The baggage you bring aboard the aircraft is called carry-on or hand baggage. Some airlines also allow you to bring a personal bag (purse, briefcase, etc.) on board.
Suitcase, backpack, tote… your baggage can be any style you like. The most important thing is its size: it must comply with airline rules.
Carry-on dimensions and weight: They can be changed at any time without prior notice. Always check your carrier’s rules before your departure.
|Airline||Dimensions (in inches)||Weight (in kilograms)|
|Air Canada||21,5 x 15,5 x 9||10|
|Air France||21 x 13 x 9||12|
|Air Transat||20 x 16 x 9||10|
|American Airlines||22 x 14 x 9||18|
|British Airways||22 x 18 x 10||23|
|CanJet||20 x 16 x 9||10|
|Delta Air Lines||22 x 14 x 9||No weight limit, except at certain airports|
|JetBlue||22 x 14 x 9||10|
|KLM||21,5 x 10 x 13,5||12 (for carry-on luggage and personal bag)|
|Lufthansa||21,5 x 15,5 x 9||8|
|Porter||22 x 16 x 9||9|
|Qatar Airways||20 x 15 x 10||7|
|Ryanair||21,5 x 15,5 x 8||10|
|Sunwing||20 x 16 x 9||5|
|United Airlines||22 x 14 x 9||18|
|WestJet||21 x 15 x 9||10|
Measure the height, width and depth of your bag, wheels and handles included. For example, measure the height of your suitcase from the ground to the top of the handle.
Note that “spinner” (4-wheeled) suitcases do not always comply. It is therefore very important to measure them.
To avoid a nasty surprise, weigh your bag before leaving and returning home. You can use a luggage scale.
Obviously, choosing a lighter bag could help you “save” a few kilos. Think about it when you’re buying!
Don’t forget to bring your essentials in your carry-on baggage:
Why the above? Just in case your checked suitcase doesn’t arrive at the destination at the same time as you!