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How Many Carry-On Bags are Allowed?

How many carry-on bags are allowed?

How many carry-on bags are allowed?

How many carry-on bags you are allowed to bring on board the aircraft depends on which airline you are travelling with.

When travelling in Economy Class, most airlines allow you to bring one regular-sized carry-on bag, such as a trolley or a backpack, and a smaller piece of hand luggage, also known as a personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag. 

When travelling in Business Class/First Class, most airlines allow you to bring two regular-sized carry-on bags on board the aircraft, such as trolleys or backpack, and a smaller piece of hand luggage, also known as a personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag. 

In the US, passengers (all fares) are only allowed to bring on board one carry-on bag and one personal item. Business Class and First Class Passengers that are flying back from the US to an international destination and are travelling with two carry-on bags will need to check-in one of their carry-on bags. 

 

Does the fare matter when it comes to how many bags you can bring?

Yes, in most cases you are only allowed to bring one large piece of hand luggage in economy class. In business class, however, many airlines allow two large carry-on bags (trolley or backpack, for instance).

 

How do I know how many bags I can bring?

To find out how many carry-on bags you are allowed to bring with you, it is usually enough to take a look at the airline’s website.

Another way to find out how many pieces of baggage you are allowed to bring is to take a look at the flight ticket. You will also find an indication of the free baggage allowance on the ticket.

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There, you often find something like “1 pc”,  which stands for 1 piece.

However, as a general rule, this information stands for checked baggage and not hand baggage. As a rule, hand luggage may be brought in addition to this value. 

 

How many carry-on bags does your airline allow? [Overview]

 

How many carry-on bags can you have at Aeroflot?

 

Aeroflot Airlines

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In the Economy Class, Aeroflot allows 1 regular carry-on bag PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

In the Comfort Class, Aeroflot allows  1 regular carry-on bag PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

In the Business Class, Aeroflot allows 1 regular carry-on bag PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

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How many carry-on bags can you have at Air China?

 

Air China AIrlines

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In the Economy Class, Air China allows 1 regular carry-on bag, PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

In the Business Class/First Class, Air China allows 2 regular carry-on bags PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

 

How many carry-on bags can you have at Air France?

 

Air China AIrlines

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In the Economy Class, Air France allows 1 regular carry-on bag PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

In the Premium Economy Class, Air France allows 1 regular carry-on bag, PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

In the Business Class, Air France allows 1 regular carry-on bag, PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

In the “La Première Class”, Air France allows 1 regular carry-on bag, PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

 

How many carry-on bags can you have at American Airlines?

 

American Airlines

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American Airlines allows 1 regular carry-on bag PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

 

How many carry-on bags can you have at British Airways?

 

British Airways

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In the Economy Class, British Airways allows 1 regular carry-on bag PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

 

How many carry-on bags can you have at China Southern Airlines?

 

China Southern Airlines

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In the Economy Class, China Southern Airlines allows 1 regular carry-on bag with the max. size of 55 x 40 x 25 cm and weight of 10 kg, PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

In Premium Economy Class, China Southern Airlines allows 1 regular carry-on bag PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

In the Business Class, China Southern Airlines allows 1 regular carry-on bag on [DOMESTIC FLIGHTS] PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag. On [INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS] in Business class,  only 1 carry-on bag and one personal item is allowed.

In First Class, China Southern Airlines allows 2 regular carry-on bags on both Domestic and International Flights.

 

How many carry-on bags can you have at China Eastern Airlines?

 

China Eastern Airlines

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In the Economy Class, China Eastern Airlines allows 1 regular carry-on bag PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

In the Business Class, China Eastern Airlines allows 1 regular carry-on bags PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

In the First Class, China Eastern Airlines allows on both domestic and international flights: 2 regular carry-on bags PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

 

How many carry-on bags can you have at Delta Airlines?

 

Delta Airlines

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Delta Airlines allows 1 regular carry-on bag PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

 

How many carry-on bags can you have at EasyJet?

 

easyjet

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In the Economy Class, EasyJet allows 1 regular carry-on bag with the max. size of 55 x 40 x 25 cm and weight of 10 kg, PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

In the Business Class/First Class, EasyJet allows 2 regular carry-on bags with the max. size of 55 x 40 x 25 cm each and weight of 15 kg each, PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

 

How many carry-on bags can you have at Emirates?

