Carry On Bag Dimensions – All the Dimensions You Would Ever Need in 2019 to Ensure Your Carry On Fits for All Flights

Thinking of going for a carry-on only trip? Depending on where you’re coming from and where you’re going, your carry-on bag dimensions can vary. Let’s imagine that we’re traveling across the continent of our dreams, and you’ve booked a whole bunch of regional and budget airlines to get you from one location to the next. Trying to save some money, you try the carry-on only style, and pack your entire life into one tiny bag. Just as you’re about to board your flight though, you’re stopped by the flight attendants. They’re eyeing your bag and … oh no! Your bag is juuuuuust a little too large to go into the cabin, so they force you to check it in, and you’re stuck with a check baggage fee. This totally could have been avoided if some background work was done!

Have no fear, for we’ve created a list that takes away that leg work for you. This list is a work in progress! At the moment, you’ll find a list of carry-on restrictions and limitations for more than 80+ airlines servicing North America and Africa. I’ll be making weekly updates over the course of the next several weeks to include more airlines as I find them.

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Table of Contents


Summary of Carry-On Luggage Size Guide

Background Information

Definition of a carry-on baggage:

Dimensions from airlines are as of 2019. Since airlines have different definitions, terms, and dimensions of what carry-on baggage are, let’s define what constitutes a piece of carry-on baggage in the tables below:

  1. A bag/luggage that can be brought with you inside the cabin in the passenger compartment of the plane instead of the cargo compartment
  2. If the plane allows you to bring two bags with you inside the cabin (e.g. a personal item + carry-on), the dimensions in the tables below will list the larger of the two dimensions listed by the airline

Assumptions regarding the dimensions of a carry-on luggage for an airline:

Many airlines split the allowable size and weight limits of their passengers’ carry-on luggage by the type of passenger as well as the flight distance (e.g. first, business, economy plus, economy, etc and domestic vs international.). To ensure we accommodate for everybody using the airline, the dimensions recorded for all airlines will follow the dimensions provided for:

  1. Economy / basic flight fare passengers
  2. Regional routes

This ensures that as long as your carry-on / hand carry meets the dimensions listed below, your carry on will fit all flights offered by that airline.

Summary

Standard International Choice
Heys Cruise Fashion Spinner 21” Carry On
53 cm x 34 cm x 23 cm
21 in x 13.5 in x 9.0 in

Standard Dimensions for Africain Airlines
Traveler’s Choice Travel Select Amsterdam Two-Piece Carry-On Luggage Set
53.3 cm x 33 cm x 19 cm

Standard Dimensions

The standard dimensions that I’ve found for carry-on, unaccompanied baggage, hand luggage, hand baggage, or whatever terminology you’d like to call it is:

Carry-On Luggage Size Chart

North America

Africa

Airline Pounds Kilograms Height Width Depth Height Width Depth Source
Air Algérie 11.02 5.00 15.75 11.81 7.87 40.00 30.00 20.00 Link
TAAG Angola Airline 11.02 5.00 45.28 115.00 Link
Air Botswana 15.43 7.00 45.28 115.00 Link
Air Burkina 22.05 10.00 Link
Camair-Co Airlines (not from main airline site) 22.05 10.00 21.65 13.78 9.84 55.00 35.00 25.00 Link
Cabo Verde Airlines 17.64 8.00 21.65 13.78 9.84 55.00 35.00 25.00 Link
Tchadia Airlines 15.43 7.00 45.28 115.00 Link
Trans Air Congo 62.20 158.00 Link
Air Côte d'Ivoire 22.05 10.00 22.05 17.72 9.84 56.00 45.00 25.00 Link
Daallo Airlines 15.00 7.00 22.00 15.00 8.00 55.00 38.00 20.00 Link
Air Cairo 15.43 7.00 21.65 15.75 9.06 55.00 40.00 23.00 Link
Air Sinai (not from main airline site) 17.64 8.00 21.65 13.78 9.84 55.00 35.00 25.00 Link
EgyptAir 15.43 7.00 22.05 14.17 9.06 56.00 36.00 23.00 Link
NileAir 15.43 7.00 22.05 14.17 9.06 56.00 36.00 23.00 Link
Ethiopian Airlines 15.43 7.00 21.65 15.75 9.06 55.00 40.00 23.00 Link
Fly540 22.05 17.72 9.84 56.00 45.00 25.00 Link
Kenya Airways 26.46 12.00 21.65 13.78 9.84 55.00 35.00 25.00 Link
Mombasa Air Safari (carry on + checked) 33.07 15.00 Link
Buraq Air 11.02 5.00 21.65 15.75 7.87 55.00 40.00 20.00 Link
Air Madagascar 11.02 5.00 45.28 115.00 Link
Malawian Airlines 15.43 7.00 45.28 115.00 Link
Air Mauritus 15.43 7.00 45.28 115.00 Link
Royal Air Maroc 22.05 10.00 45.28 115.00 Link
LAM Mozambique Airlines 15.43 7.00 45.28 115.00 Link
Air Namibia 22.05 10.00 22.05 14.17 9.06 56.00 36.00 23.00 Link
FlyAero 13.23 6.00 Link
ArikAir 26.46 12.00 21.65 13.78 9.84 55.00 35.00 25.00 Link
Air Austral 22.05 10.00 21.65 17.72 7.87 55.00 45.00 20.00 Link
RwandAir 22.05 10.00 21.65 14.96 7.87 55.00 38.00 20.00 Link
Air seychelles 11.02 5.00 21.65 15.75 7.87 55.00 40.00 20.00 Link
Jubba Airlines 15.43 7.00 22.00 15.00 8.00 55.88 38.10 20.32 Link
Airlink 17.64 8.00 22.05 13.39 9.06 56.00 34.00 23.00 Link
Kulala 15.43 7.00 20.87 14.17 9.06 53.00 36.00 23.00 Link
Mango Airlines 15.43 7.00 45.28 115.00 Link
South African Airways 17.64 8.00 22.05 14.17 9.06 56.00 36.00 23.00 Link
SA Express 15.43 7.00 45.28 115.00 Link
Mid Airlines 22.05 10.00 21.65 15.75 7.87 55.00 40.00 20.00 Link
Sudan Airways (information not found on official site) 21.65 13.78 9.84 55.00 35.00 25.00 Link
Badr Airlines 11.02 5.00 21.65 15.75 7.87 55.00 40.00 20.00 Link
Air Tanzania 15.43 7.00 Link
Precision Air 15.43 7.00 21.65 14.96 7.87 55.00 38.00 20.00 Link
ASKY Airlines 15.43 7.00 21.65 15.75 7.87 55.00 40.00 20.00 Link
Nouvelair 11.02 5.00 21.65 13.78 9.84 55.00 35.00 25.00 Link
Tunisair 17.64 8.00 45.28 115.00 Link
Fly Zambia 11.02 5.00 Link
Air Zimbabwe 17.64 8.00 20.08 14.96 7.87 51.00 38.00 20.00 Link

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