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Baggage

What is my allowance for cabin baggage?

First Class and Business Class

First Class and Business Class passengers are permitted two (2) pieces of carry-on baggage: one (1) briefcase plus either one (1) handbag or one (1) garment bag, all subject to the following size and weight limitations:

Briefcase: 45 x 35 x 20cm (18 x 14 x 8 inches)
Handbag: 55 x 38 x 20cm (22 x 15 x 8 inches)
Garment bag: 20cm (8 inches) thick when folded.

The weight of each piece must not exceed 7kg (15lb). While duty free purchases of liquor, cigarettes and perfume in reasonable quantities are also permitted in addition to the above, exceptions apply with new liquid restrictions in place.

Economy Class

Economy Class passengers are permitted one (1) piece of carry-on baggage, either a handbag or laptop bag, subject to the following size and weight limitations:

Handbag: 55 x 38 x 20cm (22 x 15 x 8 inches)

Weight must not exceed 7kg (15lb). Duty free purchases of liquor, cigarettes and perfume in reasonable quantities are also permitted in addition to the above.

Exceptions

Find out more about allowances for passengers travelling with infants.

For passengers boarding at airports in India, the total dimensions of the bag are not to exceed 115cm or 45.3 inches (length + breadth + height).

Exemptions may be granted for oversized hand baggage containing an item or items which are too large to fit within the permitted bag size and are valuable or fragile. Such oversized baggage shall be presented by the passenger for approval at check-in and at the screening point of examination.

If your itinerary includes flights operated by other airlines, different baggage rules may apply for these flights – learn more.

‘Wheelie’ bags

Please note that rolling bags with built-in wheels and retractable handles will be permitted as cabin baggage only if the total dimensions (length + width + height) add up to less than 114cm (45 inches). The larger, overnight models of this type of bag will not be permitted in the cabin.

 

Transiting or departing from Dubai

Items in excess of the maximum limitations above may not be permitted in the cabin on flights departing from Dubai. If cabin baggage is not accepted by Emirates ground staff a handling fee of AED 50 per item may apply. The baggage will be transferred to the aircraft hold and a checked baggage receipt will be issued.

Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs) in cabin baggage

In line with regulations recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the following LAGs (liquids, aerosols and gels) restrictions on cabin baggage apply for passengers boarding from or transiting through various other international airports, including Dubai:

  1. All liquids, gels and aerosols, pastes, lotions, creams, drinks and other items of similar consistency must be in containers with a capacity no greater than 100ml. Those carried in containers larger than 100ml will not be accepted, even if the container is only part-filled.

  2. These containers must be placed in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag of a maximum capacity not exceeding one (1) litre. Larger bags or bags that are non-sealable, such as fold-over sandwich bags, are not allowed.

  3. The containers must fit comfortably within the transparent plastic bag, which is to be completely closed.

  4. The plastic bag is to be presented for visual examination at the screening point. Only one transparent plastic bag per passenger will be permitted. 

  5. Exemptions will be made for medications, baby milk / foods and special dietary requirements. Appropriate and proportionate means of verifying the nature of such items will need to be available.

To facilitate screening and avoid a cluttered X-ray image, such plastic bags should be presented apart from other cabin baggage, coats, jackets and laptops for separate X-ray screening.

Passengers transiting in countries adhering to these measures may not be able to take duty free liquid goods past the transit security check. 

Note the following: if you are transiting/connecting through Bangkok/Singapore/Kuala Lumpur (BKK/SIN/KUL) and have to exit the aircraft and then re-board to continue, these airports now have strict LAGS rules in place and will remove liquids during transit.

Security Tamper-Evident Bags (STEBS)

LAGs in any volume, purchased at airport retail outlets (e.g. Dubai Duty Free) or on board the aircraft, will not be allowed through security screening points, unless they:

  • are carried in a Security Tamper-Evident Bag (STEB); and
  • have been protected from unlawful interference by a process of supply chain security (as applied in Dubai).

These bags, which have not yet been standardised internationally, are for the use of passengers who purchase LAGS at airport Duty Free or other outlets and will be in transit to their next destination. Once sealed, the bags cannot be opened and then re-sealed without obvious indications. 

Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs)  US bound 

US bound passengers travelling on direct Emirates flights departing from Dubai International Airport to the USA are permitted to carry LAGs items purchased from Duty Free Shops inside Dubai International Airport concourse irrespective of quantity and volume, as cabin baggage.

Upon arrival in the US, the passengers would need to place any items over 100ml in their checked baggage for any onward US domestic/international flights.

RegionLiquid RestrictionsSTEBs AcceptedExceptions
AfricaEgypt
Kenya
Mauritius
Nigeria
South Africa
Tanzania
Uganda
South AfricaNo liquids are allowed for passengers transiting in Mauritius.

For passengers departing from Mauritius, liquids are not allowed. However, liquids purchased at duty free can be carried on board depending on the regulations of the transit/ final destination country.
AsiaChina
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Japan
Malaysia
Mauritius
Pakistan
Philippines
Seychelles
Singapore
South Korea Thailand
China
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Malaysia
Maldives
Singapore
South Korea
Thailand
No liquids whatsoever are permitted in hand luggage in
the Philippines

India does not currently accept STEBs
Australia &New ZealandAustralia New ZealandAustralia does not currently accept STEBs
Europe &Americas*Brazil
European Union
Iceland
Norway
Russia
Switzerland
Turkey
UK
Turkey
USA*
USA accepts STEBS from shops inside the Dubai Airport concourse. On arrival in the USA, passengers need to place STEBS (over 100ml) in their checked baggage for any onward domestic/ international flights.
Middle EastBahrain
Dubai
Kuwait
Lebanon
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Yemen
Dubai
All the above information is to the best of our knowledge correct at the time of publishing. Details are subject to change with little or no notice. Please contact your local Emirates office, departure airport or follow the links to the individual regulatory authorities above for further information.
View more information on EU hand baggage regulations and FAQs here.

* The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented a series of security measures for commercial flights regarding hand baggage, although broadly similar to the EU regulations the quantities of fluids and gels allowed are slightly different.

Please note that laser pointers are also prohibited on board Emirates aircraft. Find more information on the TSA advisory on security measures, and a list of items allowed onboard here.

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