Delta Airlines Cabin Luggage Restrictions

Delta Airlines Carry On Luggage Allowance and Restrictions

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Delta Airlines allows one piece of carry on luggage whose maximum size must not exceed 22″ x 14″ x 9″ or 56 x 36 x 23 cm and must easily fit into the carry on luggage check gauge located near the check in desks. If your bag exceeds the dimensions it will need to be checked into the hold at a cost of $25.

In addition to the one piece of carry on luggage a personal item may also be taken into the cabin, approved personal items include;
1 purse, briefcase, camera bag or diaper bag, or 1 laptop computer, or 1 item of a similar or smaller size.
In addition to the one piece of cabin luggage plus a personal item the following items may be taken on board; A jacket or umbrella, food or drink purchased after clearing the security checkpoint and duty-free merchandise.

Special items like strollers, child restraint seats, wheelchairs and crutches may also be taken on board.


Certain items are considered hazardous and, by federal law, are prohibited from all Delta flights. Check here, before you try to check it. Keep in mind, this is not a comprehensive list. Visit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website for the most current list of what can and cannot be transported on passenger aircraft.


  • Alcohol or liquor purchased after going through the security checkpoint are allowed on board as checked or carry-on baggage, as long as it adheres to these guidelines:
  • Alcohol content may not exceed 140 proof
  • Up to 5 litres of alcohol per person between 48 and 140 proof is permitted
  • Alcohol under 48 proof is not considered hazardous and is permitted
  • Alcohol must be in its original retail packaging to be permitted on board the plane
  • If the alcohol is purchased before going through the security checkpoint, our security rules apply for carry-on or checked baggage.


  • As required by law when departing South Africa, weapons and ammunition departing from South Africa must be packed in a small box or case and placed in checked baggage (locked). Ammunition cannot be stored in the same case as the weapon.
  • Please read important information regarding packaging and presenting/declaring firearms at check-in.


  • Dry-ice packages in amounts of 5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg) or less is allowed when used to cool non-hazardous perishables in carry-on or checked baggage. The package must:
  • meet carry-on baggage restrictions
  • allow the release of carbon dioxide
  • state on the package, “Dry Ice” or “Carbon Dioxide Solid”
  • specify the net weight of the dry-ice material on the packaging
  • include the contents being cooled, in writing, on the packaging
  • If possible, instead of dry ice, we encourage the use of gel packs or similar products to keep frozen perishable items fresh. For more information, you can download the Guidelines to Transport Dry Ice.

Wet-ice shipments are not allowed as carry-on baggage, checked baggage or cargo on Delta or Delta Connection® flights.


  • Don’t even think about it. Firecrackers, signal flares, Christmas crackers or sparklers are not allowed — as carry-on or checked baggage — at any time.


  • Guidelines for carrying flammable liquids are as follows:
  • A fuel lighter is permitted in your pocket or in carry-on baggage only
  • Up to two lighters are allowed in your checked baggage if they are properly enclosed in a U.S. Department of Transportation approved case
  • Lighters without fuel are allowed as checked or carry-on baggage
  • Lighter refills, fuels (such as gasoline or Sterno cans), paints, stains, lubricants, and “strike-anywhere” matches are not allowed
  • One regular matchbook is permitted in your pocket as long as it isn’t the “strike anywhere” matches
  • Torch or blue flame lighters are strictly prohibited.


  • Guidelines for fuel cell systems are as follows:
  • Portable electronic devices (i.e. cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers and camcorders) powered by fuel cell systems, and not more than two spare fuel cell cartridges per passenger are allowed when transported in carry-on baggage.
  • No more than two spare fuel cell cartridges maybe carried by a passenger.
  • Fuel cell systems containing fuel and fuel cell cartridges, including spare cartridges are permitted in carry-on baggage only.
  • Fuel cell cartridges may not be refillable by the user. Refueling the fuel cell systems is not permitted, except that the installation of a spare cartridge is allowed.
  • Each fuel cell cartridge and system must be durably marked by the manufacturer with the wording: “APPROVED FOR CARRIAGE IN AIRCRAFT CABIN ONLY”.


  • Gasoline-powered equipment, such as chainsaws and lawn equipment, is only allowed if it’s new and in its original packaging and has never been opened.


  • Aerosols (i.e. spray disinfectant and starch), bleach, cleaning solvents, drain cleaners and pesticides are not allowed.


  • Insulated packaging, containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen, is allowed as long as it is fully absorbed in a porous material, intended for transport of non-dangerous products and kept at a low temperature. For more information you can download the Guidelines to Transport a Refrigerated Liquid Nitrogen (Dry Shipper).


