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.
  • If you’re travelling with powerbanks and spare or loose batteries, please ensure they are packed into your carry-on baggage. Find out how to carry and pack batteries and powerbanks

Your carry-on baggage must:

  • be able to be stowed in the overhead locker or under the seat in front of you,
  • not exceed the carry-on baggage allowances,
  • you’re able to lift your bag into the overhead locker if required (including musical instruments and strollers) and
  • does not include any dangerous goods unless permitted for carriage.

Note: If your bag is too heavy or too large to fit safely onboard, and we reasonably believe it’s not safe to be included as carry-on baggage you’ll need 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

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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:

All classes, one piece 10kg max; 14kg total with either combination:

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One standard piece

(Equal to a small-sized wheelie bag)

  • 10kg total
  • Bag size: 56cm long + 36cm wide + 23cm deep
  • Item must be placed in the overhead locker

OR

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Two small pieces

(Equal to a small duffle-style bag or backpack)

  • 14kg total (one piece 10kg max)
  • Bag size: 48cm long + 34cm wide + 23cm deep
  • One item must be placed in the overhead locker and second item under the seat in front of you.

OR

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One small piece and garment bag

(Equal to a small duffle-style bag or backpack)

  • 14kg total (one piece 10kg max)
  • Bag size: 48cm long + 34cm wide + 23cm deep
  • Non-rigid garment bag size: 114cm long x 60cm wide x 11cm deep 
  • One item must be placed in the overhead locker and second item under the seat in front of you.

Note:

  • In addition to your carry-on baggage allowance, you may also bring onboard one small personal item such as a handbag, laptop, camera, reading material or a small amount of duty-free goods (where permitted). Personal items must be stowed underneath the seat in front of you.
  • When travelling on an itinerary with a domestic and international flight, please pack for the international flight (except Dash 8 services).

All classes

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One small piece

  • 7kg total
  • Bag size: 48cm long + 34cm wide + 23cm deep

Note:

  • You may bring a small wheelie bag as carry-on baggage. This will be tagged as Premium Hand Luggage at the gate, collected upon boarding, and returned to you upon arrival.

Economy class

One piece 7kg (15lb) in the following options:

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Single bag

1 piece of 115cm luggage

= 56 cm + 36 cm + 23 cm.

OR

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Garment bag

1 x 185cm non-rigid garment bag

= 60cm + 11cm + 114cm.

First, Business and Premium Economy

All classes, one piece up to 10kg (22lb) or combined total 14kg (30lb) in the following combinations:

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Two bags

2 x 105cm bags

= 48cm + 34cm + 23cm

One piece up to 10kgs; 14kgs total.

OR

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Single bag + Garment bag

1 x 105cm bag 

= 48cm + 34cm + 23cm

+

1 x 185cm non-rigid garment bag

= 60cm + 11cm + 114cm

One piece up to 10kgs; 14kgs total.

Note:

  • In addition to your carry-on baggage allowance, you may also bring onboard one small personal item such as a handbag, laptop, camera, reading material or a small amount of duty free goods (where permitted).
  • If you're taking two pieces of baggage, you'll need to stow one of your bags underneath the seat in front of you.
  • USA flights only: there is no limit on the number of pieces of mobility equipment allowed to be carried for customers with a disability and it doesn't count toward the carry-on baggage allowance.

Only one piece of carry-on baggage is permitted on international flights from India.

The following allowances apply to each cabin, and can be taken as a single bag or garment bag:

Business - One piece up to 10kgs (22lb) 

Economy - One piece up to 7kg (15lb).

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Single bag

1 x 115cm bag

= 56cm + 36cm + 23cm.

OR

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Garment bag

1 x 185cm non-rigid garment bag

= 60cm + 11cm + 114cm.

Note: additional personal items aren't permitted.

The carry-on baggage allowance for children is the same as for adults.

However, for infants (under 2 years), there is no carry-on baggage allowance. Food and nappies required during a flight may be carried in addition to the accompanying adult's carry-on baggage allowance.

Collapsible strollers that meet the carry-on allowance baggage dimensions in their collapsed state and weigh less than 7kgs can be stowed onboard in the overhead compartment. The stroller must be collapsed prior to boarding and embarkation of the aircraft and will be counted as a piece of the accompanying adult’s carry-on baggage allowance. Find more information on parents travelling with children

A bulky item can be carried in the cabin (except on Dash 8 services) provided that:

  • it weighs no more than 7kgs
  • its dimensions don’t exceed the maximum specified in the table below
  • you purchase an extra seat
  • the item has a restraining point (handle) to allow it to be secured safely
  • you notify us at the time of booking that the seat is for a bulky item.

For more information and to make your request, contact your local Qantas office

Examples of bulky items: diplomatic or courier bags, larger musical instrument (e.g. cello), artworks or a piece of technical equipment.

Maximum dimensions of a bulky item

When you purchase an extra seat, the total dimensions of a bulky item you can carry onboard is calculated by adding the height, width and depth.

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First

178cm bag

= 74cm + 51cm + 53cm.

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Business

169cm bag

= 71cm + 50cm + 48cm.

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Premium Economy and Economy

158cm bag

= 71cm + 43cm + 44cm.

Larger dimensions may be considered but will require engineering approval. For more information, contact your local Qantas office

If you are travelling on a Jetstar flight booked via qantas.com, you will have 7kg of carry on baggage allowance, discover more on your Jetstar experience

For Jetstar baggage information visit Jetstar.com 

For oneworld® member and partner airlines if you are flying on a partner airline throughout your journey, please refer to their individual websites for up to date information regarding carry-on baggage allowances.

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Additional baggage

Need to bring a bit extra? Pre-purchase an additional baggage allowance online and save on airport excess baggage rates.

Purchase additional baggage

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 planetaking duty free items on the plane and travelling with powders, liquids, aerosols and gels

When departing from any Australian international airport (on international or domestic flights), all liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) must be screened. LAGs such as toiletries are required to be 100mls or less and must be displayed within a clear resealable plastic bag and screened at the checkpoint.

When transiting at Australian international airports (Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney) you're permitted to take duty free LAGs purchases onboard your next international flight after they have been cleared at the screening checkpoint within the airport.

You'll also need to present any forms of powders you may be travelling with in your carry-on baggage. There are no restrictions on the carriage of organic powder materials such as baby formula, protein powder and most cosmetics. However inorganic powders, which include salt, sand, some talcum products, must not exceed 350ml in volume or 350g in weight. Other powders exempt from the restriction include medical or therapeutic products and cremated remains (ashes).

Duty free LAGs and powders need to have been purchased at an airport retail outlet or onboard an inbound international flight and must be contained within secure, tamper-evident bags (STEBs) and accompanied by a proof of purchase receipt.

Note that despite passing through Australian transit screening points, LAGs and powders may be confiscated at other overseas airport transit screening points. For more information visit TravelSECURE

When travelling to the United States with a connecting flight, you'll be permitted to carry liquids in excess of 100ml in your carry-on baggage, provided they were purchased in duty-free shops and placed in STEBs.

Liquids that can't be screened and cleared will not be allowed to remain in your carry-on baggage. This may include liquids in opaque, ceramic, or metallic bottles, or other containers that cannot be effectively scanned.

If you need to travel with a hypodermic needle you'll be required to declare it at the airport screening point. See medical assistance for more information.

Important information

Disclaimer: * For a laptop 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. Laptops 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.