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2019 British Airways Baggage Allowance for Carry On and Checked Baggage

Check British Airways Baggage Size Restrictions and Fees Before You Travel.

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British Airways Baggage Allowance

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British Airways Baggage Allowance For Carry On:

One larger item of hand luggage measuring 22 x 18 x10 in, plus one personal item (such as a laptop or handbag) measuring 16 x 12 x 6 in. Each bag must weigh no more than 51 lbs.

Infants under two years of age are only permitted one cabin bag, for items they may need during the flight.

What if my Carry On is Overweight/ Oversized?

If a bag exceeds the dimensions or weight permitted by British Airways’ baggage allowance, or if a passenger has more than two items of hand luggage, these excess items will be placed in the hold. If this means the customer has now exceeded their checked baggage allowance, they will be charged a fee.

British Airways Cabin Baggage Allowance for Infants

When travelling with an infant under two years of age sitting on your lap, you will be able to bring an additional baby bag with you onto the plane as carry-on luggage. If a seat is purchased for the infant, they are entitled to the same hand luggage allowance as an adult.

What Items Are Not Permitted in BA Carry On?

Prohibited items include:



Explosive substances such as fireworks,





British Airways Checked Baggage Allowance:

On most flights the Economy allowance is one item of luggage up to 51 lbs. The dimensions of a checked bag must not exceed 35.5 x 29.5 x 16 in. The number of permitted checked items varies according to the customer’s fare type and route.

The following routes allow two items of baggage that weigh up to a maximum of 51 lbs each: To and from Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone; connecting between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada; connecting from Saudi Arabia to USA/Bermuda/Canada.

‘Hand baggage only’ fares do not allow checked baggage free of charge, but bags can be added to a hand baggage only booking, with prices ranging from $25 to $75 per bag, one way, depending on the route travelled and whether you purchase your allowance online or at the airport.

Elite fare types provide higher luggage allowances.


If bags weigh more than the passenger’s baggage allowance permits, the passenger will be required to pay $82 per bag that is overweight.

british airways Checked Baggage and EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS

Many exceptional baggage items, such as sports equipment and musical instruments, can be checked as part of British Airways’ baggage allowance. Items over the standard checked baggage size can still be checked, as long as they don't exceed 74 x 29 x 25 in or the permitted weight allowance.

other airline baggage allowances:

Virgin Atlantic Baggage Allowance

Monarch Baggage Allowance

EasyJet Baggage Allowance

Delta Baggage Allowance

Disclaimer - Information gathered from these webpages on 30/04/2019:

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