Carry-on baggage

To ensure your travel is comfortable and safe, it's important that your carry-on baggage complies with our requirements of carriage. 

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Things to know

  • Arrive at the airport early and with sufficient time to ensure you are ready to fly at the time of departure.
  • Ensure your baggage doesn’t exceed the allowance and you’re able to lift your bag into the overhead locker, if your bag is too heavy or too large to fit safely onboard, you’ll need to check it in. 
  • If you’re travelling with powerbanks and spare or loose batteries, please ensure they are packed into your carry-on baggage.

Your carry-on baggage must:

  • fit under the seat in front of you or in an overhead locker (including musical instruments)
  • not exceed the carry-on baggage allowances
  • not include any dangerous goods unless permitted for carriage.

If your baggage meets the above requirements, but we reasonably believe it's not safe to be included as carry-on baggage, we may require you to check it in.

Before you fly, be sure to revisit this page in case of any changes, and read our Conditions of carriage for further information. 

When packing your carry-on baggage:

  • Ensure you take essential medication and prescriptions onboard with you in your carry-on.
  • Keep it as light as possible as there can be considerable distances to walk at some airports and space inside the cabin is limited.
  • If you're carrying fragile or valuable items, ensure they are appropriately packed.


Carry-on baggage allowances

During peak periods, cabin baggage storage may be limited.  To help get everyone in the air on time, check in your bags if you can.

Total dimensions are measured by adding together the length, height and depth of the bag. For domestic flights, you can check the type of aircraft you're traveling on in Manage Booking. Allowances for adults and children (except infants) on Qantas and QantasLink operated flights are as follows:

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Prohibited inflight travel accessories

To ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers, it is prohibited to use inflight travel accessories and devices which: 

  • attach to aircraft seats; 
  • are inserted between seats; or
  • otherwise block access to seat rows or aisles.

When in use, these devices have the potential to impede access to seats and aisles, damage aircraft seats and fixtures, and block access to emergency equipment. 

Examples of prohibited inflight accessories include, but are not limited to, inflatable cubes, ‘bed boxes’, and ‘leg hammocks’. This list is not exhaustive, and the decision to permit use of any other device rests with the cabin crew.

If your flight is operated by another airline, contact them directly to confirm their policy in relation to inflight travel accessories.

Airport security screening

All carry-on baggage is subject to security screening at airports, and dependant on the region your travelling from. Visit the region's government website to find out what you can and cannot take.

If travelling from Australia you can visit TravelSECURE. Find more information on items you can’t take on a planeOpens in a new tab or window, taking duty free items on the planeOpens in a new tab or window and travelling with powders, liquids, aerosols and gelsOpens in a new tab or window.

Important information

Disclaimer: * For a laptop computer to be considered a personal item it must be carried in a slim bag. Laptops carried in large laptop bags will be counted as part of your carry-on baggage allowance. Laptop computers must conform to any applicable regulatory requirements, be submitted for security screening, and must not be used during take-off or landing or interfere with the aircraft's power supply.