Whether you're travelling light or packing for a long trip, we know there are some things you'll want with you on the plane. That's why all of our flights include a generous free hand baggage allowance.
We offer one of the most generous free hand baggage allowances of any airline, so you’ll never be short of space for all those travel essentials you like to fly with.
|Passenger||1 x cabin bag||1 x personal bag|
|Adults (12 and over)|
|Infants (under 2)|
(only for items they may require during the flight)
|1 x cabin bag||1 x personal bag|
|56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22in x 18in x 10in) including handles, pockets and wheels.||45cm x 36cm x 20cm (18in x 14in x 8in) including handles, pockets and wheels.|
You must be able to lift your cabin bag into the overhead locker by yourself.
Your personal bag must be placed under the seat in front of you when travelling in:
Except when seated in an exit row or bulkhead seat
(at the front of the cabin).
These hand baggage allowances apply equally on our hand baggage only fares, our best value fares for when you want to travel light and make a quick getaway from the airport. You get the same great British Airways service but without a checked baggage allowance or free seat selection.
Hand baggage only is available on all direct British Airways shorthaul flights.
Our franchise partners Comair and SUN-AIR of Scandinavia are independent airlines that use British Airways branding and flight codes across their networks. Comair operates across southern Africa while SUN-AIR operates across northern Europe. The aircraft they use are smaller than those of our own fleet and so their baggage allowances are smaller.
|Operating carrier||Flight numbers||Baggage allowance||Maximum weight||Size restrictions|
56cm x 36cm x 23cm
45cm x 36cm x 20cm
|SUN-AIR||BA8200-8299||1 bag||6kg (13lb)|
45cm x 36cm x 20cm
(18in x 14in x 8in)
If your journey includes connecting flights between different airlines, one hand baggage allowance may be more generous than another and you could potentially find yourself over your hand baggage allowance. This may mean that your hand baggage will have to be checked as hold baggage and you could be charged for extra baggage by the airline. (If this happens when connecting from British Airways onto an American Airlines flight you will not be charged the extra baggage fee.)
If any of your hand baggage is over the size or weight limit, or you have more hand baggage than your allowance, it will need to be checked in and will count towards your checked baggage allowance. If the additional baggage then takes you over your checked baggage allowance, or if you are travelling on a hand baggage only fare, you will be charged for extra baggage at the airport rate.
There are a number of rules and restrictions covering what you can carry in your hand baggage. See our liquids, banned and restricted items page to learn more.