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With so many airlines, it’s very easy to get confused about the baggage allowances

Between the low cost airlines and traditional airlines, like British Airways or FlyBe, there are many differences when it comes to bag dimensions and weight limits.

Keep reading to see what you can bring aboard British Airways flights or check out other airlines’ luggage size and weight limits here.

british airways baggage allowance

Cabin Luggage

You are allowed one main piece of hand luggage and one personal item (e.g. laptop, handbag). The main piece of cabin luggage can weigh up to 23 kg and have the maximum dimensions of 56 x 45 x 25 cm, including handles, pockets, and wheels. Bag gauges are provided at check-in where you can measure your cabin luggage.

The one piece of personal hand luggage (laptop or handbag) must be fit under the seat in front of you and can have the maximum dimensions of 45 x 36 x 20 cm.

If you are traveling with an infant (under the age of 2), you are allowed one bag per infant. Find more information about infant baggage allowances here.

Hand Baggage Only Fare

British Airways offers a special hand baggage only fare for London Gatwick routes to UK domestic and European shorthaul flights. With this special fare, BA passengers do not have a checked baggage allowance included in the price of their ticket, but still have the same cabin luggage allowance of one main piece of hand luggage and one personal item.

Liquids in Cabin Luggage

There are several rules regarding what can be included in your cabin luggage and what should be left at home. Keep in mind that the word “liquid” encompasses a broader meaning than you might first think. For example lipsticks, hand creams, and deodorants are also considered in this context.

The Rules:

  • The liquid must be in a container that has a volume no larger than 100 ml. You can not carry on larger containers even if they are mostly empty.
  • All liquid containers must be stored in a 1 liter size transparent plastic bag. The bag must be able to zip shut and can not have dimensions larger than 20 x 20 cm.
  • You must take the bag out of your hand luggage to show at the security check at the airport.

Checked Luggage*

The number of checked items and weight depends on the class of travel, but all baggage must have the maximum dimensions of 90 x 75 x 43 cm.

  • First Club World Biz Bed (Business): up to 3 bags at 32 kg each (no heavy bag charge will be applied)
  • Club Europe (Business): up to 2 bags at 32 kg each (no heavy bag charge will be applied)
  • World Traveler Plus (Premium Economy): up to 2 bags at 23 kg each
  • World Traveler Y Class (full-fare Economy): up to 2 bags at 23 kg each
  • World Traveler Euro Traveler Domestic Eco (Economy): 1 bag at 23 kg

*These allowances apply to all flights except to/from Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and connections between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada

We hope that these tips were helpful and you have a smooth next British Airways flight!

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  • Mesut Milat

    Normally, we are allowed one main piece of hand luggage (max23 kg), one checked luggage (max23kg) and one personel item (handbag, backpack or briefcase). Totally 46 kg+personel item,right?

  • Crif Johnson

    Great suggestions shared. Thanks alot.

  • Meniel

    Can you tell me baggage allowance for British Airways travelling from YVR to CDG (economy class) I think you are allowed only 1 checked baggage, right?

  • Hilarius fernandes

    Hi, what should be the weight of the hand bag in kgs which we carry in the flight excluding the 23 kgs 2 bags each by luggage.what is the total weight in kgs we will be able to carry by British Airways from Abu dhabi to Canada ontario.

  • P R SUNDARESAN

    can we have check in luggage without trolley wheels/

    • Hi P R, Not sure what you are asking exactly, could you clarify?

    • disqus

      short answer, yes. Just bear in mind that wheels are included in size of cases given on British Airways site

  • Ash J Krishnan

    Hi have booked a flt with your selves from malta to uk, what is the allowance for the luggage please?

    • disqus

      google British Airways baggage allowances and is very easy site to follow giving weights and sizes of luggage for cabin luggage and hold luggage.
      Good luck

  • Sally

    If travelling from Gatwick to Algiers by Business class how many bags & what is the max total weight please can one person can take? .
    My student has been in the Uk for 3 months & has purchase lots , we call her shopaholic… Please can you confirm the weight & how many bags

  • Bill

    I’m travelling to Benidorm on a BA charter flight for Thomson Holidays and I have been told that my allowance is only 20Kg. Is this correct?

