Is This The Promise Of Things To Come?


Ever had that increased heart rate in the check in line prior to checking in for an international flight, wondering whether your luggage is going to be too big or too heavy? And how much it is going to cost to fix the problem?

Many of us will know that luggage restrictions can be a very confusing and sometimes a nerve wracking  issue when travelling internationally. It is hard to keep track of which airline allows what sized luggage on board. I recommend always doing the research case by case, or in this instance, ticket by ticket.

Many airlines are now finding their biggest cause for late departures is passengers being slow to on load and off load the aircraft with all their hand luggage. For the airline it is far more economical and safer to put most of the luggage in the hold rather than in the cabin.

In Australia, we have had similar measurements to IATA so for us this is not such an issue when travelling domestically. However if you are on and off a few airlines in the course of your international holiday, then be a smart traveller and take note of the measurements below. Best to ensure your bag complies with the SMALLEST airline measurements if you are wanting to carry – on your luggage.

IATA’s new guidelines state that cabin bags should have dimensions of 55cm x 35cm x 19cm. (the 19cm is the biggest change in depth) That is a volume of 36,575 cubic centimetres. Even the most stingy of low-cost carriers, such as easyJet, currently have a limit equivalent to 40,000 cubic centimetres (see table from The Economist below).

Cabin baggage allowance, selected airlines, cm

Height Width Depth Volume
North America
American Airlines 56 36 23 46,368
Delta 56 35 23 45,080
Southwest 61 41 25 62,926
United 56 36 23 45,424
Air France 55 40 23 50,600
British Airways 56 45 25 63,000
easyJet 50 40 20 40,000
Lufthansa 55 40 23 50,600
Ryanair 55 40 20 44,000
Cathay Pacific 56 36 23 46,368
Emirates 55 38 20 41,800
JAL 55 40 25 55,000
IATA 55 35 19 36,575

So before you go out and buy your next cabin bag, make sure you take a tape measure with you and buy the appropriate sized case for your carry on luggage.

And of course Smart Travelling always recommends you carry your own set of luggage scales so there are no surprises at the airport.




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One Response to Is This The Promise Of Things To Come?

  1. kolourful kati says:

    oh thank YOU for the heads up on this Plane Jane!! – and those luggage scales have saved me anxiety in the airline queue many times around…

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