Popping off for a quick city break? Don't get caught out by excessive cabin baggage fees!
Busting hand baggage rules can cost a pretty penny. Each airline sets their own rules and will gleefully charge you extra if your cabin baggage doesn't conform. Some of these charges will effectively double or triple your fare – so all of a sudden, that bargain city break becomes decidedly more expensive.
We've included the consequences of having a bag that's too weighty or big, and a direct link to each airline's baggage page so you can double-check before you fly...
| Air Asia ||56 x 36 x 23 cm||7 kg||Put in hold*|| Air Asia website |
|Air Berlin||55 x 40 x 20 cm||8 kg or 10 kg with laptop||Put in hold*||Air Berlin website|
|Air France||55 x 35 x 25 cm||12 kg incl. handbag or laptop||Put in hold*||Air France website|
|Air India||55 x 40 x 20 cm||8 kg + handbag or laptop||Put in hold*||Air India website|
|Air Lingus|| 55 x 40 x 24 cm ||10 kg + handbag or laptop||€30-40 at airport Put in hold*||Air Lingus website|
|BA||56 x 45 x 25 cm||23 kg + handbag or laptop||Put in hold*|| |
|Brussels Airlines||55 x 40 x 23 cm||6 - 16 kg + laptop or handbag||Put in hold*|| Brussels Airlines website |
|easyJet|| 50 x 40 x 20 cm** ||Lift unaided||£45 at boarding gate|| easyJet website |
|Emirates|| 45 x 35 x 20 cm** ||7kg + handbag or duty free||Contact airline||Emirates website|
|Etihad||Sum of L + W + H hot to exceed 111cm ||7kg||Put in hold or pay fee from £10 to £48 depending on flight||Etihad website|
|Flybe||55 x 40 x 23 cm||10 kg||£50 boarding gate||Flybe website|
|GermanWings||55 x 40 x 20 cm||8 kg||Put in hold*|| GermanWings website |
|Iberia||56 x 36 x 23 cm + small personal item||Lift unaided||Put in hold*|| |
|Icelandair||55 x 40 x 20 cm||10 kg incl. laptop||Contact airline||Icelandair website|
|Jet2||56 x 45 x 25||10 kg||Put in hold||Jet2 website|
|KLM||55 x 35 x 25 cm||12 kg incl. laptop or handbag||Contact airline|| KLM website |
|Lufthansa||55 x 40 x 23 cm||8 kg||Put in hold*||Lufthansa website|
|Monarch||56 x 40 x 25 cm||5 kg + duty free||£50 at the gate and put in hold||Monarch website|
|Norwegian||55 x 40 x 23 cm + small handbag or laptop||10 kg||Put in hold*||Norwegian website|
|Pegasus Airlines|| 55 x 40 x 23 + small handbag |
|8 kg + handbag or laptop||Put in hold*||Pegasus website|
|Qantas||56 x 36 x 23||7 kg + handbag or laptop||Contact airline||Qantas website|
|RyanAir|| 55 x 40 x 20 cm ||10 kg + small handbag up to 35 x 20 x 20|| |
at boarding gate
|SAS||55 x 40 x 23 cm||8 kg + handbag or laptop||Put in hold*||SAS website|
|Singapore Airlines||Sum of L + W + H not to exceed 115cm*||7 kg||Put in hold*||Singapore Airlines website|
|Vueling||55 x 40 x 20 cm||10 kg||€35 at checkin||Vueling website|
|WizzAir|| 42 x 32 x 25 cm free upgrade to |
56 x 45 x 25 cm €10 – €20
|10 kg||Put in hold*||WizzAir website|
|WOW air||56 x 45 x 25 cm||10 kg + duty free shopping||Put in hold*||WOW website|
* Subject to checked baggage limits, usually 23 kg. (20 kg with Air Berlin, 22kg with Jet2)
** easyJet passengers can choose to travel with larger bags (maximum 56 x 45 x 25cm) but on busier flights they may have to be placed in the hold
NB: Always check your airline's website for any last minute changes to their terms and conditions.
Have we missed one? Is there a budget airline you'd like to see included here? Let us know below.