British Airways cabin bag allowance faq


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British Airways Cabin Bag Allowance Faq

British Airways cabin bag allowances FAQ – When travelling by plane, you will probably choose to take on an item of hand luggage, either to carry essentials that will make your journey more comfortable or to hold all of your luggage for a short trip in order to save time and hassle at the baggage check-in counters. Your cabin bag will be within easy reach on board the flight, so it should contain anything you will need during that time such as snacks, entertainment and essential medication. But there are restrictions as to what you can take on a flight, for safety reasons, and a limit to how large your cabin bag can be. Each airline may have different rules and restrictions, so always check before you travel.British Airways Luggage FAQ

British Airways cabin bag allowances faq

The British Airways cabin bag allowance is one of the most generous. Their rules and restrictions apply to all of their flights including OpenSkies and CityFlyer journeys. Every adult, young adult and child aged 2 years and over can each take on board:

– one handbag or laptop bag, and
– one extra cabin bag.

Each infant (aged under 2 years) can also take on board a cabin bag if that cabin bag contains items they will need during the flight.

British Airways cabin bag size and weight restrictions

There are two sets of size and weight restrictions on British Airways cabin bag allowances: one set is relevant if you are travelling to Brazil, and the other set is relevant if you are travelling anywhere else in the world.

If you are travelling to/from Brazil: each handbag/laptop bag must be no larger than 45cm x 36cm x 20cm (in inches, this is 18in x 14in x 8in); each additional cabin bag must be no larger than 56cm x 45m x 25cm (22in x 18in x 10in).

British Airways Cabin Bag

If you are travelling to/from anywhere else in the world: each handbag/laptop bag must be no larger than 40cm x 30cm x 15cm (16in x 12in x 6in) and each cabin bag must be no larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22in x 18in x 10in).

The weight restrictions for your cabin bag is the same regardless of where you are travelling to or from: no more than 23kg (51lbs) per bag, and you must be able to pick up each item of hand luggage and put it into the overhead lockers yourself.

When measuring your onboard luggage, remember to include any handles, wheels and pockets as your whole bag must fit into the British Airways cabin bag gauge at the check-in desk. Alternatively, consider purchasing an approved British Airways cabin bag so that you can be confident that it will be allowed onto the flight with you.

Extra information about your British Airways cabin bag allowances faq

You will be given a yellow luggage tag at check-in for each item of hand luggage you wish to take on board. Your handbag/laptop bag can be stored under the seat in front of you, and your additional cabin bag must be stored in the overhead lockers. If at check-in, you realise that you have gone over the size and/or weight restrictions for your baggage allowance, your hand luggage will need to be checked in with your main luggage, to be stored in the cargo hold. This will count towards your overall checked baggage weight allowance, so you may incur excess baggage charges at the rate set by the airport.

British Airways Cabin Bags

Be sure to check the list of items that you cannot take with you on board a British Airways plane before you pack, to avoid delay at the airport. Finally, remember that if you plan to buy any duty-free goods at the airport or onboard, you will need to fit these into the luggage you already have as you will not be able to take additional bags onto the plane.

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