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Carry-On Luggage Limits

 

 

Those traveling on planes, trains and other types of mass transit should take into account the limitations on luggage that may be applicable to them.  This will limit what you can get away with as a carry on and what you can get away with stowing.

 

In the US, the FAA and TSA have some basic guidelines for what is allowed to be carried on and checked at airports.  From these guidelines, each airline sets and enforces it's own standards within the confines of these federal regulations.  These limits differ greatly among the various airlines.

 

Many airlines allow for a maximum of 45 inches (114cm) of the length, width and height of a carry-on bag added together.  This can be checked by making sure that a bag can fit into a box measuring 22" x 14" x 9" (55.5 x 35.5 x 22.5cm).  Most do not enforce weight limits, but some do.

 

In general, you are allowed to have one carry-on luggage, one personal item and a coat and hat.  Since additional items can be carried on with your carryon, you may be able to remove these from your pack and stuff a little more into your bag.

 

Personal items often include:

 

US Domestic Airline Carry-On Luggage Policies

Airline

Allowance

Max Weight

Max Size

AirTran

1 plus 1 personal item

-

55" (139.5cm)

Alaska and Horizon

1 plus 1 personal item

-

10"H x 17"W x 24"L (25 x 43 x 60.5cm)

Aloha

1 plus 1 personal item

(Often none on interisland flights)

20lbs (9kg)

44" = 8" x 14" x 22" (111.5cm=20 x 35.5 x 55.5cm)

America West

1 plus 1 personal item

-

45" (144cm)

American

1 plus 1 personal item

40lbs (18kg)

45" (144cm)

ATA

1 plus 1 personal item

-

9" x 15" x 25" (22 x 38 x 63.5cm)

On L1011 - 9" x 13.5" x 19" (22 x 34 x 48cm)

Continental

1 plus 1 personal item

40lbs (18kg)

51" (129.5cm)

Delta

1 plus 1 personal item

40lbs (18kg)

Fit in 'Size Wise' - 22" x 14" x 9" (55.5 x 35.5 x 22cm)

Frontier

1 plus 1 personal item

35lbs (15.5kg)

49" (124cm)

Hawaiian

1 plus 1 personal item

25lbs (11kg)

45" or 22" x 14" x 9" (144cm or 55.5 x 35.5 x 22cm)

JetBlue

1 plus 1 personal item

-

-

Northwest

1 plus 1 personal item

40lbs (18kg)

22" x 14" x 9" (55.5 x 35.5 x 22cm)

Southwest

1 plus 1 personal item

-

24" x 16" x 10" (60 x 40.5 x 25cm)

Spirit

1 piece, no personal items

40lbs (18kg)

22" x 13" x 10" (55.5 x 33 x 22cm)

United

1 plus 1 personal item

-

22" x 14" x 9" (55.5 x 35.5 x 22cm)

US Airways

1 plus 1 personal item

All carried items combined - 40lbs (18kg)

overhead - 24" x 16" x 10" (60 x 40.5 x 25cm)
underseat - 21" x 16" x 8" (55 x 40.5 x 20cm)

 

 

International Carry-On Policies

Airline

Allowance

Max wt per piece

Max size per piece

Aer Lingus

1 plus small personal items

6kg/14lbs

9" x 14" x 18" (22 x 35.5 x 45.5cm)

Aeroflot

1 plus small personal items

10kg/22lbs

115cm/45"

Air Canada

2 pieces plus some personal items

10kg/22lbs each

first piece 55cm x 40cm x 23cm (22" x 16" x 9")
second piece 43cm x 33cm x 16cm (17" x 13" x 6")

Air France

1 plus 1 accessory

12kg/26.4lbs for both

115cm/45"

Air New Zealand

1 plus personal items

7kg/15.4lbs

115cm/45"

Alitalia

1 plus personal items

5kg/11lbs

55cm x 35cm x 25cm (22" x 14" x 10")

All Nippon Airways

1 plus personal items

10kg/22lbs

115cm/45"

Asiana      

Austrian Airlines

1

8kg/18lbs

115cm/45"

BMI British Midland

1 plus personal items

10kg/22lbs on transatlantic

7kg/15lbs for UK/Eur flights

115cm/45"

British Airways

1

6kg/13lbs

55cm x 40cm x 20cm (22" x 16" x 8")

Cathay Pacific

1 plus personal items

J/P pax can also bring 1 garment or soft bag

7/10/15kg (15/22/33lbs) for coach/bus/first

115cm/45"

easyJet

1

no weight limit as long as you can lift the bag yourself!

115cm/45"

El Al

1 plus 1 personal item

8kg/17.6lb

115cm/45"

Emirates

1 for coach

2 for J/P pax

7kg/15lbs
12kg/26lbs total for J/P pax

115cm/45"

EVA Air

1

7kg/15lbs

115cm/45"

Finnair

1 plus personal items

2 for Business Class plus personal items

5kg/11lbs on leisure flights
8kg/18lb coach
10kg/22lb combined for Business Class

115cm/46"

Garuda

1 plus personal items

7kg/15lbs

50cm x 36cm x 15cm

Iberia

1 plus personal items

10kg/22lbs

115cm/45"

Icelandair

1 plus personal items

6kg/13lbs

115cm/45"

Japan Airlines

1 plus personal items

10kg/22lbs

115cm/45"

KLM

1 plus personal items

10kg/22lbs

55cm x 35cm x 25cm (115cm total/45")

Korean Air

1 plus 1 personal item

12kg/25lbs

55cm x 40cm x 20cm (21" x 16" x 8" in) = 115cm/45"

LanChile

1 piece

8kg/18lbs

55cm x 25cm x 35cm = 115cm

Lufthansa

1 plus personal items

8kg/18lbs

22" X 16" X 8"

Malaysia Airlines

1 piece

5kg/11lbs

115cm/45"

Olympic Airlines

1

unstated

56cm x 36cm x 23cm

Qantas

1 plus 1 personal item
2 pieces for J/P travel except to/from the US when only 1

7kg/15lbs

115cm/45"

Ryanair

1

10kg/22lbs

55cm x 45cm x 20cm

SAS

1

8kg/18lbs

115cm/45"

Singapore Airlines

1

7kg/15lbs

115cm/45"

South African Airways

1 plus personal items

7kg/15lbs

115cm/45"

Swiss

1 plus personal items

10kg/22lbs

115cm/45"

Thai Airways

not stated

7kg/15lbs total

115cm/45"

Varig Brazilian Airlines

1 plus 1 personal item

5kg/11lbs

115cm/45"

Virgin Atlantic

1

6kg/13lbs

115cm/45"

 

 


 

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