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Carry On Baggage Restrictions
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Carry On Baggage Restrictions For Air Travel – Good To Know

I would imagine most of you are like me, always trying to keep up with the ever changing Air Travel …

🧳 Carry On Baggage Restrictions. 🧳

❓ Just what are we allowed to carry on planes these days, and what’s not. ❓

Have you been one of the unfortunate victims of Carry On Item Confiscationat the 🛂 airport security line?
Is it perhaps you were not quite aware of what you were allowed to carry in that 👜 bag, in the first place? 🤨

Well relax, you are definitely not alone!

There are strict rules for carry on, that you should be aware of before travel and these rules keep changing. Below, are a few more commonplace things that are allowed and what is not acceptable, to pack in your 💼 carry on baggage.

You certainly do not want necessary travel items confiscated at the airport security.

First, have a quick look at this short 📹 video from Airfarewatchdog, on carry on restrictions. Some changes to {Carry On Rules} that just keep on coming!

Size and Weight Limits for Carry-On Bags | Airfarewatchdog – YouTube Video


As you can see from this video, people are still trying to bring restricted items onto airplanes in; 📦 Box Loads!

It is expensive to check your 🧳 luggage these days, if you travel economy class like we normally have to. That’s why more and more people are choosing to carry their luggage onto the plane these days. For convenience and to help save money.

This is why it is even more important to know what the 🚥 luggage regulations are, for each individual airline and to get through security at the airport.

It’s very important to know what you can put into the 🎒 bags you are bringing on board.

Check-In Baggage Restrictions Traveling By Air

Carry On Luggage Regulations

What can I take on board my flight that is acceptable? Have you had that expensive can of; body spray, perfume or even your nail clippers taken from you?

We have and it is frustrating to watch that pricey can of body spray for example, taken from your bag and thrown into a big barrel by airport security. 🤨 Yet, as you saw in the video above, barrels of items are confiscated out of carry on bags every day, at 🧭 airports worldwide.

A big reason is because people are still unsure of what they can or cannot take on board an ✈ airplane. I am going to try and shed a little light on the subject and hopefully you will have a better idea of what is acceptable and what is not.

Here goes, but remember, things are always changing!


Most major airlines do allow each passenger to take; 🧳 two pieces of carry on luggage. These are of course, size restricted pieces. Take a look at my recent update note below (Maximum Hand Luggage Size), for some new size limitation restrictions now in force with most major airlines.

Usually the second item is a; laptop with case, large camera case, large purse of some sort and/or duty–free purchases.

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Carry On Luggage Size Restrictions

Carry On Baggage Size Limit

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Items Must Fit Under The Seat – Or In the Storage Locker Above

Be sure to check with your chosen airline prior to departure, for their specific rules and regulations regarding carry on baggage.

* Note *

Airlines are always changing their rules for carry on items, so be sure to double check prior to travel with your airline. Many are now charging extra, for items taken on the plane, size limits and so on.

Be sure to visit your chosen airlines website, for more details or you can try calling the airlines directly. Good luck with that! 🙂

You should always put your; wallets, cash, traveler’s checks, personal identification and travel documents into your carry on. Never have these items leave your possession, while in transit. 

🚥 Do Not put any of the above listed items in your checked baggage! 🚥

While we’re talking about air travel, be sure to check out my latest post here on …

✈ Air Travel Theft, ✈

a shocking realization of theft, that is now a common occurrence taking place on flights.

Cabin Baggage Rules

Children May Take Their Own Carry On Baggage On Board

Restrictions For Carry On Bags

Children may also have their own personal carry on bags. With most major airlines now charging a fee for checked baggage, it’s easy to see why carry on is becoming more and more popular.

Pack light with only the things you {Will Use} on your trip, and you will soon discover the convenience of not having to endure those lengthy waits at the airport luggage turn styles. 🙂

Warning Sign

Because more and more people are not checking their luggage, we are finding that announcements are regularly made at the gate prior to boarding. Airline staff are asking people to check their carry on, as there is not enough room onboard the aircraft. 🙁

Carry On Baggage – What Is Allowed On Board The Aircraft?

Carry On Baggage Restrictions

For those passengers with infants or small children, diaper bags, strollers with limitations and special needs items are usually allowed, in addition to your normal allowance. Again, be sure to check with each individual airline prior to departure.

