The Difference Between Cabin Baggage and Personal Items

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Carry-on Baggage and Personal Items

Find out the difference between cabin baggage and personal items here.

The Difference Between Carry-on Baggage and Personal Items

Airline baggage policies can sometimes be confusing and seem to be getting stricter. Find out the best size for your hand baggage and personal items below.

What are personal items?

In most cases, an airline will allow you to bring one carry-on baggage and one personal item. A personal item is normally something like a purse, laptop, backpack or camera case. Personal items should always be small enough to fit underneath the seat in front of you. You may also be eligible to carry an umbrella, jacket or bag for an infant. The maximum size for a personal item is normally 22cm x 25cm x 43cm. However, it is always important to check individual airline policy on personal items before leaving for the airport.

What is carry-on baggage?

Carry-on bags, sometimes known as hand luggage or cabin baggage, are items of luggage that are taken into the plane's cabin. They are not checked in before your flight and are normally stored in the overhead storage compartment above your seat. Individual airlines tend to have strict policies about the height or weight of carry-on baggage, but, generally speaking the standard size for cabin baggage is 56cm x 45cm x 25cm.

What's the difference between a cabin bag and carry-on luggage?

Whether its called hand baggage, cabin bag or your carry-on luggage, all of these refer to the piece of baggage that will take onto the plane with you. This piece of baggage should generally be small enough to fit into the overhead compartment. If your hand baggage is too large to fit in the overhead lockers, you may have to check it in for an additional cost. For this reason you should always check the airline's baggage policy before leaving for the airport.

If you feel like you've bought a flight with too small a baggage allowance and you need to book additional baggage, please visit our page on 'How to Book Baggage.'

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What's the cabin baggage allowance for easyjet?

easyjet allows passengers to bring one item of hand baggage with maximum dimensions of 56cm x 45cm 25cm. For more information on easyjet's baggage policies, please visit our easyjet page.