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British Airways allow one carry on bag per passenger and one accessory, things like, a handbag, laptop case briefcase. This applies with basic fares only, excluding passengers who are travelling with children up to the age age 11, one bag per child. British Airways do allow for extra baggage for anyone if needed at a charge. Your accessory must be able to fit under the seat in front of you and you must be able to lift your own luggage in to the over head lockers yourself. Your bags will be checked for size in the gauges at the airport so please make sure you have included your wheels and handles in your measurements or you will incur a charge and may even have to be checked in if it goes over the overweight limit. If you are travelling in First, Club World, Club World London City, or if you sit in an exit row or bulkhead seat at the front of the cabin, this bag must go into an overhead locker and you must do so yourself.

Standard Limits

Height: 56cm
Width: 45cm
Depth: 25cm
Weight: 23.0kg

Best Bags for British Airways

Antler Marcus Siro Expandable  and Durable Carry on Case.
Our Rating 5/5
Good quality material. Strong and sturdy.
  • Wheels: 4
  • Lock Type: Numbers
  • Laptop Space: Yes
  • Volume: 63 litres
  • Case Material: Polyester
  • Weight: 2.8kg
Samsonite Prodigy Spinner Cabin Carry On
Our Rating 5/5
So many different compartments for organising and the quality of this case is strong and worthy.
  • Wheels: 4
  • Lock Type: Numbers
  • Laptop Space: Yes
  • Volume: 40 litres
  • Case Material: Polycarbonate
  • Weight: 2.8kg
Samsonite S'cure Spinner Zip Free Carry on luggage
Our Rating 5/5
Zip free, easy to push and sturdy.
  • Wheels: 4
  • Lock Type: Numbers
  • Laptop Space: No
  • Volume: 34 litres
  • Case Material: Hard
  • Weight: 2.9kg
Cabin Max Chicago Hand Luggage Backpack
Our Rating 5/5
Strong material and lots of pockets perfect for traveling.
  • Wheels: None
  • Lock Type: No Lock
  • Laptop Space: Yes
  • Volume: 20 litres
  • Case Material: Polyurethane
  • Weight: 0.8kg
Cabin Max Hack Hand Luggage Carry On
Our Rating 5/5
The handbag storage feature is a hidden gem.
  • Wheels: 2
  • Lock Type: No Lock
  • Laptop Space: Yes
  • Volume: 28 litres
  • Case Material: Polyester
  • Weight: 2.7kg
Antler Global DLX Har Hand Luggage Cabin Trolly
Our Rating 5/5
Very spacious, many pockets and the strong hard wearing material inside and out. Over all this bag is great.
  • Wheels: 4
  • Lock Type: Numbers
  • Laptop Space: Yes
  • Volume: 40 litres
  • Case Material: Hard
  • Weight: 3.0kg

British Airways allow for each passenger to have one carry on and one small handbag or laptop bag on board, free of charge, however you must be able to lift your own baggage in the over head locker and your small handbag must fit under the seat in front of you. British Airways will attach a yellow tag to your handbag/laptop case to make sure it boards with you, the bag with the yellow tag must fit under the seat in front of you.

You must check the weight of your bag, as if it goes over the weight you are allowed, your carry on will be put with checked bags and you will incur an extra fee. Please remember to include wheels and handles in your measurements.

All duty free count as weight to your luggage so bear this in mind when you travel.

Adults are allowed to bring one accessory like a handbag or laptop bag, no larger than the measurements required, 40CM X 30CM 15CM. Infants under 2 are allowed 1 cabin bag also, no larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm.

Please note, if you have a gift this needs to stay unwrapped as airport security will need to check your gift, also please make sure your electronics are charged, as airport security may ask you to switch on your device. 

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