You’re usually allowed to take 3 types of baggage: checked baggage, cabin baggage, and a personal item.
Checked baggage is transported in the cargo hold, while your cabin baggage and personal item stay with you in the cabin.
Baggage allowance depends on each carrier — some itineraries include free checked and cabin baggage, others might only offer a single personal item per passenger.
Sign in to your trip or check your e-ticket to see your baggage allowance. When you book a new trip, you’ll see the allowance under each passenger.
You can also add other items that don't fit into the regular checked baggage — e.g., musical or sports equipment or an additional baby equipment. For more information, go here.
Checked baggage is also referred to as hold or cargo luggage. It's usually a suitcase with linear dimensions up to 158cm, and weight from 15 to 30kg.
It’s the baggage that is transported in the cargo hold of the aircraft. You have to check it in and then pick it up after landing.
Checking your baggage in
You have to take this baggage to the check-in desk of your airline. The airline staff will weigh it and send it to the aircraft.
At some airports, there is also a dedicated baggage drop area. If you are already checked in, you can skip the line at the check-in desk and leave your baggage here.
Picking up your baggage
You can pick up the baggage at the baggage claim area after you land. Look for the belt with your flight number.
If you have a self-transfer between flights, you need to collect and recheck the baggage between these flights.
If your connections are covered by the airline, they'll automatically transfer your baggage between the connecting flights.
Cabin baggage is also known as carry-on or hand luggage. It can be a backpack or a small suitcase.
Cabin baggage is usually included for free, but this is not a rule. Some carriers do not offer it at all or they will charge you to add it.
You take it through security into the plane and keep it with you — either under the seat or in the overhead compartment.
COVID-19 safety measures
Some carriers are temporarily adjusting their cabin baggage policies to reduce physical contact between travelers and their belongings. Cabin bags that don't fit under the seat on board need to be checked in. Please check the details on the webpage of the carrier(s) before traveling.
It's generally best to keep your valuables in your cabin baggage. There are, however, limitations on the amount of liquids you can carry and there are also some prohibited items which you cannot carry into the cabin.
You can take a personal item in most itineraries. This usually refers to a smaller piece of cabin baggage, which you can bring for free.
You’ll also take it through security into the plane and keep it with you for the whole trip.
It can be, for example, one of these items:
- Small backpack or handbag
- Camera bag
- Laptop case
Your coat, scarf, or wallet are not counted as personal items. You can even take them if there’s no personal item allowance in your itinerary.