Hand Luggage Sizes and Weight + Carry-On Information

//Hand Luggage Sizes and Weight + Carry-On Information
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All airlines around the world have their own rules for size and weight of hand luggage and baggage handling. If you are often traveling around the world, it can be a bit tricky to keep track of what applies to each airline company. Although many airlines have similar rules about the size and weight of hand luggage, it can still differ slightly kilograms or centimeters that can cause you expensive additional fees. 

This mistake I made once, and it was my own fault as I didn’t check the hand luggage rules of the airline company properly. This small mistake led to a decision of either paying an overweight fee of 50 Euros or leaving my bag behind. Of course, I paid as I needed my luggage, but I did also burn a hole in my wallet as it was an unplanned expenditure. 

I don’t want you to make the same mistake as I did, as this can cause a big problem if you have a tight travel budget. To make it relatively easy for everyone, I have made a list of the most popular airlines with information of their limits of size and weight of carry-ons.

Down below you can find shortcuts to the each airline on this list. Just click on the airline that you are traveling with, and it will automatically take you to that particular airline’s rules about hand luggage size and weight. If your particular airline is not included in this list, then make sure to visit their website and check their hand luggage limits. 


Here is your guide to the words most frequently airlines hand luggage size and weight rules!



Hand Luggage Size and Weight + Additional Carry-On Information


SAS 

Permitted Weight: 8 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 55x40x23 cm
Other: You can bring along an extra purse or bag for laptop/camera at no extra charge. If you’re traveling to Asia or the United States in SAS Plus or SAS Business class, then it is possible to bring two carry-on pieces of luggage with a weight of 8 kg per bag. 


Norwegian

Permitted Weight: 10 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 55x40x23 cm
Other: In addition to a hand luggage, you can also bring along a small purse or bag for your laptop/camera without extra cost. If you’re traveling to or from Dubai, you are allowed to have a weight of maximum 8 kilograms of hand luggage. 


Ryanair 

Permitted Weight: 10 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 55x40x20 cm
Other: Nowadays you can bring a purse or smaller bag with maximum dimensions of 35x20x20 at no extra charge. 


AirAsia 

Permitted Weight: 7 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 56x36x23 cm
Other: You can also carry a small laptop/camera bag or a smaller handbag without extra charge.


Aer Lingus 

Permitted Weight: 10 kg
Maximum Dimensions:  55x40x24 cm
Other: It’s ok to carry a purse or small bag for your laptop/camera at no additional cost. The maximum dimension of the “small” hand luggage is 25x33x20 cm.


Aeroflot

Permitted Weight: 10 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 115 cm height + width + depth. For example: 55x40x20.
Other: You are allowed to bring along a small handbag or a bag for your laptop/camera. If you are traveling with business class, you can bring a carry-on that weighs up to 15 kg. 


AirBerlin

Permitted Weight: 8 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 55x40x23 cm
Other: You carry a laptop/camera bag or a small handbag at no extra cost.


AirChina

Permitted Weight: 5 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 55x40x20 cm
Other: Travelers in business class or first class may bring two pieces of hand luggage with a total weight of 8 kg. 


AirFrance

AirFrance rules on hand baggage dimensions and weight are valid for travel within Europe.

Permitted Weight: 12 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 55x35x25 cm
Other: It’s fine to bring a small purse, laptop/camera bag with no additional cost. 


British Airways

Permitted Weight: 23 kg (you must be able to lift it into the overhead locker by yourself)
Maximum Dimensions: 40x30x15 cm
Other: British Airways also allows a small handbag or laptop/camera bag with a dimension of 40x30x15 cm. NOTE, if you are traveling to or from Brazil, you can carry a cabin bag with the dimension of 56x45x25 cm and an extra purse or laptop bag with the dimension of 45x36x20 cm.


Cathay Pacific

Permitted Weight: 7 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 56x36x23 cm
Other: You are also allowed to bring a small purse or a small laptop/camera bag in addition to your hand luggage. For those who are traveling in Business are allowed to bring along 10 kilos and for travelers in First Class a maximum of 15 kg in one bag.


Condor

Permitted Weight: 6 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 55 x 40 x 20 cm
Other: A small handbag or laptop bag/camera bag is okay to carry with you. If you are flying with Premium Class you can carry a hand luggage of total 10 kilos in one bag, and Business Class a total of 12 kilograms in two bags.


Delta Airlines

Permitted Weight: Delta Air Lines has no given weight limits, except from:

  • Singapore, Singapore – Changi International Airport (SIN) carry-on should not exceed more than 7 kg.
  • South Korea – Incheon International Airport (ICN) carry-on should not exceed more than 10 kg.
  • Beijing, China – Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) carry-on should not exceed more than 10 kg.
  • Shanghai, China – Pudong International Airport (PVG) carry-on should not exceed more than 10 kg.

