General 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
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
Weight and Size Restrictions for Carry-on Baggage
|Airline||Size restrictions||Weight restrictions|
|Aeroflot||55x40x20 cm||10 kg|
|AirAsia||56x36x23 cm||7 kg|
|Air Berlin||55x40x23 cm||8 kg|
|Air France||55x35x25 cm||12 kg|
|American Airlines||56x36x23 cm||no restrictions|
|British Airways||56x45x25 cm||23 kg|
|Cathay Pacific Airways||56x36x23 cm||7 kg|
|China Southern Airlines||50x40x20 cm||5 kg|
|Delta||55x35x23 cm||no restrictions|
|Easyjet||50x40x20 cm||no restrictions|
|Emirates||55x38x20 cm||7 kg|
|Etihad Airways||40х50х21 cm||7 kg|
|German Wings||55x40x23 cm||8 kg|
|Iberia||56x45x25 cm||no restrictions|
|Japan Airlines||56x40x25 cm||10 kg|
|KLM||55x35x25 cm||12 kg|
|Korean Air||55x40x20 cm||12 kg|
|Lufthansa||55x40x23 cm||8 kg|
|Norwegian||55x40x23 cm||10 kg|
|Pobeda||handbag or briefcase|
|Qantas||56x36x23 cm||7 kg|
|Qatar||50х37х25 cm||7 kg|
|Ryanair||55x40x20 cm||10 kg|
|S7||55x40x20 cm||7 kg|
|Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)||55x40x23 cm||8 kg|
|Singapore Airlines||115 cm||7 kg|
|Sky Express||45x35x20 cm||6 kg|
|TAM Airlines||55x40x20 cm||5 kg|
|Transaero||55x40x20 cm||10 kg|
|Turkish Airlines||55x40x23 cm||8 kg|
|Vueling||55x40x20 cm||10 kg|
Read how to put up to 40 kg to carry-on baggage and avoid any problems in an airport.