Carry-on Baggage - General

Make sure you visit this page again before you travel in case of any change and read our Conditions of Carriage for further information.

Your Carry-on Baggage must:

  • fit under the seat in front of you or in an overhead locker (musical instruments must be placed in an overhead locker. See the Musical Instruments information below);
  • not exceed the Carry-on Baggage allowances; and
  • not include any Dangerous Goods unless permitted for carriage.

If your baggage meets the above requirements, but we reasonably believe that it is not safe for your baggage to be carried as Carry-on Baggage, we may require you to check it in.

Carry-on Baggage Allowances

Current Qantas and QantasLink Carry-on Baggage allowances for adults and children (except infants) are as follows.(See the Musical Instruments information below).

For Jetstar baggage information please refer to

  • US 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 does not count toward the carry - on baggage allowance.
RoutePiece Allowance & Dimensions*Weight Allowance
Australian Domestic (except Dash 8 services)
All Classes:
  • 2 x 105cm (41in) bags or
  • 1 x 105cm (41in) bag plus 1 x 185cm (73in) non rigid garment bag or
  • 1 x 115cm (45in) bag
7kg (15lb) per piece
Dash 8 services
  • 1 x 105cm (41in) bag
7kg (15lb) total
All International
First/Business/Premium Economy:
  • 2 x 115cm (45in) bags or
  • 1 x 115cm (45in) bag plus 1 x 185cm (73in) non rigid garment bag
  • 1 x 115cm (45in) bag or
  • 1 x 185cm (73in) non rigid garment bag
7kg (15lb) per piece
Baggage Dimensions

Maximum dimensions of Carry-on Baggage

Total dimensions are measured by adding together the length, height and depth of the bag.

LengthHeightDepthTotal linear dimensions
48cm (19in) + 34cm (13in) +23cm (9in) = 105cm (41in)
56cm (22in) + 36 cm (14in) + 23cm (9in) = 115cm (45in)
60cm (24in) + 114cm (45in) +11cm (4in) = 185cm (73in)
non-rigid garment bag
85cm (34in) +34cm (13in) +23cm (9in) = 142cm (56in)
musical instrument

In addition to your carry-on baggage allowance, you may also carry on board one small personal item such as a handbag, laptop computer*, overcoat, small camera, a reasonable amount of reading material or a small amount of duty free goods (where permitted).

Children and Infants

Children: Carry-on Baggage allowances are the same for adults.

Infants: There is no Carry-on Baggage allowance for infants. However, food and nappies required for infants during the flight may be carried in addition to the accompanying adult's Carry-on Baggage allowance.

Musical Instruments

A musical instrument in its hard-shell case which weighs no more than 7kgs and does not exceed the maximum dimensions for musical instruments set out above, can be taken as Carry-on Baggage and must be placed in the overhead locker.

If its total linear dimensions are 105cm (41in) or less, then it will be equivalent to a 105cm (41in) bag in the Carry-on Baggage Table. If its total linear dimensions are between 105cm (41in) and 142cm (56in) then it will be taken as equivalent to a 115cm (45in) bag in the Carry-on Baggage Table.

Please measure your musical instrument before arriving at the airport. A small musical instrument, for example most violins, usually fit within the musical instrument allowance. Larger musical instruments, for example most guitars, do not fit within the musical instrument allowance as detailed above. You must check in your larger musical instruments, alternatively you can purchase an extra seat and carry as a Bulky item.

We recommend arriving promptly to board your flight to ensure you can place your musical instrument safely in an overhead locker. All baggage is subject to security screening. Visit the Australian Government TravelSECURE website for more information.

Bulky Items

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

  • it weighs no more than 7kgs;
  • its dimensions do not exceed those set out in the table below;
  • you purchase an extra seat;
  • the item has a restraining point (handle) to allow it to be secured safely; and
  • you notify us at the time of booking that the seat is for a bulky item.

For more information and to make your request call our Contact Centre on 13 13 13 within Australia. Outside Australia, contact your local Qantas Office.

Examples of bulky items: diplomatic or courier bags, larger musical instrument (eg. cello), an artwork or piece of technical equipment.

Maximum dimensions of a Bulky Item that can be carried when you purchase an extra seat:

CabinHeightWidthDepthTotal linear dimensions
First  74cm (29in)  + 51cm (20in)   + 53cm (20.8in) = 178cm(69.8in)
Business   71cm (28in)   + 50cm (19.5in) + 48cm (19in)      = 169cm(66.5in)


 71cm (28in)   + 43cm (17in)  + 44cm (17.5in)   =  158cm(62in)

larger dimensions may be considered and would require engineering approvals, contact 131313 to request.

Liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) and hypodermic needles

If departing from any Australian international gateway airport then screening of liquids, aerosols and gels such applies (LAGs). 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 screening checkpoint.

Transiting passengers at Australian international airports (Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney) are permitted to take duty free LAGs purchases onboard their next international flight after they have been cleared at the screening checkpoint within the airport.

Duty free LAGs 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. Passengers should note that despite passing through Australian transit screening points, such LAGs items may be confiscated at other overseas airport transit screening points. For more information visit the TravelSECURE website.

Passengers travelling to the United States with a connecting flight will be permitted to carry liquids in excess of 100ml in their carry-on baggage, provided they were purchased in duty-free shops and placed in STEBs. Liquids that cannot be screened and cleared will not be allowed to remain in a passenger's 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 will be required to declare it at the airport screening point. For more information refer to the Medical Assistance page.

Dangerous Goods and other prohibited items

Make sure that your baggage complies with our guide to Dangerous Goods.

Prohibited inflight items

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 a particular device rests with the cabin crew onboard.

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

Security Screening

For information about security screening at airports, refer to the Australian Government travel security website.

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Important information:
* 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.
Laptops must:
 - conform to any applicable regulatory requirements;
 - be submitted for security screening;
 - not be used during take-off and landing;
 - not interfere with the aircraft’s power supply.