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Hand luggage

Hand Luggage


The cabin baggage allowance that is applicable for carriage on all Air India (AI) operated flights is as given below for both Domestic and International travel.


Height 55 cms (22 inches) + Length 35 cms (14 inches) + Width 25 cms (10 inches) for Boeing & Airbus aircraft - Total of Dimensions 115 cms



Only 01 piece of hand baggage having maximum weight of 8 Kg is permitted.
Effective 01st November 2019, excess weight over and above the allowed free hand baggage allowance of 8 kg will be charged at INR 500 /Kg( GST extra) for Domestic Sectors. For travel ex and into India to US/UK/EUR/Australia/Canada charges are USD 40/Kg (GST extra) . For all other international sectors for travel ex and into India USD 15/Kg(GST extra) will be charged. Maximum permissible hand baggage after paying excess charges must not exceed 10 kg including Duty Free items.
In case the hand baggage weighs more than 10 kg, the same will not be allowed in the cabin and has to be checked in as registered baggage.


Hand baggage allowance for First and Business Class - 01 piece not exceeding 12 Kg.
Maximum permissible hand baggage must not exceed 12 kg including Duty Free items. Excess weight over and above the allowed free hand baggage allowance of 12 kg will be charged as given below . In case the hand baggage weighs more than 12 kg, the same will not be allowed in the cabin and has to be checked in as registered baggage.

Star Gold Customers are permitted to carry only 01 piece of hand/Carry on baggage as per Security Regulations in India.


Additional personal items permitted to be carried as Cabin Baggage on Air India operated flights subject to Security Regulations

In addition to one piece of cabin baggage or package, you may also be permitted to carry one following personal item, subject to Security Regulations:

  • A Lady's hand bag.
  • An overcoat or wrap.
  • A rug or a blanket
  • A camera or binoculars
  • Reasonable amount of reading material for the flight.
  • Infant's feed for consumption during the flight and infant's carrying basket, Feeding bottle, if an infant is carried.
  • A Collapsible wheelchair or pair of crutches or braces for passenger's use, if dependent on these.
  • A Walking stick.
  • An umbrella (Folding type)
  • Medicines required during Flight like Asthma inhaler etc.
  • A Laptop.

As per notice issued by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, Government of India, passengers will not be allowed to carry in their hand baggage or on person- liquids, gels, or aerosols, which include beverages, shampoos, sun tan lotions, creams, tooth paste, hair gels, hair sprays, liquid cosmetics or any other items of similar consistency, exceeding 100 ml, except medicines, inhalers accompanied by prescriptions and baby food. These items will be carried in one clear transparent re-sealable, one litre size plastic bag and will be subjected to the prescribed screening and security checks

For a comfortable journey, we suggest that most items are placed in your checked-in baggage. Items of value /importance, those required by you on-board the aircraft or required in connection with the journey should be carried in your hand baggage or on your person.

Please check local regulations before your travel.

Carriage Of ‘kirpan’ By Sikh Passengers While Travelling By Air

Security Regulations
Carriage of "Kirpans” in the Passenger Cabin

The 'Kirpan' is an important religious symbol of Sikhism. As per Indian law, Passengers travelling on flights with point of origin and destination both being within India, on an Indian registered aircraft are permitted to carry a 'Kirpan' in person. The dimensions of the 'Kirpan' must not exceed a total maximum length of 9 inches (22.86 cms.), including the length of the blade not exceeding 6 inches (15.24 cms.) and the length of the handle not exceeding 3 inches (7.62 cms).

Carriage of ‘Kirpan’ is not permitted in the cabin of an aircraft either on person or in the Hand Baggageon any International flight or on any Domestic flight operating through an International Terminal Security Hold Area. The same must be carried by the passenger in the checked-in baggage only.

Carriage of Power banks and Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Power Banks cannot be carried in Checked Baggage but can be carried in Hand Baggage. However SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7 is banned and cannot be carried in either baggage.

Ban on Carriage of Lithium Battery Powered Self Balancing Devices in Passenger Baggage. For detailsclick here

Drone/Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) /Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) /Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) are restricted items and cannot be carried in cabin baggage.

Carriage of Battery cells.

The carriage of battery cells in hand baggage for any electrical / electronic items are permissible now & will now not be removed at the security point. Batteries spare / loose, including lithium ion cells or batteries, for portable electronic devices must be carried in carry-on baggage only. For lithium metal batteries the lithium metal content must not exceed 2 g and for lithium ion batteries the Watt-hour rating must not exceed 100 Wh. Articles which have the primary purpose as a power source, e.g. power banks are considered as spare batteries. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits. Each person is limited to a maximum of 20 spare batteries.

Hand Baggage allowance for travel to/from Canada.

Your journey between Canada and India may include travel on an Air India code-share flight operated by Air Canada. As carry-on baggage allowances are determined by each operating carrier, Air Canada’s allowance may differ from Air India’s. Please refer to :https://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/airport/baggage/carry-on.htmlfor current Air Canada Carry-on baggage allowance.

Carriage of "Powder like substances” in Hand (Carry-on) Baggage on all US bound flights

As per mandatory requirement notified by Transport Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, effective 31 May 2018, carriage of powder like substances in Hand (Carry¬on) Baggage by passengers travelling to destinations in USA is subject to the following conditions:

Powder like substances are described as fine dry particles produced by grinding, crushing or disintegration of solid substance (for eg. flour, sugar, ground coffee, spices, powdered milk (such as, baby formula), and cosmetics) including such powders in clumpy, grainy or compressed material forms.

Carriage of any Powder or Powder like substances, in Hand or Carry-on baggage:

1. 12oz (350ml) or larger is prohibited, except for the powders listed below:

Medically prescribed powder like substances, baby formula, and human remains 12oz (350ml) or larger may be transported in hand baggage in cabin of the aircraft. Such powders if carried in any sealed containers will be inspected for signs of alteration or tampering to the packaging (for example, breaks, cracks, or holes in the wrapping, protective cover, or seal) and if carried in containers that are unsealed or having signs of alteration or tampering will be inspected to ensure that the contents are consistent with the container / packaging.

Duty-free powder containers inside of a properly sealed Secure Tamper Evident Bag (STEB) may be allowed through the checkpoint and transported in the cabin of an aircraft.

2. Powder like substance of any quantity may be placed in checked baggage and transported in the baggage hold area of the aircraft.

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