    • Hi @disqus_FWRLOKcOyb:disqus, According to the Thomson Holidays website:
      “You’re entitled to a 15kg baggage allowance on our package holidays.
      Certain types of holiday come with a bigger allowance of 20kg – this is
      clearly shown whilst you’re booking if it applies.”
      If you’re not completely sure it doesn’t hurt to double check directly with them 🙂 Here’s their contact page: https://www.thomson.co.uk/editorial/legal/contact-us-package-holidays.html

      • Bill

        Thanks Chelsea, that’s put my mind at ease

  • Leandro Branco

    how big in cm are the bags of 20 cm for thomson?

    • Hi @leandrobranco:disqus ! Bit confused… 😛 20cm to inches or 20 inches to cm?

      • disqus

        2.54 cm per inch so multiply 20 = 50.8 inches (approx. 51)

  • Rachel Polancos

    I’ll be traveling this month from Holland to Goa, India with British airways via London, Heathrow, change plane (still BA) to Mumbai and from Mumbai thru Jet Airways to Goa. How many kilograms of hand baggage am I allowed to carry?

  • G. B Amooti – MALPC

    I am a catholic priest travelling back to Uganda, with one checked luggage max 20kg, hand luggage and mass-kit 8 kg. I traveled with them on Fly-be from Dundee to London Stansted. Is it okey with BA?

  • Ras Masood

    plz specifically is it correct that on a flight to kolkata from Boston via mumbau take two checked in baggage’s measuring 90x75x33cm weighing 23 kg each Besides the carry on baggage as allowed

    • Hi, Ras. Thank you for your query. The number of checked baggage and the weight of the baggage depends on the class of travel. Please refer to the blog portion “Checked Luggage” for more details. Also, for baggage dimensions, you are correct. We hope you enjoy your trip!

  • keith

    Hi, I’m flying Brazil to Barcelona with BA, can you tell me what is my checked luggage allowance please? Thank you.

  • sabitha

    1. BA 276 K 15JAN
    HYDLHR HK1 0655 1210 O*

    2. BA 205 K 15JAN LHRMIA HK1 1450
    2000 O*

    3. AA 922
    K 15JAN MIALPB HK1 2354 #0731 O

    as per the above flight details what will be the baggage allowance

  • Mathukar.C

    Hi, I am Traveling to Halifax, CANADA from HYDERABAD, INDIA in Economy class. Please mention how much luggage can i carry ( Cabin luggage + Check In Luggage)

    • Hi, Mathukar. You are allowed one cabin bag and one personal bag on your British Airways flight. Cabin baggage may not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and your personal bag must not be larger than: 45cm x 36cm x 20cm. You are also allowed 1 bag for your checked baggage allowance, a max of 23kg. We hope that was helpful. Happy travels!

  • Simi Harnal

    Hi, I m travelling from Chennai to Chicago, how much in check in n how much in cabin Baggage s allowed for economy tkt

    • Hi Simi, thanks for reaching out to us with your inquiry. British Airways allows passengers that fly on economy to have 2 checked bags, up to 23kg and one carry-on luggage that must not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22in x 18in x 10in) including handles, pockets and wheels. We hope you have a great holiday!

      • Simi Harnal

        thanks Maite…for the prompt reply………thanks again …

  • Chintan Pandya

    I am travelling to London from Mumbai on 2nd April through BA0198 flight. I wanted to know in checked in luggage can I take 2 bags with total weight upto 23 kg or I am allowed only 1 bag totaling 23 kg.

    • Hi Chintan. Thanks for writing. The baggage allowance depends on your class of travel. If you are travelling premium or full fare economy, you can have 2 bags at 23 kg each. If you are travelling domestic eco, you are allowed 1 bag of up to 23kg. And of course, maximum dimensions are all: 90 x 75 x 43 cm. Thanks and safe travels!

  • t rajagopal

    What is the maximum check in luggage and hand baggage for student from India to USA by British Airways.

  • Priya Anbu

    Hi, What are the Indian food items not allowed to carry…we should not carry dals???

