Airline Carry-on Size Restrictions

An airline carry-on bag is a part of your luggage that a traveler can carry along on the plane. A traveler can carry one carry-on bag and one personal item at no extra costs. But there are some airline restrictions that one needs to be aware of and follow diligently.

Every airline tends to have some restrictions related to the number of carry-on bags, the size and weight that you can carry along during your air travel. Airlines also have regulations related to one 'personal item' that you can carry along. There is a list of things that are counted as personal items provided by various airlines. Some of these personal items include the following:

Briefcase Camera Handbag/Purse Laptop (in carry bag) Other items that do not exceed 36" in total dimension Reading material Small book-bag style backpack Umbrella Zip top bag that follows airline carry on liquid rules like baby formula, milk (including breast milk), juice, medications, liquids or medications for medical ailments like diabetes. Personal aid devices like braces, canes, crutches, prosthetic devices, wheelchairs, walking sticks, only if the passenger is dependent on them CPAP breathing machine that needs to be removed from carrying case and submitted separately for X-ray Full size game consoles, DVD players and video cameras that need to be removed from carrying case and submitted separately for X-ray screening One infant item that includes diaper bag, government approved child seat, a small collapsible stroller The carry-on luggage size should be small enough to be stored under the seat or in the overhead compartment.

Airline Luggage Size Restrictions

Name of Airline Baggage Allowance Baggage Dimensions Baggage Weight Aer Lingus 1 bag plus a small additional item 21.5"x15.5"x9.5" 10 kg/22 lbs Air Canada 1 bag plus 1 personal item 23cm x 40cm x 55cm 10 kg/22 lbs Air France 1 bag plus 1 personal item 21" x 13" x 9" 12 kg/26.4 lbs in total Air New Zealand 1 bag plus personal items length+width+height of 118cm/46.5" 7 kg/15.4 lbs Air Tran 1 bag plus personal items 24" x 16" x 10" Not specified Alaskan Airlines/Horizon 1 bag plus personal items 24" x 17" x 10" Alitalia 1 bag plus personal items 55cm x 35cm x 25cm 8 kg/17.6 lbs American Airlines 1 bag 22" x 14" x 9" 18kg/40lbs Austrian Airways 1 bag 55cm x 40cm x 23cm 8 kg/17.6 lbs BMI 1 bag plus personal items 115cm/45" 10 kg/22 lbs British Airways 1 bag 115cm/45" 6 kg/13.2 lbs Cathay Pacific 1 bag plus personal items 115cm/45" 7 kg/15.4 lbs Delta 1 bag 115cm/45" 18 kg/40 lbs Emirates 1 bag 58cmx38cmx20cm 7 kg/15.4 lbs Finnair 1 bag plus personal items 115cm/45" 8 kg/18 lbs Garuda 1 bag plus personal items 50cmx36cmx15cm 7 kg/15.6 lbs Japan Airlines 1 bag plus personal items 115cm/45" 10 kg/22 lbs KLM 1 bag plus personal items 115cm/45" 10 kg/22 lbs Korean Air 1 plus 1 personal item 50cmx40cmx20cm 12 kg/26.4 lbs Lufthansa 1 bag plus personal items 20"x16"x8" 8 kg/18 lbs Malaysia Airlines 1 bag 115cm/45" 5 kg/11 lbs Qantas 1 bag plus personal items 115cm/45" 7 kg/15.6 lbs SAS 1 bag 115cm/45" 8 kg/18 lbs Singapore Airlines 1 bag 115cm/45" 7 kg/15.6 lbs South African Airways 1 bag 115cm/45" 7 kg/15.6 lbs Swiss Air 1 bag 55 x 40 x 23cm 8 kg/18 lbs Thai Airways 1 bag 22" x 18" x 10" 7 kg/15.6 lbs Virgin Atlantic 1 bag 22" x 14" x 9" 10 kg/22 lbs

These were some of the carry-on size restrictions in case of domestic as well as international flights. Also, these restrictions differ for first-class travelers from the business class and coach travelers. A simple air travel tip is to speak to an authority beforehand at the airport regarding the airline specification to avoid embarrassments later.

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