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. For example, Ryanair is rolling out new regulations for their cabin luggage this November. So what are the carry-on limits in major airlines anyway
The Irish king of low-fare aviation is getting stricter on the stuff you can take with you. From 1 November 2018, you will only be allowed to bring one bag – 40cm x 20cm x 25cm – on the plane for free. This is a reduction of almost two thirds! 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.
On the other hand, finding out your carry on allowance with British Airways is an adventure. For one, the allowance depends on your destination! However, on average you have a handbag (or a laptop bag) no bigger than 40cm x 30cm x 15cm and weighing no more than. You are also entitled to an additional cabin bag no bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and no heavier than 23kg. And if you’re travelling 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 is 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/trolleybag 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 max weight is only 7 kg.
Same goes for the Premium Economy Class flyers. Business class people can bring in two bags like that.
Thomas Cook Airlines
Thomas Cook Airlines tells UIA to hold its beer and declares that passengers can take a single carry-on bag no larger than 55cm x 40cm x 20cm and no heavier than 6kg.
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!
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 weight more than 10 kilos.
And we’re bag to the fun fair with Emirates, for their baggage allowance depends on class (of travel), fare type and maybe even membership tier. For Economy class passengers, a single piece of carry 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 carry 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 weigh more than 7kg.