 

Emirates

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In the Economy Class, Emirates allows 1 regular carry-on bag PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

First and Business Class passengers are permitted allows 2 regular carry-on bags PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

For Emirates customers boarding from India, generally, only one carry-on-bag is permitted.

 

How many carry-on bags can you have at Indigo?

 

Indigo Airplane

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Indigo does only offer one flight tariff. Every passenger is allowed to bring one carry-on bag PLUS a personal item such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

 

How many carry-on bags can you have at KLM?

 

KLM Airlines

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In the Economy Class, KLM allows 1 carry-on bag PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

Business Class passengers are permitted 2 regular carry-on bags PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

Info: KLM refers to the personal items as “accessories” on their website.

 

How many carry-on bags can you have at Lufthansa?

 

Lufthansa Airplane

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At Lufthansa, Economy Class passengers are allowed one item of carry-on baggage PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

Premium Economy Class passengers are allowed 2 regular carry-on bags PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

Business Class passengers are allowed 2 carry-on bags PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

First Class passengers are allowed 2 carry-on bags PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

 

How many carry-on bags can you have at Southwest Airlines?

 

Southwest Airlines

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Southwest Airlines states on their website, that all passengers are just allowed one single carry-on bag plus a personal item. They are referring to the TSA, which is the organization in charge in the US for all questions related to baggage.

 

How many carry-on bags can you have at Laudamotion?

 

Laudamotion Cockpit

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At Laudamotion, Economy Class passengers (standard fare, non-priority customers) are only allowed to bring one personal item such as a handbag or a laptop bag on board the airplane.

Plus fare passengers are allowed one carry-on bag PLUS a personal item.

Flexi Plus passengers are equally allowed one carry-on bag PLUS a personal item.

Family Plus passengers are allowed one carry-on bag PLUS a personal item.

 

Therefore, Laudamotion is one of the few airlines that does not allow (anymore) a regular carry-on bag as hand luggage when flying in the standard tariff. The same goes for Ryanair. 

 

How many carry-on bags can you have at Ryanair?

 

Ryanair Airplane

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At Ryanair, as an Economy Class passenger (standard fare, non-priority customers), you are only allowed to bring one personal item such as a handbag or a laptop bag on board the airplane.

Plus fare customers at Ryanair are allowed one carry-on bag PLUS a personal item.

Flexi Plus customers are equally allowed one carry-on bag PLUS a personal item.

Family Plus customers are allowed one carry-on bag PLUS a personal item.

 

Therefore, Ryanair is one of the few airlines that does not allow (anymore) a regular carry-on bag as hand luggage when flying in the standard tariff. The same goes for Laudamotion. 

Laudamotion now actually belongs to Ryanair and their hand luggage rules are now identical.

 

How many carry-on bags can you have at SWISS?

 

Swiss Airlines

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SWISS Economy customers are allowed to bring 1 regular carry-on bag PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

SWISS Business customers are allowed to bring 2 regular carry-on bag PLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

SWISS First customers are allowed to bring 2 regular carry-on bag wPLUS one personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

HOWEVER: Because countries such as Italy and the USA have stricter rules regarding hand baggage, First Class Passengers and Business Class passengers with a second item of hand baggage must check it in if travelling from those countries.

 

What happens if you bring too many carry-on bags?

If you have the option, you can store the excess hand luggage in regular hand luggage. If this is not possible due to space constraints, then you will most likely have to check in the excess hand baggage as checked baggage. In this case, you will usually have to pay additional fees.

 

How many personal items can I bring?

A handbag or laptop bag can be brought as a so-called personal item with most airlines. The number of this small piece of hand luggage is almost always limited to one. For example, you can bring either a small handbag or a laptop bag, but not both, unless you have no other large piece of hand luggage with you, then the second personal item would logically be classified as such a large piece of hand luggage.

 

How many accessories can I bring on board the plane?

Most airlines allow an accessory such as an umbrella, a camera, reading material or crutches (for a full list, please consult your airlines’ website because every airline provides a different list of possible items here!) for the flight to be brought on board in addition to the regular hand luggage allowance (usually a large piece of hand luggage such as a trolley or a backpack and a personal item such as a handbag or a laptop bag).

With accessories, however, the situation is not very clear as to how many of these may be brought on board. Some airlines expressly point out that only one such accessory may be brought on board. Other airlines, on the other hand, also tolerate several such accessories. Airlines usually only provide very vague information on this matter.