Every airline has their own restrictions to it: rules for hand luggage. How heavy can your hand luggage be? And how big? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here’s an overview of the rules for your hand luggage for the best-known airlines!

If you’re traveling with just hand luggage, you can save a lot on your airline ticket. Especially with budget airlines, you can go to very surprising places with only hand luggage without instantly finishing your budget! However, there are strict rules for hand luggage, like the size and weight of it. Does your hand luggage appear to be too large or too heavy when you check in? Then it counts as hold baggage and you’ll have to pay an additional fee for the checked luggage … So long, benefits of your budget flight!

Rules for hand luggage

In the table below I have listed all the best-known airlines and their requirements regarding the weight and dimensions of your hand luggage. Click on the name of the airline to go directly to their website. Here you will find even more specific information.

The schedule is based on economy class. The rules for your hand luggage may differ, depending on your destination. In addition to your hand luggage, you can often take a piece of personal luggage with you, such as a small handbag, laptop or a photo bag. Some airlines have rules for the personal luggage as well. Make sure you check them in advance to avoid unpleasant surprises at the airport.

 

 Airline Max. sizes hand luggage (cm)Max. weight hand luggage (kg)
 Air Arabia55 x 40 x 2010 kg
 Air Canada

55 x 40 x 23

Personal luggage: 43 x 33 x 16

 Does not apply
 Air France

55 x 35 x 25

Personal luggage: 40 x 30 x 15

12 kg
 Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus: 55 x 40 x 24

Aer Lingus Regional: 48 x 33 x 20

Aer Lingus: 10 kg

Aer Lingus Regional: 7 kg

 Alitalia55 x 35 x 258 kg
 American Airlines56 x 36 x 23Does not apply
 British Airways

To/from Brazilië

56 x 45 x 25

Personal luggage: 45 x 36 x 20

Other flights

56 x 45 x 25

Personal luggage: 40 x 30 x 15

23 kg
 Brussels Airlines

55 x 40 x 23

Personal luggage: 40 x 30 x 10

12 kg (incl. personal luggage)
 Cathay Pacific

56 x 36 x 23

Personal luggage: 15 x 30 x 40

7 kg
 China Eastern Airlines

Domestic flights

55 x 40 x 20

Other flights

56 x 45 x 25 (total max. 115 cm)

10 kg
 China Southern AirlinesTotal max. 115 cm5 kg
 Delta Airlines56 x 35 x 23Does not apply
 Easyjet

56 x 45 x 25

Personal luggage: 45 x 36 x 20

Does not apply
 Emirates55 x 38 x 207 kg
 Etihad Airways

50 x 40 x 25

Personal luggage: 40 x 30 x 15

7 kg

Personal luggage: 5 kg

 Garuda Indonesia56 x 36 x 237 kg
 Iberia

56 x 45 x 25

Personal luggage: 40 x 30 x 15

Does not apply
 Japan Airlines55 x 40 x 2510 kg
 KLM

55 x 35 x 25

Personal luggage: 40 x 30 x 15

12 kg
 Lufthansa

55 x 40 x 23

Foldable bag: 57 x 54 x 15

8 kg
 Malaysia Airlines56 x 36 x 237 kg
 Qantas56 x 36 x 237 kg
 Royal Air MarocTotal max. 115 cm10 kg
 Ryanair

40 x 20 x 25

Does not apply
 SAS

55 x 40 x 23

Personal luggage: 40 x 30 x 15

8 kg
 Singapore AirlinesTotal max. 115 cm7 kg
 Southwest Airlines

60 x 40 x 25

Personal luggage: 47 x 34 x 21

Does not apply
 Swiss International Air Lines55 x 40 x 238 kg
 TAP Portugal

55 x 40 x 20

Personal luggage: 40 x 30 x 15

8 kg

Personal luggage: 2 kg

 Transavia*

45 x 40 x 25

55 x 40 x 25

10 kg
 TUI Fly55 x 40 x 2510 kg
 Turkish Airlines55 x 40 x 238 kg
 United Airlines

56 x 35 x 22

Personal luggage: 43 x 25 x 22

Does not apply
 Virgin Atlantic56 x 36 x 2310 kg 
 Vueling

55 x 40 x 20

Personal luggage: 35 x 20 x 20

10 kg
 Wizz Air40 x 30 x 2010 kg

 

* Transavia has two different sizes for permitted hand luggage: 45 x 40 x 25 cm and 55 x 40 x 25 cm. At the airport, your hand luggage will be labeled, red or green. Hand luggage with the first size will get a green label and you can take it as hand luggage, no matter what. This piece of luggage also fits under the seats. Hand luggage with the second size will receive a red label and will fit in the compartments above your seat. If these are full, the other pieces of luggage with a red label can still be put in the hold. You don’t have to pay anything extra for this.

Have you found the right weight and dimensions for your hand luggage? Time to pack!

 

 

 

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Juul

When he was younger, he always went camping with his parents. Hiking was something his parents told him to do, but now it’s something he loves. He even went to school for it and became a certified outdoor instructor. Worked in Slovenia for seven summers and got his needed dose of adrenaline there. When he met Britte, he was also introduced to her camera. He has since left mountaineering as a profession and is well on his way to becoming a photographer!

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