Cabin luggage: Guide to hand baggage sizes and weight restrictions
According to our recent survey*, 82% of UK air passengers want all airlines to have the same cabin bag allowance. But the size and weight restrictions on hand luggage often varies between airlines, despite attempts to standardise cabin bag requirements by the International Air Transportation Association (IATA). That's not to mention the question of whether your handbag or laptop case counts as extra! So, how big is too big?
Compare cabin baggage restrictions with our table below, and save yourself a whole lot of baggage stress when boarding!
|Airline||Allowance||Max. Dimensions||Max. Weight|
|Aer Lingus||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||Overall dimension 115cm||10kg|
|Aeroflot||1 cabin bag||55cm x 40cm x 24cm||10kg|
|Air Asia||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||cabin bag: 56cm x 36cm x 23cm personal item: 40cm x 30cm x 10cm||7kg|
|Air France||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||cabin bag: 55cm x 35cm x 25cm personal item: 40cm x 35cm x 15cm||12kg|
|British Airways||1 cabin bag + 1 handbag/laptop bag||cabin bag: 56cm x 45cm x 25cm handbag/laptop bag: 45cm x 36cm x 20cm||23kg per bag|
|Delta||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||56cm x 35cm x 23cm||No weight restriction *|
|easyJet||1 cabin bag||56cm x 45cm x 25cm inc. handles/wheels||No weight restriction|
|Emirates||1 cabin bag||55cm x 38cm x 20cm||7kg|
|Etihad Airways||1 cabin bag||40cm x 50cm x 25cm||7kg|
|Flybe||1 cabin bag + 1 small personal item||55cm x 35cm x 20cm||10kg|
|Jet2||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||56cm x 45cm x 25cm||10kg|
|KLM||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||cabin bag:55cm x 35cm x 25cm personal item: 40cm x 30cm x 15cm||12kg|
|Lufthansa||1 cabin bag||55cm x 40cm x 23cm||8kg|
|Monarch||1 cabin bag or 2 separate pieces of hand luggage||56cm x 40cm x 25cm||10kg|
|Norwegian||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55cm x 40cm x 23cm||10kg|
|Qatar Airways||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||50cm x 37cm x 25cm||7kg|
|Ryanair||1 cabin bag + 1 small bag||cabin bag: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm small bag: 35cm x 20cm x 20cm||10kg|
|Thomas Cook Airlines||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55cm x 40cm x 20cm||6kg|
|Thomson Airways||1 cabin bag||55 x 40 x 20cm||5kg|
|Turkish Airlines||1 cabin bag||55cm x 40cm x 23cm||8kg|
|Virgin Atlantic||1 cabin bag||56cm x 36cm x 23cm||10kg|
|Vueling Airlines||1 cabin bag + 1 smaller bag||cabin bag: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm smaller bag: 35cm x 20cm x 20cm||10kg|
|Wizz Air||1 cabin bag||42cm x 32cm x 25cm||10kg|
|* Except for the following airports: Singapore (7kg), South Korea (10kg), Beijing (10kg) and Shanghai (10kg)|
|Personal items include handbag, briefcase, laptop computer, camera bag, crutches, umbrella, etc|
|Table correct as of 22 June 2017|
Hand luggage restrictions on electronic devices have changed following the UK Government's recent ban on laptops and tablets in cabins, on direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Full details here.
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*Skyscanner looked at the size and weight restrictions per cabin bag. Some of these airlines may allow an additional personal item (laptop, briefcase or handbag). British Airways allows two cabin bags to the weight of 46kg, and certain Air Berlin customers are also permitted two items of hand luggage. easyJet allows a slightly larger bag, but advises such bags may be placed in the hold. Always check with the airline you're flying with before travelling.