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Choosing your carry-on baggage

What you need to know about carry-on baggage

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
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

Checking a bag’s dimensions

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.

Testing baggage weight

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!

Useful carry-on content

Don’t forget to bring your essentials in your carry-on baggage:

  • Personal-care kit
  • Underwear
  • Pants and a pullover
  • A swimsuit if you’re heading to a Sun destination
  • etc.

Why the above? Just in case your checked suitcase doesn’t arrive at the destination at the same time as you!