Carry-on Baggage: Restrictions and Life Hacks

Maria Goncharova Flights, Tips & Tricks 1 Comment

carry-on baggageGeneral restrictions for carry-on baggage are pretty much the same for all airlines. But a country of departure and a particular airport also matter. So what you really can take with you to a cabin?

Nobody say a word in Moscow and Dubai when I fly to Tokyo, but during check-in in Tokyo employees the same airline (Emirates) demand me to have only one item of carry-on baggage, even if it means that I just put all my small bags into one big bag.

Airport staff in Palau checked everything that was in my carry-on luggage. I mean it. You have to show everything that you want to take with you to the airplane. Any suspicion item goes to trash. Also there is a fee for corals, which are not allowed to be exported.

Prohibited Items Restrictions

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In general, you need to follow these instructions:

  • Do not take any sharp items. Nail scissors as well.
  • Do not take any explosive, flammable, chemical and toxic substances. So no aerosols.
  • Do not take any weapons or weapon imitations, including children’s toys and any items that may be used as a weapon like ski poles.
  • Don’t take a lot of medications if you don’t have a prescription with you.
  • Put all liquids, gels and paste-like substances into 100 ml containers.
  • Any suspicious items like heavy metal objects (diving weights for example) are very unwelcome.
  • Keep your Duty Free bags sealed.

Non-obvious prohibited items:

  • Tent pegs.
  • More than one lighter.
  • Badminton rackets.
  • Fishing rods.
  • Electric drills and similar tools.

Items that I could take with me in carry-on baggage:

  • Several pound of diving weights.
  • Fins (90 cm length).
  • Spokes with knitting together.
  • Nail scissors.
  • Nippers for manicure. I take them instead of scissors for sewing.
  • A large number of wires.
  • Special screwdriver for ski equipment with removable nozzles.
  • Razor with multiple blades.
  • More than 15 containers of liquids (100 ml each).
  • Medicaments (more than 100 pills together).

Items that I could not take with me in carry-on baggage:

  • “Collar” for freediving with shotgun pellet inside.
  • Shotgun pellet is considered as a weapon.
  • Nail scissors. Yes, scissors are in both lists.
  • Repair kit for scuba gear.
  • Bottle of champagne from the Duty Free, because I bought it out of Eurozone.
  • Toy with a magnet inside.

Items I always put to carry-on baggage:

  • Laptop computer
  • All wires and small appliances
  • Photo equipment
  • Regulators for scuba diving
  • Glasses

Weight and Size Restrictions for Carry-on Baggage

AirlineSize restrictionsWeight restrictions
Aeroflot55x40x20 cm10 kg
AirAsia56x36x23 cm7 kg
Air Berlin55x40x23 cm8 kg
Air France55x35x25 cm12 kg
American Airlines56x36x23 cmno restrictions
British Airways56x45x25 cm23 kg
Cathay Pacific Airways56x36x23 cm7 kg
China Southern Airlines50x40x20 cm5 kg
Delta55x35x23 cmno restrictions
Easyjet50x40x20 cmno restrictions
Emirates55x38x20 cm7 kg
Etihad Airways40х50х21 cm7 kg
German Wings55x40x23 cm8 kg
Iberia56x45x25 cmno restrictions
Japan Airlines56x40x25 cm10 kg
KLM55x35x25 cm12 kg
Korean Air55x40x20 cm12 kg
Lufthansa55x40x23 cm8 kg
Norwegian55x40x23 cm10 kg
Pobedahandbag or briefcase
Qantas56x36x23 cm7 kg
Qatar50х37х25 cm7 kg
Ryanair55x40x20 cm10 kg
S755x40x20 cm7 kg
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)55x40x23 cm8 kg
Singapore Airlines115 cm7 kg
Sky Express45x35x20 cm6 kg
TAM Airlines55x40x20 cm5 kg
Transaero55x40x20 cm10 kg
Turkish Airlines55x40x23 cm8 kg
Vueling55x40x20 cm10 kg

Read how to put up to 40 kg to carry-on baggage and avoid any problems in an airport.

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