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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Baggage allowance calculator

Use our baggage calculator below to work out how much you can pack on your next trip. 


Things to know

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

It’s up to you to 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. 

When travelling on an itinerary with a domestic and international flight, please pack for the international sector (except Dash 8 services).

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

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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.

Carry-on baggage allowances

Carry-on baggage allowances for adults and children (except infants) on Qantas and QantasLink operated flights are as follows:

Australian domestic (except Dash 8 services)

All classes, one piece up to 22lbs per piece; 30lbs total.

Sketch of a 7kg bag

1 x 45in bag

= 22in + 9in + 14in


sketch of two small bags

2 x 41in bags

= 19in + 9in + 13in


sketch of small bag and garment bag

1 x 41in bag 

= 19in + 9in + 13in


1 x 73in non rigid garment bag

= 24in + 4in + 45in

Dash 8 services

All classes, one piece up to 15lbs.

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1 x 41in bag 

= 19in  + 9in + 13in

All international

First, Business and Premium Economy

All classes, one piece up to 22lbs per piece; 30lbs total.

Sketch of standard bag

1 x 45in bag

= 22in + 9in + 14in



sketch of two small bags

2 x 41in bags

= 19in + 9in + 13in


sketch of small bag and garment bag

1 x 41in bag

= 19in + 9in + 13in


1 x 73in non rigid garment bag

= 24in + 4in + 45in


One piece up to 22lbs.

sketch of standard bag

1 x 45in bag 

= 22in + 9in + 14in


sketch of garment bag

1 x 73in non rigid garment bag

= 24in + 4in + 45in

In addition to your carry-on baggage allowance, you may also carry onboard 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).

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.

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.

Maximum dimensions of carry-on baggage

Baggage dimensions how to measure

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

Children and infants

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

However, for infants, 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.

Bulky items

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

  • it weighs no more than 15lbs
  • 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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69.8in bag

= 29in + 20in + 20.8in

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66.5in bag

= 28in + 19.5in + 19in

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Premium Economy and Economy

62in bag

= 28in + 17in + 17.5in

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

Liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs), powders and hypodermic needles

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 TravelSECUREOpens external site in a new window.

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.

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 TravelSECUREOpens external site. Find more information on items you can’t take on a planeOpens external site in a new window, taking duty free items on the planeOpens external site in a new window and travelling with powders, liquids, aerosols and gelsOpens external site in a new 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.