Cabin Baggage

Cabin Baggage or Carry-on Allowances

All passengers flying with us can bring a carry-on bag onboard and one personal item such a satchel or a bag for devices. Below are cabin baggage allowances on Air India flights for both domestic and international travel.


Height55.8 cm (22 inches)
Length35.5 cm (14 inches)
Width25.4 cm (10 inches)

Please ensure the total dimensions of the bag do not exceed 114.98 cm (45.27 inches).

Baggage Size

Number of pieces and weight


Economy ClassBusiness and First Class
Number of pieces11
Weight8 kg (17.6 lbs)12 kg (26.4 lbs)
Charges for extra baggage
  • INR 500 per kg for domestic sectors
  • USD 40 per kg for US, UK, EUR, Australia, and Canada sectors
  • USD 15 per kg for all other international sectors
Not allowedBaggage weighing more than 10 kg (22 lbs) 


Star Gold customers can carry only one piece of hand baggage as per the security regulations in India.

Additional allowance for personal items

In addition to one piece of cabin baggage, travellers may also be permitted to carry one of the following personal items, subject to security regulations:

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

Carrying liquids

More than 100 ml of liquids, gels, or aerosols must not be carried in the hand baggage. Medicines, inhalers accompanied by prescriptions, and baby food are excluded from this list. These items should be carried in one clear transparent re-sealable, one litre plastic bag and are subject to prescribed screening and security checks.

Make sure your hand baggage does not have more than 100 ml of these liquids:

  • Beverages
  • Toiletries such as shampoos, toothpaste, sunscreen, and moisturisers
  • Hair gels and sprays
  • Liquid cosmetics or any other items of similar consistency

Please check local regulations before you pack your hand baggage.

Sikh travellers carrying kirpan

Sikh passengers on flights with both points of origin and destination within India, are permitted to carry a kirpan with them. The length of the kirpan, including blade and handle, must not exceed 22.86 cm (9 inches).

The length of the blade must be at most 15.24 cm (6 inches), and the handle not more than 7.62 cm (3 inches).

Passengers cannot take the kirpan as hand baggage or on their person on any international or domestic flights operating from an international terminal security hold area.

Batteries in cabin baggage

  • Passengers can carry battery cells in their hand baggage for any electrical or electronic items.
  • 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. These batteries must be packed individually to prevent short circuits. Each traveller is limited to a maximum of 20 spare batteries.

While travelling to or from canada

Your journey between Canada and India may include travel on an Air India codeshare flight operated by Air Canada. Each operating carrier determines rules for carry-on baggage and Air Canada’s allowance may differ from ours. Read all about Air Canada’s carry-on baggage allowance here.

Carriage of 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.

As per the Transport Security Administration, US Department of Homeland Security, carriage of powder-like substances in hand baggage by passengers travelling to destinations across the US is subject to the following conditions:

Here are the rules for carrying powder or powder-like substances in the hand baggage:

  • The cabin baggage can carry medical powder-like substances, baby formula, and human remains (up to 350ml 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 checked-in baggage and transported in the baggage hold area of the aircraft.

Restricted items that cannot be carried on as cabin baggage

While most power banks can be carried as hand baggage, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cannot be checked-in or carried onboard the aircraft as carry-on.

To learn more about the ban on carriage of lithium battery powered self-balancing devices, click here.

Here’s the list of other restricted items that you cannot carry as cabin baggage:

  • Drones
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)
  • Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)