Here's all the info you need on cabin luggage sizes and weight allowances on major European airlines for short-haul flights to Europe with major airlines including BA, Ryanair, easyJet and Lufthansa.

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!

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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

UPDATE:

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.

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