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Airline Carry-on Size Restrictions

Airline carry on size restrictions differ according to various rules and regulations of different airlines as well as countries. If you are wondering what are the airline carry on luggage size restrictions that you need to know about, then refer to the following article...
Vacayholics Staff
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.