Protective measures

You’ll see changes at every step of the journey when you fly with us, with protective measures on the ground and in the air. Your safety remains at the heart of everything we do.
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Hand baggage allowances

Suitcase and carry case.

Your free hand baggage allowance, i.e. the total number of bags, size and weight, varies depending on the airline that is operating your flight.

British Airways and BA CityFlyer flights

These allowances also apply on our hand baggage only (Basic) fares, available on selected British Airways short and long haul flights.

If your hand baggage is over these free allowances, the excess may be checked into the hold at bag drop or at the gate. Be aware that, if you exceed your checked baggage allowance, any extra hold bags are chargeable.

Tips on packing essentials

All flights
Adults, young adults and children

1 handbag/laptop bag (max. 23kg / 51lb and up to 40 x 30 x 15cm / 16 x 12 x 6in)

plus

1 additional cabin bag (max. 23kg / 51lb and up to 56 x 45 x 25cm / 22 x 18 x 10in)

Infants (under 2) 1 cabin bag for items required during the flight (max. 23kg / 51lb and up to 56 x 45 x 25cm / 22 x 18 x 10in)

How to store your bags on board

To help you put your baggage away safely and quickly on board, and get to your destination on time, we'll attach a yellow tag to your handbag or laptop bag. This is the cabin bag that we guarantee you can take into the cabin. These yellow tags are also available from our bag-drop desk or from a member of British Airways staff.

Place your smaller cabin bag with the yellow tag under the seat in front of you. If you are travelling in First, Club World, Club World London City, or if you sit in an exit row or bulkhead seat at the front of the cabin, this bag must go into an overhead locker.

Your additional cabin bag goes into the overhead locker. If we do not have space on board, this bag may need to be checked in the aircraft hold. For this reason, please make sure you have no valuables or essential medication packed in this larger cabin bag.

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We guarantee that you can take your handbag/laptop sized bag with you on board, provided that the yellow tag is attached and visible for boarding and that your bag is within your hand baggage allowance.

Exceeding your allowance

If any of your hand baggage is over the size or weight limit, or you have more hand baggage than your allowance, you will need to check it in and it will count towards your checked baggage allowance. If this then takes you over your free checked baggage allowance, or if you are travelling on a hand baggage only (Basic) fare, you will need to pay for extra baggage at the airport rate.

If your bag also exceeds the weight limit of your checked bag allowance, you may need to pay an overweight bag charge as well.

Charges for extra or overweight baggage

What you can take with you

We recommend to place any essential items you may need during your flight into your hand baggage. However, there are a number of rules and restrictions about what you can carry in your hand baggage.

If you are travelling with gifts, please ensure they are unwrapped. Security staff may need to open items to inspect them.

Airport security may ask you to turn on any electronic devices, e.g. mobile phones, tablets or laptops, so please ensure they are charged.

Safety regulations for baggage

Travelling with a medical condition

Travelling with other airlines

Your free hand baggage allowance, i.e. the total number of bags, size and weight, varies depending on the airline that is operating your flight.

Comair and SUN-AIR

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, and SUN-AIR across northern Europe. They use smaller aircraft so their baggage allowances are smaller.

Comair (flight numbers BA6200-6449)
Adults, young adults and children

1 handbag/laptop bag (max. 7kg / 15lb and up to 45 x 36 x 20cm / 18 x 14 x 8in)

plus

1 bag (max. 7kg / 15lb and up to 56 x 36 x 23cm / 22 x 14 x 9in)

Infants (under 2) 1 bag (max. 7kg / 15lb and up to 56 x 36 x 23cm / 22 x 14 x 9in)
SUN-AIR (flight numbers BA8200-8299)
All passengers 1 bag (max. 6kg / 13lb and up to 45 x 36 x 20cm / 18 x 14 x 8in)

Other airlines

Check your hand baggage allowance on American Airlines, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways
and China Southern.

For other airlines, please visit their websites or contact them directly.

Find out which airline you are flying with in Manage My Booking

Flight connections

If your journey includes connecting flights between different airlines, the hand baggage allowance of one airline may be different from another so please check before you travel. If you exceed your hand baggage allowance, you will have to check your bags in and could be charged for extra baggage.

If this happens when connecting from a British Airways to an American Airlines flight, you will not be charged the extra baggage fee.

More about flight connections