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What You Need to Know About the Airline Baggage Rules


Are you planning to travel? If so, you must know the airline baggage rules to avoid stress during check-in. Obviously, different airline companies have a different schedule of fees and rules pertaining to the number of bags for check-in, class of travel, and the routes.


The most common concern is regarding the baggage rules including the content, size, and weight allowed by the airlines. Thus, it makes sense to know the do’s and don’ts when checking in your luggage.

Airline Baggage Rules Weight

The allowed weight of a piece of bag, package or box must be less than 50lbs. or 26kg. This rule is implemented to ensure the safety and health of the workers or airport porters whose nature of work is to lift hundreds of baggage every day.  Otherwise, if your luggage exceeds the allowed weight, you’ll be asked to repack it or label it as heavy baggage and pay the cost for the excess baggage weight.

On the other hand, passengers who are medical patients and those in the business and first class are allowed to bring up to 32kg for each bag.

Domestic Flights




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Airline Baggage Quantity

It is not only the weight of the baggage to consider but also the quantity. Airlines are implementing the “piece concept”. It may also depend on the airline, route and the ticket class. Domestic flights allow only one lighter baggage or much better if there’s no baggage check-in at all.  While international flights allow two-piece concept for every passenger. To have an idea about the quantity of baggage you need to bring, ask your travel agent to avoid hassles.

Infant’s Baggage

Baggage Allowance of Infant On Lap

An infant (without seat) paying at least 10% or more of applicable adult fare has the following Free Baggage Allowance (FBA):

*Area 1- North America, Central America, Caribbean Area Sub-Area, South America
*Area 2- Europe, Africa, Middle East
*Area 3- Asia, Pacific, Japan/Korea


Checked Baggage
Carry-on Baggage

Domestic (Philippines)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

(Asia, Pacific, Middle East, Europe, Japan)

1 piece not exceeding 10 kilos

1 piece not exceeding 7kilos

North America
(USA, Canada)

1 piece baggage not exceeding 7 kilos either for check-in or carry-on


1 piece not exceeding 7 kilos

1 piece not exceeding 7 kilos

Between Japan and Area 1*, Area 2*, and Area 3*

1 piece of baggage with dimensions not exceeding 62in. (158cm)
and weight does not exceed 50lbs (23kgs)

Quality of Airline Baggage 

If you will bring bags, packages, or boxes during your travel make sure that they are packed neatly to ensure that its original shape is maintained throughout the course of travel. As much as possible, you should avoid wrapping irregular-shaped items in blankets and linens as it won’t be accepted. The items must be packed one side flat, but other items like strollers, bicycles, golf bags and wheelchairs are allowed as long as they are wrapped properly.

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It is also required to have your complete name and destination written legibly and visibly on your luggage. This way, it will be easier to trace your baggage in case you’re unable to find them.  Some passengers are using ropes or cords to tie their baggage and this is strictly discouraged by airports. It’s because it may cause delays once the ropes get twisted in the conveyor systems.

Dimensions for Baggage

Airline passengers should also take into consideration the dimensions of the checked-in baggage. The required dimension of each box or bag should be 62 inches; otherwise, you will pay extra fees for special handling of the baggage.


LED/LCD TV is also allowed as baggage as long as it fits the allowed size and weight. Otherwise, it exceeds the standard rules pertaining to baggage, the passenger is deemed to pay additional charges. The airlines may ask the owner of the TV to sign a waiver or pay for the warranty.

Traveling with kids

Kids below two years old are not allowed to take a seat alone. Instead, you can get a discount on the ticket of your child. The good thing is that kids below 2 years old can also bring one-piece baggage that weighs 23kg. You can also bring a tram or baby trolley for your baby.

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When traveling, it is important to identify the things that should be included in your hand carry bag and those that should be kept in the checked-in baggage. You must bring along travel documents, electronic chargers, jewelries, maintenance medications and cash in your hand carry bag. Generally, the allowed baggage weight for hand carry bag is 7kg.

Check-in time

Typically, the check-in time for international travel is 2 to 3 hours before the departure time. But, the counters usually open 4 hours prior to the scheduled flight to accommodate those passengers who will come earlier.

Dangerous goods

Generally, airlines are requiring passengers to packed dangerous items properly in the checked in baggage for safety purposes. These items include sharp objects, cutting items like knives and some sporting materials. But, lithium batteries are not allowed to bring along in the airline. However, laptop and mobile phones are allowed to bring along.

Pertaining to gun laws, ammunition and firearms must be checked even the replica firearms. It is also important to know the gun laws implemented in the country of your destination.

Passengers with medical conditions that need to use medical syringe should bring a proof about the medical need and see to it that the syringes are properly labeled and packed. In the same manner, it is not recommended to put dangerous items in your hand carry bag as well as unlabeled medical and improperly packed items. It will be confiscated and disposed by the airport authority.

Connecting flights

In case that a passenger travels on a connecting flight, but the checked baggage allowance is different, the allowance given from the first flight will apply. This is under the rules of International Air Transport Association or IATA. The luggage will be transferred to another airline, but low-cost airlines won’t do that particularly if they don’t have interline agreements. In this case, the passenger should get the baggage from the first flight and have it checked in the next flight, thus the baggage allowance from the second airline applies.


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