Carry-on luggage is one of the few free luxuries left to us as air travelers. Naturally, that doesn’t sit well with some people, so there are various limitations concerning it. So what are the carry-on limits of the major airlines anyway?
The Irish king of low-fare aviation is strict on the stuff you can take with you. Now you are allowed to bring one bag – 40cm x 20cm x 25cm – on the plane for free. However, if you choose to pay for priority boarding, you will be allowed to get an additional bag of up to 10 kg.
You can also pay to check-in a 10-kilo bag into the hold. At least you won’t have to lug them around yourself. If you have an infant (from 8 days to 23 months old) with you, they can stay on your lap. You are also allowed a baby bag of up to 5 kilos in addition to your carry on, so new parents can get creative.
EasyJet is not in the news and there’s nothing new or fancy about their carry-on allowances. For one, they have no weight limits – however, the dimensions must not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. This includes handles and wheels, so don’t take your Novelty Clown Travelling Trunk with you.
When flying with BA, you are entitled to carry a handbag (or a laptop bag) no bigger than 40cm x 30cm x 15cm and weighing no more than 23kg. You are also entitled to an additional cabin bag no bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm which also should be no heavier than 23kg. And if you’re traveling with babies under two years of age, you get to take a carry-on bag for them that is – again – not larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and doesn’t weigh more than 23kg.
Wizz Air, the purple Hungarian cloud giant, is also partial to limiting how much stuff you can take aboard for free. At the time of writing, the carry-on bag is limited to 10 kg in weight and the dimensions mustn’t exceed 40 x 30 x 20 cm.
Those graced by fortune to have great fortunes can buy Wizz Air Priority, which allows them to bring in an additional rollaboard suitcase/trolley bag no bigger than 55 x 40 x 23 cm.
Ukraine International Airlines
The Ukrainian carrier has imposed interesting limits on how big can your suitcase/satchel/bindle on a stick be for carry-on purposes. It can measure up 55 x 40 x 20 cm – yet the max weight is only 7 kg.
The same goes for the Premium Economy Class flyers. Business-class people can bring in two bags like that.
Flybe has a more interesting policy. For starters, you can have one carry-on bag no bigger than 55cm x 35cm x 20cm. You can also bring a smaller bag that will fit under the seat, as long as the combined weight of your bags is not over 10 kilograms.
Virgin Atlantic is crazy enough that, depending on your fare type, you might be allowed to take more than one bag of carry-on luggage. However, its size must not exceed 23cm x 36cm x 56cm. Yes, even First Class passengers have to comply with that! Nevertheless, Economy Class flyers have to make sure their cabin bag does not exceed 10 kg in weight while Upper-Class passengers can take two bags onboard – each weighing no more than 12 kg and the total weight of both should not exceed 16 kg.
Jet2 offers a no-frills, no-thrills carry on experience. You get one bag no bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and it must not weigh more than 10 kilos.
And we’re bag to the funfair with Emirates, for their baggage allowance depends on class (of travel), fare type and sometimes even membership tier. For Economy class passengers, a single piece of carrying on luggage measuring up to 55cm x 38cm x 20cm in size and 7kg in weight is allowed.
If you are an Economy Class flyer with Qatar Airways, you can carry a single piece of carrying on luggage that does not weigh more than 7 kilos – and no bigger than 50cm x 37cm x 25cm. Your laptop case must fit into your carry on limit.
Another airline that doles out carry-on allowances depending on your class, Qantas gives Economy passengers the permission to bring a single cabin bag that doesn’t exceed 115 cm when combined its length, height, and depth (for example, 48 cm + 34 cm + 23 cm makes the maximum size of the bag) and weigh no more than 7kg. When travelling on international flights, economy passengers can also carry a non-rigid garment bag, which, all measures combined, is no larger than 185 cm.