Top 5 Airlines Hand Baggage Allowance
The travelling season is upon us! This means crowded airports (more so than usual), long lines at baggage counters and people emptying out their baggage at the very last minute. To beat all of this, we have compiled a list of the hand baggage allowance as listed by the following top 5 airlines! Now, all you have to do is read this post and we guarantee a smooth check-in for you!
Hand Baggage VS Check-In Baggage - aren't they both the same?
Also known as Cabin Baggage, Hand Baggage are typically your smaller bags filled with your more personal items (camera, laptop) that you are allowed to carry onboard the plane with you. You will then stow these hand baggage in either the storage compartment above your seat or place it under the seat in front of you.
On the other hand, Check-In Baggage would be your bulkier and bigger suitcases that you will check-in with the check-in counter before your flight. You will then collect these luggage at the baggage belt in the airport upon your arrival.
Every airline has different rules and regulations on what you can carry in your hand baggage, how heavy and how big it should be. So, it will be to everyone’s benefit if we all familiarise ourselves with the hand baggage allowance of the airlines we are flying with, in order to ensure a smooth check-in experience as much as possible!
Note: Information is correct as of April 2019.
If your cabin baggage exceeds these limits, travellers will have to pay [additional baggage charges](https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/travel-info/baggage/additional-baggage-charges)!
Besides your cabin baggage, passengers are allowed to carry one of the following items onboard Singapore Airlines’ flights as well: Handbag, Camera/ Camera bag, Laptop in bag and Infant amenities (< 6kg).
Note: Do check Singapore Airlines’s website for the full list.
Singapore Airlines will conduct checks on your baggage at check-in and prior to boarding the plane. Therefore, to ensure your safety and faster security checks for all, do observe the stated guidelines and requirements on baggage allowance!
Scoot also provides baggage guidelines for those travelling with non-standard baggage like sporting equipment and over-sized musical instruments so do check out their [website](https://www.flyscoot.com/en/fly-scoot/before-you-fly/baggage#non-standard-baggage) if you are travelling with these objects!
Emirates also provides baggage guidelines for those travelling with non-standard baggage like sporting equipment and over-sized musical instruments so do check out their [website](https://www.emirates.com/english/before-you-fly/baggage/cabin-baggage-rules.aspx) if you are travelling with these objects!
In addition to your hand baggage allowance, all travellers are allowed to carry **one** small personal item onboard a Qantas flight, such as: handbag, laptop computer (to be carried in a slim bag only), overcoat, small camera, a reasonable amount of reading material or a small amount of duty free goods (when permitted).
Qantas also provides baggage guidelines for those travelling with non-standard baggage like sporting equipment and over-sized musical instruments so do check out their website if you are travelling with these objects!
Note: Information provided is per International flights onboard Qantas. Click here for hand baggage allowance information onboard their Australian domestic flights.
Travellers with a confirmed seat are able to bring onboard 1 bag with maximum dimensions of 56 x 36 x 23 cm (inclusive of wheels, handles and side pockets). Bags are to be placed in the overhead storage compartment.
Passengers with confirmed seats may also carry along 1 small item that can fit under the seat in front, and therefore must not be bigger than the maximum dimensions of 15 x 30 x 40 cm. Examples of these small items include: small handbags/ backpacks, laptop bags, camera bags and briefcases.
Different Class passengers have different maximum combined weight of the standard allowance of hand baggage, which consists of 1 bag + 1 small item.
*Note: Marco Polo Club members are permitted different weight allowance from the standard cabin classes based on their membership tiers so do check out [Cathay Pacific’s website](https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_SG/travel-information/baggage/cabin-baggage.html) if you are one!*
Note: Information provided is correct as of April 2019.
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Now, you are ready to beat the crowd with all these reminders! Do keep in mind that rules concerning baggage are subject to changes so do check the airline's website for the latest guide!