
23 cm
(9 inches)
115 cm
(45 inches)
baggage_measurements

Hand baggage exceeding the dimension and weight or the number allowed, must be checked as check-in baggage.

 

Qantas

Carry-on Baggage Allowances

Current Qantas and QantasLink Carry-on Baggage allowances for adults and children (except infants) are as follows.(See the Musical Instruments information below).

  • US Flights only: there is no limit on the number of pieces of Mobility Equipment allowed to be carried for customers with a disability and it does not count toward the carry – on baggage allowance.
Route Piece Allowance & Dimensions* Weight Allowance
Australian Domestic (except Dash 8 services and to/from Olympic Dam)
All Classes:
  • 2 x 105cm (41in) bags or
  • 1 x 105cm (41in) bag plus 1 x 185cm (73in) non rigid garment bag or
  • 1 x 115cm (45in) bag
7kg (15lb) per piece
Dash 8 services
  • 1 x 105cm (41in) bag
7kg (15lb) total
Olympic Dam
  • 1 x 105cm (41in) bag
4kg (9lb) total
All International
First/Business/Premium Economy:
  • 2 x 115cm (45in) bags or
  • 1 x 115cm (45in) bag plus 1 x 185cm (73in) non rigid garment bag
Economy:
  • 1 x 115cm (45in) bag or
  • 1 x 185cm (73in) non rigid garment bag
7kg (15lb) per piece
Baggage Dimensions

Maximum dimensions of Carry-on Baggage

Total dimensions are measured by adding together the length, height and depth of the bag.

Length Height Depth Total linear dimensions
48cm (19in) + 34cm (13in) +23cm (9in) = 105cm
56cm (22in) + 36 cm (14in) + 23cm (9in) = 115cm (45in)
60cm (24in) + 114cm (45in) +11cm (4in) = 185cm (73in)
non-rigid garment bag
81 cm (31.9in) +30cm (11.8in) +19cm (7.5in) = 130cm (51in)
musical instrument

Ryan Air

CABIN BAGGAGE

Strictly one item of cabin baggage per passenger (excluding infants) weighing up to 10kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm is permitted. (handbag, briefcase, laptop, shop purchases, camera etc.) must be carried in your 1 permitted piece of cabin baggage.

Swiss Air

Hand baggage

More and more airports are enforcing their hand baggage rules. SWISS also endeavours to avoid problems due to excessive hand baggage. The objective is your personal safety and comfort on board.

Please note our rules on hand baggage and save yourselves the risk of having to repack your baggage at the check-in counter. Baggage that does not comply with the rules must be checked in. The rules depend on your booking class.

Swiss
First
Swiss Business Swiss Economy
Number of pieces 2 2 1
Dimensions per piece 55x40x23 cm 55x40x23 cm 55x40x23 cm
Weight per piece 8kg 8kg 8kg

We also accept as hand baggage a foldable garment baggage with maximum dimensions of 57 x 54 x 15 cm

Virgin Atlantic

Hand baggage

Virgin Atlantic’s hand baggage allowance is pleasingly straight forward.

Great news. From 31st March 2013, we’re increasing our hand baggage allowance in Economy, Premium Economy and Little Red flights from 6kg to 10kg, when flying to any Virgin Atlantic destination. Our Upper Class hand baggage allowance remains the same.

Please see out latest news for more information.

 

Little Red (UK domestic)

Number of items One
Maximum size 23 x 36 x 56 cm (that’s approx. 9 x 14 x 22 inches)
Maximum weight 10kg (22 lb)
Little Red (UK domestic)

Please note that a garment bag cannot be used as your hand baggage unless it fits the dimensions of the hand baggage allowance. If you’d like to bring one but it exceeds 23 x 36 x 56 cm, it will need to be as additional checked in baggage.

If you want to take your laptop onboard, you’ll need to place it in your original hand baggage or check your hand baggage in.

Please note passengers must be able to place their hand baggage in the overhead bins unaided.

Passengers connecting onto Virgin Atlantic and travelling in Upper Class are entitled to the Upper Class baggage allowance.

Economy

Number of items One
Maximum size 23 x 36 x 56 cm (that’s approx. 9 x 14 x 22 inches)
Maximum weight 10kg (22 lb)
Economy

Please note that a garment bag cannot be used as your hand baggage unless it fits the dimensions of the hand baggage allowance. If you’d like to bring one but it exceeds 23 x 36 x 56 cm, it will need to be as additional checked in baggage.

If you want to take your laptop onboard, you’ll need to place it in your original hand baggage or check your hand baggage in.

Please note passengers must be able to place their hand baggage in the overhead bins unaided.

Premium Economy

Number of items One
Maximum size 23 x 36 x 56 cm (that’s approx. 9 x 14 x 22 inches)
Maximum weight 10kg (22 lb)
Premium Economy

Please note that a garment bag cannot be used as your hand baggage unless it fits the dimensions of the hand baggage allowance. If you’d like to bring one but it exceeds 23 x 36 x 56 cm, it will need to be as additional checked in baggage.

If you want to take your laptop onboard, you’ll need to place it in your original hand baggage or check your hand baggage in.

Please note passengers must be able to place their hand baggage in the overhead bins unaided.

Upper Class

Number of items Two
Maximum size (each item) 23 x 36 x 56 cm (that’s approx 9 x 14 x 22 inches)
Maximum weight (combined) 16kg (35 lbs)
Maximum weight (individual item) 12 kg (26 lbs)
Upper Class

In Upper Class, your hand baggage can also include one garment bag, 20cm (8 inches) thick – again, this shouldn’t exceed 12kgs in weight. This will count towards your two bag limit.

Please note passengers must be able to place their hand baggage in the overhead bins unaided.

The Upper class hand baggage allowance also applies to children age 2+.

Children and infants

Number of items One
Maximum size 23 x 36 x 56 cm (that’s approx. 9 x 14 x 22 inches)
Maximum weight (infant aged 0-2) 6kg (13 lb)
Maximum weight (children aged 2+) 10kg (22lbs)
Children and infants

Passengers travelling with infants or children can bring a fully collapsible pushchair and car seat, in addition to their free check in luggage allowance.

Please note passengers must be able to place their hand baggage in the overhead bins unaided.

Children age 2+ travelling in the Upper Class cabin are entitled to Upper Class baggage allowance.