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Hand Luggage, Cabin Flight Bags Restrictions and Allowances Guide and Advice

Hand Luggage, Cabin Flight Bags, Baggage Allowances and Restrictions Advice Guide.

Many customers ask for advice on Hand Luggage, and Hand Baggage restrictions on Airlines and at Airports. Hand Luggage allowances and hand baggage restrictions vary between airlines and airports. Most operators will advise on what type and size of flight bags and cabin bags you are allowed to take as hand luggage on your flight at the time of booking. Here is my advice from my years of selling bags.

I generally advise as a "carry on bag", to take a backpack or rucksack. Compared with a holdall, a suitable size backpack will be easier to carry, it will go on your shoulder or shoulders, leaving your hands free to deal with your luggage, suitcase or passport etc. Backpacks have lots of little pockets to "dip into" easily.  Backpacks and Rucksacks have other advantages for hand luggage over holdalls in that you can carry a laptop or computer in them safely, a decent laptop backpack will have a padded compartment, and the laptop or notebook can be easily taken out to go through the customs and security checks as is required. A flight size small holdall may offer more space flexibilty than the restrictions of a backpacks compartments, it may also be better for extra clothing. Its all down to preference, I am a rucksack man!


Hand Luggage, Cabin Bag SIZE guidance.

As I said, the restrictions for flight bags vary, here are the general rules when deciding what to take on board.

  • The maximum recommended size for items of hand luggage is 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm per bag, or 22 inches x 18 inches x 10 inches.
  • Hand luggage weight restrictions are that the bag should be no more that 6kg generally (budget airlines, Easyjet, Ryanair, Aer Lingus, BMI etc) or up to 10kg with scheduled, bigger airlines and transatlantic long haul flights like British Airways, Virgin, Quantas etc. The Size allowance/ restriction is normally more an issue than weight.
  • Most sellers of Hand Luggage and small cabin size bags don't use literages for their sizes but up to 30 litres usually makes a good flight bag.
Hand Luggage, Cabin Bag Security Restrictions. What you Can and Can't take on board.

The guidelines for what you can and can't take in your hand baggage are common sense... no guns, knives and liquid poisons!!! The main items people don't realise are restricted are liquids, no drinks, body lotions, creams etc. A full list of the restrictions and allowances are available of the "Department of Transport Airport Security" website, I am restricted in putting the link here but google it.

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