Hand Luggage on Airlines

Airlines are constantly changing their minds about what you can carry as hand luggage. Airport security is tighter than ever and airlines are always keen to slam extra charges on passengers if you don’t follow their guidelines on how much luggage you can carry with you. Here is a quick guide to hand luggage allowances on some of the most popular budget airlines. Below you’ll also find a simple guide to what you can now carry on planes in terms of liquids…

Rules for liquids in hand luggage:

-Liquids can only be carried in containers with a maximum volume of 100ml. Lip balm, lipsticks, hand creams, deodorant and hair spray are all considered as liquids in this context.

– All containers must fit into a transparent, sealable 1 litre plastic bag, measuring no more than 20 x 20cm

– The plastic bag must be carried separately through security, not kept in your hand luggage.

– Baby food and milk formula is the only exception to this rule. You can carry as much food as is deemed necessary for your length of flight and this does not have to be carried in the zip up bag. You will still have to declare this when going through security.

Hand Luggage Guidelines


Hand Luggage: 1 item of hand luggage per person which can weigh no more than 10kg and be no bigger than 56 x 45 x 25cm.

Monarch Airlines

Monarch offer 2 different options when it comes to hand luggage; you can take one piece of luggage no bigger than 56 x 40 x 25cm and no heavier than 10kg, plus a small duty free bag from the departure lounge. The other option is to take 2 pieces of hand luggage as long as the combined size is no bigger than 56 x 40 x 25cm and the combined weight no heavier than 10kg plus one small duty free bag. On busy flight you may be required to put the smallest bag you have under the seat in front of you if you are carrying 2 bags, or you may have to put it in the hold.


Hand Luggage: One piece of hand luggage per person, no bigger than 56 x 45 x 25cm including wheels. Laptops and laptop bags are also counted as a piece of baggage so you cannot carry a bag and a laptop for example. Extra pieces of hand luggage will be charged at £25 per item. If you have checked in online and turn up at the gate with more than one piece of hand luggage you will be charged £40 per item. Children over 2 qualify for free hand luggage.

Thomson Airlines

Hand Luggage: Each passenger can take up to 5kg of hand luggage on board. The dimensions must not exceed 55 x 40 x 20cm. Other items such as laptops or handbags must be carried within the 1 item of luggage.

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