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Carry On Baggage

Carry On Baggage Carry On Baggage often becomes a cause of inconvenience for airline passengers owing to various different reasons. Following passage provides some tips and general guidelines for a smooth travelling experience. When you wish to travel by Air take as much care planning your packing as you’d take planning your activities at the destination and remember to pack lightly. You’ll always find it pleasant to travel with as little baggage as possible.


Each airline has a carry-on baggage policy which encourages the same idea. There is a weight and size limitation on carry-on baggage for each passenger, which is determined based on aircraft types and capacities. Some airports even have a size guide to help with the acceptance and refusal of carry-on baggage. Carry-on baggage must fit within the sizing container and comply with weight limits to be accepted for boarding the plane.

It is recommended to check with your airline to find out the maximum size and number of pieces of carry-on baggage before travelling. Most airlines restrict carry-on baggage to two pieces per passenger. Here are a few things to remember:

  • You may only be allowed to bring two pieces of carry-on baggage through security screening.
  • Carry-on bags must be small enough to fit under the seat in front of you or in the overhead bins. Heavy items should always be placed under the seat.
  • When using the overhead bins, be aware how you stow your baggage. Baggage has been known to fall out of overhead compartments when the contents shifted during the flight or if the compartments were overloaded.

It is always advisable to pack on a need-to-carry basis i.e. only essential items such as – prescriptions, personal hygiene items, passports – and valuable items, such as jewellery and cameras. Minimize the amount of your hand baggage:

  • You will be able to pass through security checkpoints faster
  • During the winter, overhead compartment space is needed for heavy coats and blankets
  • If in doubt, leave it out. Don’t pack sharp or piercing objects in your carry-on baggage
  • Wrapped gifts will be opened at security, so consider wrapping them at your destination or putting them in your checked baggage.
  • If you are carrying electronic equipment, make certain you can prove that it is operable – but then make sure it is turned off or switched to airplane mode before the flight.

What else can I bring?

Any of the following:
  • Small purses
  • Cases containing only a camera (still or video)
  • Medication or medical equipment (oxygen tank, doctor’s bag)
  • Coats and outer garments
  • Crutches
  • Canes
  • Walkers
  • Containers carrying life-sustaining items
  • Special needs items
  • Diplomatic or consular bags
  • Strollers and child restraint systems (check with your airline for related policies)
  • All duty-free items purchased after the security check

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