When traveling by air, it is understood that the luggage you are bringing conforms with airline’s specifications and limits. Failure to do so will, at least, delay the check in process, become more costly for the traveler or in rare cases, deny the passenger to board the scheduled flight.
Passengers have different reasons on flying, and this can be evident in the amount of luggage they bring. Those migrating to their destinations have considerably more bags than business travelers or holidaymakers. But regardless of purpose of travel, it is important to note the following tips:
- Baggage cannot be checked prior to the day of departure.
- Only use a lock that is identified as a “TSA-recognized” for safety purposes.
- Your name and address must be on the outside of your baggage. Put your name and address on the inside of your baggage too.
- Claim your baggage immediately upon arrival.
- If you are deviating from your ticketed itinerary, please advise the airport agent before checking your luggage.
- Verify that the number of claim checks you are given corresponds to the number of bags you checked.
- Remove straps, hangers and protruding objects to avoid damage to your bag.
- Don’t over pack. Doing so subjects bags to overcapacity beyond its weight and volume limit and damage may occur during loading, unloading or transit.
- Do not pack fragile items inside your checked luggage.
- With aim to recognize your luggage easily at the airport of arrival you can mark it with additional signs (bright sticker, ribbon, belt etc.).
- Di not pack your passport, visas and other travel documents in checked luggage. These belong in your hand luggage for easy access.
- Never put cash, credit or debit cards in your checked luggage.
- Label your bags with your name and destination address and your email and/or mobile phone number. It’s a good idea to put a label inside your bag as well as outside.
- Avoid using your home address on baggage labels.
- Please keep all your luggage tags received on check-in until you collect your baggage at the airport of arrival.
- Remove all old tags and labels from previous flights.
|Airline||Carry-on baggage limits||Hold baggage limits|
|Aer Lingus||56x45x25cm, 6kg||2 bags max 36kg total transatlantic, zero free allowance within Europe|
|Air Canada||55x40x23cm (9×15.5×21.5in), 10kg (22lb), plus personal item that goes to an maximum size of 16x33x43cm (6x13x17in)||1x23kg transatlantic, others vary depending on route.|
|Air France||55x35x25cm, 12kg, plus 1 handbag/laptop||20kg but varies on some routes|
|Air New Zealand||115cm total, 7kg + thin laptop pouch||1x23kg or 2x23kg according to route|
|Alaska Airlines||61x43x25cm, 5kg||22.6kg -Baggage fees apply|
|Alitalia||55x35x25cm, 5kg||20kg or 2x23kg according to route|
|American Airlines||56x36x23cm (22x14x9in) plus an Personal Item|
|Aurigny Air Services||43x30x18cm, 10kg (6kg some routes)||20kg|
|BMI||55x40x23cm plus a ‘personal item'(handbag, laptop, etc)||20kg total|
|BMI baby||55x40x20cm, 10kg||0|
|British Airways||56x45x25cm||90x75x43cm, 23kg x 1 UK domestic/short-haul, 23kg x 2 long-haul|
|Delta Air Lines||115cm total (56x36x23cm) plus one personal item||22.6kg – baggage fees apply|
|Easyjet||56x45x25cm||20kg total for up to 8 bags|
|Emirates||55x38x20cm, 7kg||30kg in Economy, but check with codeshares|
|Finnair||56x45x25cm, 8kg||20kg, or 2x32kg to USA & Canada|
|Garuda Indonesia||56x36x23cm, 7kg plus laptop or beauty case||domestic: 20kg for economy / 30kg for business. international: 30kg for both economy and business. Weight limit is regardless of luggage #.|
|Iberia||55x40x20cm, 10kg||23kg, or 2x23kg for Americas, Africa & Middle EastFor European flight, overweight charge is €15 per bag, regardless of extra weight. Items over 32kg are not accepted at all.|
|Icelandair||no limits listed||20kg|
|Iceland Express||55x35x25cm plus a laptop and duty free carrier bag, 10kg||20kg|
|KLM||55x35x25cm, 12kg||20kg or 2x32kg on some routes|
|Lufthansa||55x40x20cm or foldable garment bag, 8kg||20kg (more on long haul)|
|Qantas||115cm (56x36x23cm), 7kg + laptop||30kg with exceptions between Singapore-Narita, Singapore-Haneda and Singapore-Helsinki|
|Qatar||50x37x25, 7kg||30kg or 2x23kg transatlantic|
|SAS Scandinavian Airlines||55x40x23cm, 8kg||23kg (30 kg on business+long haul)|
|Singapore Airlines||dimensions vary, 7kg||30kg or 2x23kg according to route|
|South African Airways||115cm total, 8kg||20kg|
|TAM Airlines||115cm total, 5kg||2 items, each max 32kg and 158cm max dimensions(International flight)|
|Thomas Cook Airlines||55x40x20cm, 10kg|
|Thomson Airways||55x40x20cm, 10kg||0|
|United Airlines||56x35x23cm (22x14x9in) Plus an Personal bag||22.6kg -Baggage fees apply|
|Virgin Atlantic Airways||56x36x23cm, 6kg||2 items, each max 23kg and 158cm max dimensions|
|IATA limit||56x45x18cm||158cm max total dimensions, 32kg per item|