  • Ralph

    I am a student travelling from Mumbai to Rochester. My 2 check-in bags are weighing 23.4 and 23.2 kgs. Will I be charged for the little extra weight I am carrying? Please advice.

  • Fred Bravo

    My wife will be traveling from Las Vegas to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia via London on economy. Exactly how many luggage check in and carry on bag and max weight is she allowed.

    • Hi, as mentioned on our blog post, you’re allowed to bring onboard: 1 handbag of up to 40cm x 30cm x 15cm/16in x 12in x 6in and 1 additional cabin bag of up to 56cm x 45cm x 25cm/22in x 18in x 10in. The maximum weight per bag is up to 23kg/51lb and you must be able to lift it into the overhead locker by yourself.

      For checked luggage, 1 bag at 23 kg of up to 90 x 75 x 43 cm.

      • Fred Bravo

        How come I’m allowed 2 check baggage with BA with my up coming flight Economy fare?

    • Fred Bravo

      How come I’m allowed 2 check baggages with BA with my up coming flight this Dec from Riyadh to Las Vegas Econmy flight and my wife you said only one check bag?

  • Niveditha Reddy

    Hi ,I m travelling from HYD To Montreal on 2nd Sept in BA can u plz tell me the cabin bag allowance .

    • Hi, as mentioned on our blog post, you’re allowed to bring 1 handbag of up to 40cm x 30cm x 15cm/16in x 12in x 6in and 1 additional cabin bag of up to 56cm x 45cm x 25cm/22in x 18in x 10in. The maximum weight per bag is up to 23kg/51lb and you must be able to lift it into the overhead locker by yourself.

  • Kush Dakh

    I am traveling to London Heathrow airport from Mumbai,India and I am a student so how many bags are allowed and of what weight?

  • Brett Dawson

    I paid for extra baggage on a British Airways flight to the U.K from Australia and I want to know how to confirm it ? Does this allow me another 23kg?

  • Raviro Mukono

    my booking states that i am allowed 2 x 23 kgs checked luggage.How does it work if its one bag exceeding 23kgs but not more than 46kgs 🙂

  • Mohan sankar PV

    Am planning to travel by british air ways by economy class this month. How many bags in cabin and for check in are allowed and what is the weight of each bag ?

  • Rajesh Shet

    Hi, I am travelling from Bangalore to Stuttgart via London. As per the hand luggage rules I am allowed to carry a bag of dimensions 56*45*25. Is there any restriction on getting a rucksack of this dimension or should it be specifically a hand baggage

  • Hi, my wife will be traveling to USA from Chennai along with my 2 years old daughter. Is it possible to checkin the hand baggage too? If so will there be any charges for it?

  • Ravi Chander

    Hi Friends,

    My checked luggage size is 48 x 77 x 33 cms(American Tourister 77Cm Hugo Grey Soft Luggage Strolley). Could someone advise if this luggage is considered as normal(free) in British Airlines.

    Thanks,
    Ravi

  • Thomas

    I contacted the team several times in order to add an additional bag to my booking. they gave me unreachable phone no. and none of the team support could get me solutions. web page very complicated to read

  • VB

    Nice baggage allowance of British airways (https://www.voyagesbooth.com/airlines/british-airways.html); 1 piece of hand bag, 1 personal item, main cabin luggage and 1-3 checked-in baggage.

  • Sarin Patro

    What about connecting flight between India and USA? How many check in bag allowed?

  • parveen bhatnagar

    I am travelling from Delhi to Heathrow. Pls tell how many baggages are allowed and how many kg

  • joney

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  • TomCruise

    Being a traveler would like to say that this is a useful blogs for all travelers.

  • Malihe Pourkarim

    Hi, I want ask you about bagage.
    How much can I tacke with me when I travel to Teheran?
    Is it true that I can take with me 23 kg totaly? ( I mean hand bagage and cabin bagage)
    Can you explaine more about that!

  • monika bajaj

    if two persons r travelling one adult and one is of 13 years old. How much baggage is allowed in british airways economy class from new delhi india to london uk.

  • aleksandra nikitina

    I’ll be traveling to Moscow from Edinburgh through Heatrow airport with BA. Is checked baggage included? It’s economy euro and world traveller ticket.
    Thanks!

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