Maximum Dimensions: 114 centimeters height + width + depth. For Example: 55x36x23 cm.
Other: Laptop/camera bag and a smaller purse are allowed with no additional charge.


Easyjet

Permitted Weight: No restriction
Maximum Dimensions: 56x45x25 cm
Other: There is a one cabin rule that applies when traveling with Easyjet. This means that you should be able to pack the laptop, camera, and your purse in one single hand luggage, except if you are traveling with EasyJet Plus, FLEXI fare, Upfront and Extra Legroom. The extra small bag has to have the dimension of 45x36x20 cm.


Emirates

Permitted Weight: 7 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 55x38x20 cm
Others: If you are traveling with First Class or Business Class you can also bring a handbag (55x38x20 cm) or a briefcase (45x35x20 cm). 


Ethiopian Airlines

Permitted Weight: 7 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 55x40x23 cm
Other: You can bring along a laptop/camera bag or small handbag with no additional cost. Star Alliance Gold passengers traveling in First or Business Class can bring two carry-on luggage, not weighing more than 8 kg each with the dimensions of 55x40x23. 


Finnair

Permitted Weight: 8 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 56x45x25 cm
Other: It is ok to carry a small purse or camera/laptop bag. Travelers in Business Class or Finnair Plus Platinum, Gold and Silver, may bring two pieces of hand luggage bags with a maximum weight of 10 kg in total.


Jetstar Airways

Permitted Weight: 7 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 56x36x23 cm
Other: It is allowed to carry a small handbag or a laptop/camera bag. If you are traveling in Business Class, you are authorized to bring two pieces of hand luggage which can weigh 7 kilos each plus a small handbag/briefcase.


KLM

Permitted Weight: 12 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 55x35x25 cm
Other: It’s okay to carry a small purse or laptop/camera bag. Travelers in Business Class may bring two carry-on’s of maximum 18 kilos weight in total. Each bag can’t exceed 55x35x25 cm and your small purse/laptop bag maximum 40x30x15 cm. 


Lao Airlines

Permitted Weight: 7 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 30x60x18 cm
Others: It’s OK to carry a small purse or camera/laptop bag.

Keep in mind that it is very expensive with overweight. Lao Arline’s price is quite juicy, so make sure to follow their rules. When I flew with them, they didn’t check my hand luggage, but it varies depending on who is working and how the carry-on looks.


Lufthansa 

Permitted Weight: 8 kg
Maximum dimensions: 55x40x23 cm
Other: Laptop/camera bag or a smaller purse can be included at no extra charge. Business class or first class may bring two carry-on luggage each up to 8 kg. 


Novair

Permitted Weight: 5 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 55x40x22 cm
Other: The maximal luggage weight is 20 kg per person, including both hand luggage and checked luggage. So the hand luggage and the checked in bag should not exceed 20 kg in total. 


Qatar Airways

Permitted Weight: 7 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 50x37x25 cm
Other: Laptop/camera bags or a smaller purse may be included at no extra cost. Business class or first class may bring two carry-on’s with a maximum weight of 15 kg in total.


Swissair

Permitted Weight: 8 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 55x40x23 cm
Other: A small purse or camera/laptop bag is permitted to carry on the plane, maximum dimension is 40x30x10 cm. If you are traveling in business class or first class you are allowed to bring two carry-on luggage, not weighing more than 8 kg each.


Thai Airways

Permitted Weight: 7 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 56x45x25 cm
Other: Small purse or a laptop/camera bag is OK to have with you on the plane. Maximum size for the extra bag is: 37,5x25x12,5 cm.


Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia

Permitted Weight: 6 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 55x40x20 cm
Other: You can carry a laptop/camera bag or a small purse at no extra charge. The baggage weight is 20 kg per person in total. This means if you have a hand luggage that weighs 6 kg, you can only check in a bag of total 14 kilograms. 


TUIfly

Permitted Weight: 6 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 55x40x20 cm
Other: You can carry a small handbag or a camera/laptop bag in addition to your hand luggage


Turkish Airlines

Permitted Weight: 8 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 55x40x23 cm
Other: It is also okay to carry a laptop bag, camera bag or a small purse. For those traveling by Business Class, it’s allowed to bring two carry-on luggage weighing 8 kilos each.


Vueling

Permitted Weight: 10 kg
Maximum Dimensions: 55x40x20 cm
Other: If your fare type is “Excellence Fare” it’s possible to bring a carry-on weighing 14 kilos.


Wizzair

Permitted Weight: No direct maximum weight.
Maximum dimensions: 42x32x25 cm is free. If you need more hand luggage, you can add a bag that does not exceed more than 56x45x25 centimeters for an added fee.
Other: Passengers with priority boarding may bring a small handbag or a laptop/camera bag.


The information in this article is updated periodically. This means that the information may not always be up to date since the airlines change their rules of hand luggage quickly. To be on the safe side, I recommend always to double-check the airline’s individual website. 

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