British Airways allows passengers to bring carry-on luggage with them free of charge, though how many pieces will depend on your fare type. Here’s all you need to know about your British Airways hand baggage allowance.

Carry-on Baggage Allowance

There are two types of carry-on bags that are allowed in the cabin with you. First are handbags. These are small personal items that can be a maximum of 40 x 30 x 15 cm. They should fit under the seat in front of you, and they carry essentials like phones, electronic devices, and identification.

You can also have cabin bags, which can be stowed in the bins above your head on the plane. These items should be no bigger than 56 x 45 x 25 cm, including the wheels and handles. They should weigh no more than 23 kg. If there is no more space in the overhead compartments, you may be required to check it, which is why you should not include your valuables, electronic devices, or essential medications in these bags.

How many bags you are allowed depends on your fare type. Economy tickets can bring a handbag and a cabin bag. Business class and above can bring a handbag and two cabin bags. They are also allowed more checked bags in their base fare.


Your carry-on baggage allowance depends on the length of your flight and your fare type. Typically, basic economy will be allowed one handbag and one cabin bag. Business class and above can bring one hand bag and two cabin bags.


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