Cabin Luggage Size: A Guide to Hand Baggage Restrictions for Indian Travellers

Travelling the world, exploring new countries and cities, trying sumptuous cuisines, and strolling on uncharted pathways are what wanderlust dreams are made of. But as you live this dream, you need to hop in and out of aircraft. The number of airlines servicing destinations around the globe has increased tremendously, so travelling is a lot easier now. However, all airlines have rules that you must follow to ensure a stress-free flight experience. One of these is staying within the limits of the luggage size and weight requirements.

Here are all the details regarding the permissible cabin luggage size that you can carry on a plane.
a) Cabin Luggage size: All airlines have fixed limits for cabin bag size and weight. As a passenger, you must adhere to this limit, or the airline authorities can disallow you from boarding the flight. The airline may also charge you extra if you exceed the weight and size dimensions.

b) Types of luggage bags: You can carry different types of luggage bags into the flight as long as you follow the rules and stay within the allowed limits. Most flights allow travel bags like a backpack, a luggage bag, a duffle bag, a handbag, etc.

c) Domestic cabin Luggage Allowance in India:
Here’s a table of domestic cabin luggage allowance in flights operating out of India:
Name of the airline Type of bag allowed Weight of the bag Dimensions of the bad in cm Indigo 1 cabin bag 7 kg 56 x 35 x 25 cm Go Air 1 cabin bag 7 kg 55 x 35 x 25 cm JET Airways 1 cabin bag 7 kg 55 x 35 x 25 cm for Boeing 50 x 40 x 20 cm for others Spice Jet 1 cabin bag 7 kg 55 x 35 x 25 cm for Boeing 50 x 40 x 23 cm for others Air India 1 cabin bag 8 kg 55 x 35 x 25 cm for Boeing 50 x 40 x 20 cm for others Air India Express 1 cabin bag 8 kg 55 x 35 x 25 cm for Boeing 50 x 40 x 20 cm for others Vistara 1 cabin bag 7 kg 55 x 40 x 20 cm Air Asia 1 cabin and 1 personal item 7 kg 56 x 36 x 23 cm 40 x 30 x 10 cm Alliance Air 1 cabin bag 8 kg 55 x 35 x 25 cm for Boeing 50 x 40 x 20 cm for others TruJet 1 cabin bag 7 kg 50 x 45 x 20 cm

d) What are the Cabin Luggage Acceptance criteria?
Here are the cabin luggage acceptance criteria:
1. The dimensions of your bag must meet the criteria specified by the airline you are travelling in. You can measure the same at the airport before you proceed to check-in. If the cabin bag size exceeds the prescribed limits, you will be asked to check in your bag. 2. The cabin luggage is allowed only if the airline has enough space in the overhead bin or under the seat. If there is no space in the plane, the airline authorities can ask you to remove your bag and place it along with other check-in luggage.

e) Excess Cabin Bag: The following items are not considered as excess cabin luggage:
 Clothing items like a coat, jacket, shawl, or blanket
 Books or magazines
 Small women’s purse
 An umbrella
 Crutches or a walking stick
 Camera or binoculars
 A baby’s basket
 Duty-free items bought in the airport on the day of the flight
However, all other items will be weighed, and if your cabin luggage is more than the allowed limit, the airline will charge you extra money.
f) Ways to take more Baggage and avoid unexpected fees:
Here are some ways to add more baggage without paying high fees:
Pick a light bag: Travel bags have a weight of their own too. If the items that you are carrying are heavy, pick a bag made of light but durable material. This will reduce the overall weight.

Pack smartly: Items like denim, leather, etc., are heavier than cotton and linen. Instead of packing bulkier clothing, wear them. This way, you will be able to carry your favourite clothes and not pay any extra fee for them.

Check in early: Checking in early can also help you in some ways. If the counter is empty, you are more likely to be able to negotiate with the airline staff. However, if the counter is bustling with long queues, the airline staff will be in a hurry to check in passengers and will not be open to negotiating.

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Remember to pack smart and check the rules and regulations of the airlines before you board the flight!