How do you measure a bag size correctly?

The bag should be measured along the length, width and height. It is important that these measurements include any handles, the wheels plus any external pockets. Normally this bag must be able to fit in the overhead compartment. Sometimes an airline will state that the total combined external measurements should total a specific size. This example is for 115 cm total, which is found by adding Height + Width + Depth (A+B+C).  A Height of 55cm. Width of 40 cm. A Depth of 20cm.  Add together 55+40+20 = 115cm Airlines normally provide a Gauge in front of the Check-In which your bag should be able to fit into.
A + B + C = 115 cm

What are considered Personal Items

While this can vary from airline to airline generally it is expected that whatever you bring  on-board must be safely stowed away during the flight when not in your hands.

For instance on smaller planes or where the carrier is more stringent this may simply be set at Coat, small camera, binoculars or book. Another limited restrictions is described as Each customer may bring onboard one personal item (purse, briefcase, laptop, etc.), which must fit under the seat in front of you.

Quite common and often acceptable tends to be

  • 1 purse, briefcase, camera bag or diaper bag
  • or 1 laptop computer (computers cannot be checked)
  • or 1 item of a similar or smaller size to those listed above

There are usually references as to what can be taken when you have children. Then those with disabilities may have specific reference.

As the wording varies from a little to multiple lines of information or should there be any doubt, please refer to the airlines official conditions. Please use our Home page search facility to get directly there. 

Are duty free items part of the Allowance

Yes unless specifically mentioned Airlines let you bring any purchased Duty Frees on the plane. This is not surprising given they look to sell Duty Free goods themselves. These should always be stowed safely during the flight for everyone’s safety.

What can't be taken in the Hand Luggage

As a rule Airlines refer to the restrictions on dangerous items, however the Airports instructions are more pertinent as you have to pass there Security checks.

Below is an extract of a typical reference to prohibited items. As in all cases refer to the airline or the airport guidelines.

 

List of prohibited articles into the Security Restricted Area of an airport and on onboard aircraft

(in accordance with EU security legislation)

(a) guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles-devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile, including:

  • firearms of all types, such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns,
  • toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons, component parts of firearms, excluding telescopic sights,
  • compressed air and CO2 guns, such as pistols, pellet guns, rifles and ball bearing guns,
  • signal flare pistols and starter pistols, – bows, cross bows and arrows,
  • harpoon guns and spear guns,
  • slingshots and catapults;

(b) stunning devices – devices designed specifically to stun or immobilise, including:

  • devices for shocking, such as stun guns, tasers and stun batons,
  • animal stunners and animal killers,
  • disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace, pepper sprays, capsicum sprays, tear gas, acid sprays and animal repellent sprays;

(c) objects with a sharp point or sharp edge -objects with a sharp point or sharp edge capable of being used to cause serious injury, including:

  • items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers,
  • ice axes and ice picks,
  • razor blades,
  • box cutters,
  • knives with blades of more than 6 cm,
  • scissors with blades of more than 6 cm as measured from the fulcrum,
  • martial arts equipment with a sharp point or sharp edge,
  • swords and sabres;

(d) workmen’s tools-tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft, including:

  • crowbars,
  • drills and drill bits, including cordless portable power drills,
  • tools with a blade or a shaft of more than 6 cm capable of use as a weapon, such as screwdrivers and chisels,
  • saws, including cordless portable power saws,
  • blowtorches,
  • bolt guns and nail guns;

(e) blunt instruments-objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit, including:

  • baseball and softball bats,
  • clubs and batons, such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks,
  • martial arts equipment;

(f) explosives and incendiary substances and devices-explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, including:

  • ammunition,
  • blasting caps,
  • detonators and fuses,
  • replica or imitation explosive devices,
  • mines, grenades and other explosive military stores,
  • fireworks and other pyrotechnics,
  • smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges,
  • dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives.

(g) Segways are strictly prohibited both as checked or cabin baggage aboard the aircraft. Segways are small two wheeled motorised vehicle used as a convenient mode of transport. There are many names and brand names associated with such vehicles – Segway’s, Swagway’s, Swegway’s, Mini Swegway’s ‘Hoverboards’ etc. All such vehicles are strictly prohibited.

(h) It has been advised that the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued an emergency order banning all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States and Canada. Guests who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States.

(i) As directed by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), if you are flying to the U.S., there is a limit on the quantity of powder substances (eg. flour, sugar, coffee, spices, powdered milk or cosmetics) you may take in your cabin baggage. Guests who wish to take more than 350g/350ml/12oz of powder substances to the US, must pack them into their checked baggage.

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