Cabin Baggage

Cabin Baggage or Carry-on Allowances

Planning to fly with us soon? Then, here’s what you need to know about what is permitted onboard and what is not. You can bring a carry-on bag and a personal item, such as a satchel for your devices. To avoid any hassle, we recommend checking the dimensions, weight, items allowed onboard, and excess baggage charges before packing.

Dimensions of the cabin baggage (international and domestic)

Height55 cm/21.6 in
Length40 cm/15.7 in
Width20 cm/7.8 in

Note: Ensure that the total dimensions of the bag do not exceed 115 cm /45.27 in.

Baggage Size

Number of pieces allowed (international and domestic)

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Economy ClassBusiness and First Class
Number of pieces11

Note: If you are a Star Gold member, you may carry only one piece of hand baggage in compliance with Indian security regulations.

Weights and charges for extra baggage (international and domestic)

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Economy ClassPremium economy

Business and First Class
Weight8 kg/17.6 lb10 kg (22 lbs) for all flights12 kg/26.4 lb
Charges for extra baggage
  • INR 500 per kg for domestic sectors
  • USD 40 per kg for US, UK, Europe, Australia, and Canada sectors
  • USD 15 per kg for all other international sectors
  

Note: If your cabin baggage weighs more than 10 kg/22 lb, it cannot be carried. You may need to check it in as additional baggage, subject to extra charges.

Carry personal items as additional allowance

Here's a list of personal items that offer you the freedom to travel with ease, whether you're travelling with your little one or embarking on a productive workcation:

  • Handbag
  • Overcoat or wrap
  • Rug or blanket
  • Camera or binoculars
  • Umbrella (folding kind only)
  • Medicines required onboard such as inhalers
  • Laptop
  • Reasonable amount of reading material

For passengers flying with infants:

  • Food for the flight
  • Feeding bottles
  • Carry-on tote for food and bottles

For passengers requiring assistance:

  • Collapsible wheelchair
  • Crutches or braces
  • Walking stick

Note: Permission for carriage of personal items is subject to security regulations

Guidelines for carrying unsafe and risky items

Unsafe items for cabin baggage

As a passenger, it is your responsibility to ensure that hazardous or unsafe items are not carried in your cabin baggage. Please refer to the following list of such items to guarantee your safety on board:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7
  • Lithium battery-powered self-balancing devices
  • Drones 
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)
  • Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Carrying liquids

  • Avoid carrying liquids, gels, or aerosols over 100 ml as hand baggage. Examples of such items include:
    • Beverages
    • Toiletries such as shampoos, toothpaste, sunscreen, and moisturisers
    • Hair gels and spray
    • Liquid cosmetics or any other items of similar consistency
  • Medicines and inhalers with prescriptions and baby food are an exception. These items should, however, be carried in a clear, transparent, re-sealable one litre plastic bag. You will also need to comply with the prescribed screening and security checks to ensure safety.
  • It is also advisable to check the local regulations of the country you are travelling to and from before you pack your hand baggage.

Carrying kirpan

As a Sikh passenger, you can bring your kirpan onboard flights within India, as long as the total length of the blade and handle does not exceed 22 cm/9 in. The blade alone must not be longer than 15 cm/6 in, and the handle should be no more than 7 cm/3 in.

You cannot however carry a kirpan on you or as carry-on baggage while travelling on any international or domestic flights operating from an international terminal's Security Hold Area (SHA).

Carrying batteries

  • You can carry battery cells for any electrical or electronic items as hand baggage.
  • Spare or loose batteries, including lithium-ion ones for portable electronic devices, must be carried in hand baggage only.
  • For lithium-metal batteries, the lithium metal content must not exceed 2 g.
  • For lithium-ion batteries, the Watt-hour rating must not exceed 100 Wh.
  • Power banks are considered spare batteries. They must be packed individually to prevent short circuits. You can only carry a maximum of 2 spare batteries with you.

Carrying powder-like substances on US-bound flights

Powder-like substances are fine dry particles produced by grinding, crushing, or disintegrating solid substances (for example, flour, sugar, ground coffee, spices, powdered milk such as baby formula, and cosmetics), including powders in clumpy, grainy, or compressed forms.

The Transport Security Administration (TSA), US Department of Homeland Security, allows the carriage of powder-like substances in hand baggage when you are travelling to destinations across the US. It is subject to the following conditions:

  • The cabin baggage can carry medical powder-like substances, baby formula, and human remains (up to 350 ml or larger).
  • Duty-free powder containers inside a properly sealed Secure Tamper Evident Bag (STEB) may be allowed through the checkpoint.
  • Powder-like substances of any quantity may be placed in the check-in baggage and transported in the baggage hold area of the aircraft.

Carry-on baggage policy while travelling to or from Canada

Note that every airline has different rules for carry-on baggage. Air Canada's allowance may differ from ours. For Air India codeshare flights operated by Air Canada on your Canada-India route, check their website for carry-on baggage rules.