With Ryanair announcing a second big hand baggage allowance change in a year, it’s hard to keep track of what you can or can’t take onboard the aircraft with you. We know that when travelling with just hand baggage, you need as much space and weight as possible, and having the ability to take a laptop bag with you too can be invaluable. We’ve made comparing airlines easy with this table of all the top airlines and their current* hand baggage allowances – dimensions and weights.

Quick summary:

BA, EasyJet and Jet2 have the most generous dimensions whilst Ryanair clearly sits at the bottom in terms of size of bag, even if you pay the additional £6 for a 10kg bag.

Hand luggage dimensions (LxHxW)

Hand luggage weight

Personal item/handbag/laptop?

Aer Lingus

55x40x24cm

10kg

Yes

Aeroflot

55x40x25cm

10kg

Yes

Air Asia

56x36x23cm

7kg combined weight

Yes

Air France

55x35x25cm

12-18kg combined weight depending on ticket type

Yes

British Airways

56x45x25cm (cabin bag)

23kg combined

Yes (40x30x15cm)

Delta

56x35x23cm

No weight restrictions (except for some China routes)

Yes

EasyJet

56x45x25cm

No limit

No

Emirates

55x38x20cm

7kg

No

Etihad Airways

50x40x25cm

7kg for cabin bag + 5kg for personal item

yes

FlyBe

55x35x20cm

Combined weight must not exceed 10kg

yes

Jet2

56x45x25cm

10kg combined weight

yes

KLM

55x35x25cm

12kg combined weight

yes

Lufthansa

55x40x23cm

8kg

No

Norwegian

55x40x23cm

10kg combined weight

Yes

Qantas

2 x 115cm (45in) bags or 1 x 115cm (45in) bag plus 1 x 185cm (73in) non rigid garment bag (First/Business/Premium Economy) 1 x 115cm (45in) bag . OR . 1 x 185cm (73in) non rigid garment bag (Economy)

7kg per piece

Yes

Ryanair

40x20x25cm for free and 42x20x30cm for priority customers

No limit on the small bag, 10kg limit on paid larger bag

Yes

Thomas Cook

55x40x20cm

6kg

Yes

TUI Airways

55x40x20cm

5kg

No

Turkish Airlines

55x40x23cm

8kg

No

Virgin Atlantic

56x36x23cm

10kg

Yes

Vueling Airlines

55x40x20cm

10kg combined weight

Yes

Wizz Air

55x40x23cm

10kg

No