  • As you probably know, traveling with consumer electronic and medical devices containing lithium cells or batteries (e.g. watches, calculators, cameras, cell phones, laptops, camcorders, hearing aids, etc.) is allowed on board as carry-on. Spare lithium batteries are allowed as carry-on only, and must be individually protected to prevent short circuits.
  • Tips to properly transport spare lithium batteries:
  • Pack spare batteries in carry-on baggage.
  • Keep spare batteries in the original retail packaging to prevent unintentional activation or short-circuiting.
  • If original packaging is not available, effectively insulate battery terminals by isolating spare batteries from contact with other batteries and/or metal.
  • Specifically, place each battery in its own protective case, plastic bag or package, or place tape across the battery’s contacts to isolate terminals.
  • Take steps to prevent crushing, puncturing, or putting a high degree of pressure on the battery, as this can cause an internal short circuit, resulting in overheating.
  • Learn more about travelling with batteries by reading the DOT’s Safe Travel information at


  • Personal care items, such as cologne and hairspray, are allowed in checked baggage without prior approval, as long as there are less than 16 ounces of each item and less than 70 ounces total. Personal care items in smaller quantities, which comply with TSA rules may also be placed in carry-on baggage.
  • One butane curling iron per passenger is permitted in carry-on baggage. No refills are allowed and the safety cover must be on the curling iron. It is not permissible to be used on the aircraft at any time. Butane curling irons are not permitted when travelling to Switzerland.


  • Though we provide life jackets to each and every passenger, you are welcome to bring your own. One self-inflating life jacket, containing no more than two small carbon dioxide cylinders plus no more than two spare cylinders, is allowed as checked or carry-on baggage.


  • Personal medical devices must meet specific requirements and be approved by Delta prior to travel. Liquid oxygen is not permitted.


  • Due to the type of refrigerants used in these items, federal regulations does not allow refrigerators, air-conditioners, freezers and dehumidifiers as checked or carry-on luggage.


  • Camping equipment containing fuel or fuel residue, including butane or propane canisters, is not allowed.
  • Self-inflating devices or equipment containing compressed gas cylinders are not allowed (e.g., rafts, avalanche rescue backpacks, paintball cartridges). For self-inflating life jackets, see Personal Flotation Devices.
  • You may bring compressed gas cylinders, including scuba tanks, as carry-on or checked baggage, as long as the regulator valve is completely disconnected from the cylinder, as required by current TSA requirements. Please read the full instruction on the TSA website.


  • We allow small arms ammunition, in quantities not exceeding 11 lbs. (5 kg) per person, as checked-baggage only. The weapon must be securely boxed and intended for that person’s own use. More than one passenger may not combine quantities into one package. See more details/guidelines under shooting equipment.
  • You are responsible for knowledge of and compliance with all Federal, State or local laws regarding the possession and transportation of firearms. For more information about this regulation you can visit the TSA website.

Note: Gunpowder (e.g., Pyrodex, black powder, mace, pepper spray and tear gas) is never permitted.


  • Lithium-ion batteries that power mobility devices and are within the federal restrictions listed below are allowed on passenger aircraft. Customers will be allowed two (2) spare batteries if less than 13.5 grams of equivalent lithium content (160 WH) or one (1) spare battery if less than 25 grams of equivalent lithium content (300 WH).
  • Lithium-ion Battery Restrictions
    The battery terminals must be protected from short circuiting.
    The battery must have been tested per UN Part III, Section 38.3.
    If the battery is not fully encased and protected within the mobility aid to prevent short circuit, the battery must be removed and transported in the cabin of the aircraft.


  • Wheelchairs and mobility device that require batteries are allowed as checked baggage, albeit some rules, of course. Here are the guidelines for both spillable (wet-cell) and non-spillable (gel) batteries:
  • Battery must be able to be visually inspected and disconnected
  • Terminals must be protected from short circuit
  • Battery must be able to be securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid
  • Note: If the wheelchair cannot be loaded on the aircraft in an upright position, spillable (wet-cell) batteries must be removed and packaged in special packaging, provided by Delta.


  • It should go without saying that infectious substances, poisons and radioactive materials are not permitted.
  • The following items may only be transported with approval from Delta’s Dangerous Goods Department. Please submit your request with details ten days prior to your scheduled travel date to allow adequate time to research and respond to your inquiry:
    Heat-Producing Items — We allow battery-operated underwater torches (diving lamps) and soldering irons, 7 inches (18 cm) or less in length, as carry-on baggage only.
    Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) — Due to the rapid rise in temperature and the fact these become hot enough to cause serious burns if mishandled or tossed during turbulence, these items are forbidden in a person’s checked or carry-on baggage.
    Mercury Barometer or Thermometer — These items are allowed if carried by a representative of a government weather bureau or similar official agency, and as carry-on baggage only.
    Further restrictions may apply to the above items, so please visit the FAA and TSA websites for more information.

If you have an item that isn’t on this list, but think it might be a “dangerous good”, please contact Delta’s Dangerous Goods Department in advance to confirm the item is allowed on the flight. For immediate questions, please contact Reservation Sales.
The below items are not considered “dangerous goods” and are allowed when packaged properly, in accordance with TSA regulations:

  • Knitting/scissors
  • Hiking or trekking poles
  • Knives/swords
  • Hair dryer/Straightener
  • Hair spray
  • Sunscreen/bug spray
  • Batteries
  • Food as a carry on
  • Fishing hooks
  • Fragile glass items
  • Please check for additional information