Carry On Liquid Rules

100 ml (3.4 oz) is the maximum allowable container size for liquids or gels in your carry on luggage. As well, these containers must be displayed in clear plastic bags, for easy viewing at airport security checkpoints.

It appears there may be some new changes to liquid or gel restrictions in the works, with new technology being introduced. Stay tuned!

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Carry On Luggage Regulations – Tip:

Ziplock or 🥪 sandwich bags work great and come in handy for many other uses as well, when traveling!

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Most stores now have specific isles set aside for typical toiletries and so forth, that are within the legal rules and sizes for carry on. These items include; soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, deodorants, shaving cream, beauty products and so on, very convenient for those short journeys.

Typical prohibited items include those; sharp, piercing or cutting objects for obvious security reasons. Such typical items include:

🚥 Razor blades and or straight razors

🚥 Knives of any length or size ( See Video Above for New Rules Effective 2014)

🚥 Box cutters, hatchets

🚥 Tools such as screwdrivers, drills, saws

🚥 Sports items like darts, skates, fishing tackle and boxes, crossbows and arrows and such.

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Air Travel Carry On Baggage Regulations – Update:

It was announced few seasons ago, that sharp tipped ✂ scissors and small pocket knives, are now allowed in your carry-on luggage.

Really? ❓

Again, it is best to check before your flight, to confirm if this strange rule is still in effect, or simply, don’t pack it in your carry on to be safe. Here is the general restriction allowance for this item:

Sharp-tipped scissors and small pocket knives with blades measuring 6 cm (2.4 in) or less, and all round-tipped scissors

There are also medical exceptions for syringes and needles, that are accompanied with printed prescriptions and so forth. 

Again, it is always best to check before departure with the airline you are traveling on. There are a couple of excellent travel information resource sites, with some very useful advice for North American traveler’s in regards to this topic.

I have included them below to check out;

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👮 Transport Security Administration 👮


🚥 Transportation Security Administration 🚥

Acceptable Food That Is Allowed To Be Carried On The Aircraft

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Now that most airlines are charging for meals in 💺 Economy Class, more and more people are choosing to bring their own meals, or snacks on board. I know we do, but haven’t always known just was is acceptable and what is not.

Below, is a short list of the more common carry on food items, that are permitted to be taken onto the aircraft. You can bring solid food in both carry-on and checked baggage. Examples of solid food products include;

meat, bread, fruits, vegetables, sandwiches, chips, cookies, cakes, muffins, granola bars, hard candies, cheese, nuts, crackers, chocolate bars and other similar food items.

With a little pre-travel planning and knowing what you can put into your carry on, will save you time, money and frustration at airport security.

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Carry On Rules Always Changing

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Numerous major airlines have made changes to carry-on luggage restrictions. With more and more passengers choosing to carry their luggage, rather then checking it in, you should now expect to be 🛑 stopped at the boarding gate, for having; over sized carry on luggage.

That large carry on you are used to bringing on board, may be checked and tagged at the gate!

🧳 Luggage sizes are starting to reduce in size from {51 linear inches}, down to {45 linear inches}. Check with your airline before travel to avoid unexpected surprises!

Carry On Bag Regulations – Update:

carry on bag and passport

The carry on bag dilemma continues. I know I continue to be frustrated with those overhead luggage bin hogs! 🐷

Airlines are working to try to solve this now, very serious issue. On a flight we took a short while ago, there was a representative from the airline, checking large carry-on luggage. She was doing this, just prior to us stepping onto the aircraft from the ramp.

I think that’s a great idea in many cases, as we’ve personally seen people bring way too much carry on with them onboard. They’re leaving no room in the overhead compartments for other paying passengers.

As well, the ✈ International Air Transport Association has suggested a; maximum size limit legislation for all airlines. Just in case and for those of you looking at purchasing new baggage, I would try to stick within their suggested limits;

🧳 “Suitcase with the maximum dimensions of {21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches} would be an optimum size” 🧳

So there you have it!

Do be sure to check with your individual carrier on what their limitations are and remember, carry on item restrictions seem to be changing; at a moments notice!

Carry On Baggage Regulations – Update

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The International Air Transport Association published guidelines for; smart luggage. These types of bags will need to have removable 🔋 batteries, in order to be checked in the cargo hold.

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In trying to keep up with the ever changing carry on luggage rules, I’ve included a ⛓ link below to a very reputable website. I have directed the ⛓ link, to their page that outlines some updated carry on size rules.

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