Cabin luggage : 06 facts you must be aware of to avoid unpleasant boarding

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Any passenger,  have to follow certain rules to fly with cabin luggage. 

Everyone would like to avoid any unpleasant situation or surprise that can ruin their travel.

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Therefore you need to highlight what is allowed and what is not allowed regrding suitcases , weight, size ,numbers….etc, before getting to the airport.

Cabin luggage
Carry-on luggage compartments

How many cabin suitcase are allowed per person?

The majority of airlines set a rule that only one cabin bag is allowed per passenger , although that rule doesn’t apply to all travllers, as business or first class.
So , the first rule is that you fly with one bag only. Because“Cabin suitcase ” means a limited size bag with some personal items, the passenger need to carry with him on the flight.

What are the advantages of having cabin luggage?

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Cabin luggage have many advantages, since your most important items would be near your reach at any time. You can put in :

  • fragile personal belongings.
  •  Identity documents .
  • precious objects.

Having it near would make you avoid any unpleasant situation when the luggage is on hold.

  • Also , you’ll have something that helps you kill time during long flights, such as:
    – a book.
    – coloring books , stories for children.
    – water and maybe some snacks.
    – clothes in case of facing low temperature during the flight …etc.

  If you are flying with one cabin bag, you can avoid waiting too long on the stopover to get your baggage.

Cabin bag’s dimensions according to each company:

Each airline has the right to set its own rules regarding luggage. Therefore, you’ll notice that the authorised dimensions of bags vary from a company to another ( we are talking about cabin suitcase size,height, thickness…etc ).

According to the “IATA” (international air transport association), this is the average dimensions of a hand luggage : 56cm × 45 cm × 25 cm.

Famous airlines cabin bags dimensions:

The majority of airlines offer a close dimensions to the average one.

This kind of information will be available on each airline website.

So we have ,for example:

  • Air France :55 cm x35cm x 25 cm.
  • Transavia: 55 cm x 35 cm x 25cm.
  • KLM:55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm .
  • Easyjet:56cm x 45cm x 25cm .
  • Ryanair: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm .

Cabin bags maximum weight:

The average weight is 10 kg according to the Iata . It varies from an airline to another. It can be more or less than that. We have : 12kg For Air France and 7kg for Emirates.

These information are also available on each airline website, à passenger must check it before heading to the airport , or you’ll have to pay for any extra weight.

Some accessories that can be alongside your cabin bag:

If you travel a lot, you’ll find that this policy also differ according to the airline. One  bag is the limited number of cabin luggage , but some items can be considered as accessories such as : a camera,  laptop bag, a small handbag…etc.

● What is not allowed on a cabin bag?

Passengers can’t be allowed on airplanes with everything they wanted, there are some rules to follow about what to put on a carry-on luggage , for safety reasons :

  • Sharp objects (nail clippers, blades).
  • Chemical or flammable products
  • Liquid products more than 100ml.
  • firearms.

  ● keep in mind  that:

Liquids can not pass 100ml to be authorized in the cabin (except baby food), as for medication,  it should be accompanied by a prescription if it’s associated with specific equipment like an injector pen,or a needle …etc. 

 Where would your cabin luggage be stored during the flight?

It is supposed to be stored in the compartments located above the passenger seats.You should keep in mind that having a numbered seat doesn’t mean you’ll have your own luggage space in these compartments. That means your luggage would be stored where there is still space, above your seat or sometimes further, and the accessory that accompany your bag would be placed under your seat.

In some rare situations, the staff may decide to put certain carry-on luggage on the hold (with no extra charges) if they are facing a lack of storing space.

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