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Hand baggage rules

Size and weight hand baggage rules

As is the case with checked baggage (luggage that you check-in) the rules for hand baggage vary between airlines. But you can take the following weights and sizes into account for standard flights and standard commercial flights:

  • with most airlines, you are allowed to take a maximum of one piece of hand baggage with you
  • depending on the airline, the hand baggage may weigh between 5 to 14 kilos
  • if you do not want to take any risk, you are safest when your hand baggage weighs 8 to 10 kilos
  • The standard maximum sizes are 55x25x35 centimetres or 55x20x40 centimetres 

Examples of hand baggage are: backpacks, handbags trolleys, laptop bags and camera bags.

Too much baggage

Most airlines offer you the option of bringing additional baggage (more weight or more pieces of baggage) with you for an additional charge. But again every airline has its own rules. Airlines calculate the price by multiplying the extra kilos with a fixed fee per kilo or just a fixed fee per extra piece of luggage. Please note that taking extra baggage with you is quite expensive. It's usually cheaper to transport your suitcase with freight in such cases. This is perhaps a less pleasant and less secure-feeling way to transport your personal belongings, but certainly cheaper. 

Hand baggage rules London Heathrow: The rules mentioned above vary between airlines and are not set by the airport. Rules that Heathrow or other airports set have mainly to do with taking liquids in your hand baggage. 

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