The “Strictly Carry-On” Challenge… The Numbers




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The “Strictly Carry-On” Challenge… The Facts
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CARRY-ON
(AVERAGE AUTHORIZED)
PERSONAL ITEM
(AVERAGE AUTHORIZED)

(See note)
SIZE:
22″ x 14″ x 9″
(L+W+D=45″)
56 cm x 35.5 cm x 23 cm
(L+W+D=114 cm)
SIZE:
15″ x 10″ x 5 to 9″
(L+W+D=30-35″)
38 cm x 25 cm x 13 to 23 cm
(L+W+D=76 to 86 cm)
WEIGHT:
15-22 lbs
with exceptions up to 26 lbs
7-10 kgs
with exceptions up to 12 kgs
WEIGHT:
Rarely specified, but
generally less than the
carry-on allowance
VOLUME:
40-45 liters
2440-2745 cubic inches
VOLUME: 10-20 liters
(610-1220 cubic inches)
but mostly 12-14 liters
(732-854 cubic inches)
TOTAL AVERAGE COMBINED:
About 52-57 liters total (3173-3478 cubic inches)
with rare exceptions above 60 liters (3661 cubic inches)
NOTE:
For the “average” personal item, I used an Adidas “Airliner” bag
(14.5″ x 10.5″ x 5″ / 37 cm x 27 cm x 12 cm – approx. 12 liters capacity)
as a reference
ROOMY vs SQUEEZED
MOST GENEROUS AIRLINESMOST “LIMITED” AIRLINES
British Airways
(total: approx. 95 liters)
Ethiopian Airlines
(total: approx. 19 liters)
LAN
(total: approx. 78 liters)
Egypt Air
(total: approx.: 41 liters)
Air Canada & United
(approx. 70-71 liters)
Qantas
(approx. 48 liters)

CARRY-ON ALLOWANCES BY AIRLINE

Pers. it. = Personal item
Vol. = Volume (L x W x D = volume in inches converted in liters)

AIRLINELUGGAGELength
( L )
Width
( W )
Depth
( D )
TOTAL
L+W+D
WEIGHT/
VOL.
AERO MEXICOCarry-on:
Pers. it.:
22″
See 1
14″
See 1
9″
See 1
45″
See 1
10 kg/45 l
n/a
AIR ALGERIECarry-on:
Pers. it.:
n/a
See 1
n/a
See 1
n/a
See 1
45″
See 1
n/a
n/a
AIR ASIACarry-on:
Pers. it.:
22″
See 1
14″
See 1
9″
See 1
45″
See 1
7 kg/45 l
n/a
AIR CANADACarry-on:
Pers. it.:
21.5″
17″
15.7″
13″
9″
6″
46.2″
36″
10 kg/50 l
10 kg/21 l
AIR FRANCECarry-on:
Pers. it.:
21.5″
See 1
13.7″ 
See 1
9.8″
See 1
45″
See 1
n/a / 47 l
n/a
AIR INDIACarry-on:
Pers. it.:
22″
See 1
20″
See 1
16″
See 1
58″
See 1
8 kg/115 l
n/a
AMERICAN
AIRLINES
Carry-on:
Pers. it.:
22″
n/a
14″
n/a
9″
n/a
45″
36″
n/a / 45 l
n/a
AVIANCACarry-on:
Pers. it.:
21″
See 1
15.7″
See 1
7.8″
See 1
44.5″
See 1
10 kg/42 l
n/a
BRITISH
AIRWAYS
Carry-on:
Pers. it.:
22″
17″
18″
14″
10″
7.8″
50″
30.8″
n/a / 65 l
n/a / 30 l
BRUSSELSCarry-on:
Pers. it.:
21.5″
See 1
15.7″
See 1
9″
See 1
46.2″
See 1
12 kg/50 l
n/a
CATHAY
PACIFIC
Carry-on:
Pers. it.:
22″
See 1
14″
See 1
9″
See 1
45″
See 1
7 kg/45 l
n/a
DELTACarry-on:
Pers. it.:
22″
See 1
14″
See 1
9″
See 1
45″
See 1
n/a / 45 l
n/a
EGYPT AIRCarry-on:
Pers. it.:
20″
See 1
12″
See 1
7.4″
See 1
39.4″
See 1
8 kg/29 l
n/a
EMIRATESCarry-on:
Pers. it.:
22″
none
15″
none
8″
none
45″
See 2
7 kg/43 l
none
ETHIOPIAN
AIRLINES
Carry-on:
Pers. it.:
n/a
See 1
n/a
See 1
n/a
See 1
45″
See 1
7 kg
n/a
LANCarry-on:
Pers. it.:
21.5″
17.7″
13.7″
13.7″
9.8″
7.8″
45″
39.2″
8 kg/47 l
n/a / 31 l
LUFTHANSACarry-on:
Pers. it.:
21.5″
15.7″
15.7″
11.8″
9″
3″
46.2″
30.5″
8 kg/50 l
n/a / 9 l
QANTASCarry-on:
Pers. it.:
19″
See 1
13″
See 1
9″
See 1
41″
See 1
7 kg/36 l
n/a
QATAR
AIRWAYS
Carry-on:
Pers. it.:
20″
See 1
15″
See 1
10″
See 1
45″
S
ee 1
7 kg/49 l
n/a
ROYAL AIR
MAROC
Carry-on:
Pers. it.:
n/a
See 1
n/a
See 1
n/a
See 1
45″
See 1
10 kg
n/a
ROYAL
JORDANIAN
Carry-on:
Pers. it.:
20″
See 1
16″
See 1
9″
See 1
45″
See 1
7 kg/47 l
n/a
SOUTH AFRICAN
AIRWAYS
Carry-on:
Pers. it.:
22″
See 1
14″
See 1
9″
See 1
45″
See 1
8 kg/45 l
n/a
SWISSCarry-on:
Pers. it.:
21.5″
15.5″
15.7″
11.8″
9″
3.9″
46.2″
31.2″
8 kg/50 l
n/a / 11 l
UNITEDCarry-on:
Pers. it.:
22″
17″
14″
10″
9″
9″
45″
36″
n/a / 45 l
n/a / 25 l
US AIRWAYSCarry-on:
Pers. it.:
22″
See 1
14″
See 1
9″
See 1
45″
See 1
n/a / 45 l
n/a
VIRGIN
ATLANTIC
Carry-on:
Pers. it.:
22″
none
14″
none
9″
none
45″
See 2
10 kg/45 l
none
WEST JETCarry-on:
Pers. it.:
21″
16″
15″
13″
9″
6″
45″
35″
n/a / 48 l
n/a / 20 l
1. One (1) small personal item allowed (small laptop bag OR purse OR briefcase OR small camera bag OR one similar item)
2. No “personal item” allowance as per last verification on the airlines’ website

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About Edith B 285 Articles
I visited 16 countries to this day, more than half solo. Born and raised in Matane, I earned a Bachelor Degree in Journalism from the Université du Québec à Montréal. I launched "The Plus-Size Backpacker" in 2013. I also authored "The Ultimate Guide to Plus-Size Backpacking", released in 2016. My purpose? Finding solutions to the challenges faced by plus-size female travelers.

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