British Airways Hand Baggage Restrictions


British Airways Hand Luggage and Checked Baggage Allowance

British Airways allows one piece of hand luggage (cabin baggage) plus a handbag or laptop computer bag to be taken into the aircraft cabin.british_airways_hand_baggage_dimensions

British Airways have recently changed their baggage allowances, the latest news is below.

Fully flexible economy checked baggage

For flights purchased after 11 August 2015, the free checked baggage allowance for a World Traveller (economy) fully flexible Y class fare is now one piece weighing a maximum of 23kg.

If you purchased a fully flexible Y class fare prior to 11 August, your allowance remains two pieces. In this event, we recommend that you print off your original e-ticket receipt and bring it with you to the airport as proof of your baggage allowance.

Hand baggage allowances

On 18 August, we reduced the size of the handbag/laptop-sized hand bag and updated some of our procedures.

The maximum size of the handbag/laptop bag is now 40cm x 30cm x 15cm (16in x 12in x 6in). The size of the additional cabin bag remains unchanged and should be no larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22in x 18in x 10in). Both bags can weigh up to 23kgs (51lb) each.

Customers travelling in all cabins except First and Club World will receive a yellow tag for handbag/laptop bags which are within the new dimensions. We guarantee that you can take this bag on board with you. Please have the tag visible for boarding and place the bag under the seat in front of you. We encourage you to carry any valuables and items such as medication in your handbag/laptop bag to ensure you have everything you need in the cabin.

Customers who travel with hand baggage which is outside of their allowance will be asked to check this into the hold.

On very busy flights we may have to ask some of our customers to check bags without yellow tags into the hold if the overhead lockers are full.

Children under 2 years are allowed one bag for items they may require during the flight and again you must be able to place the bag unaided into the overhead locker.

These allowances can vary a little dependent on the class you are flying and the route but generally applies to the majority of flights.