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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 in.)
Handbag: 55 x 38 x 20cm (22 x 15 x 8 in.)
Garment bag: 20cm (8 in.) thick when folded.

The weight of each piece must not exceed 7kg (15 lb). 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 in.)

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

You must be able to lift your own bag into the overhead locker. Cabin crew can assist you if you are elderly, traveling with young children, or have a condition that requires support.


Find out more about allowances for passengers traveling with infants.

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

Exemptions may be granted for oversized hand baggage containing valuable or fragile items that are too large to fit within the permitted bag size. 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.

Wheeled 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 in.). The larger, overnight models of this type of bag will not be permitted in the cabin.


Transiting through 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 restrictions apply to LAGs (liquids, aerosols, and gels) in cabin baggage for passengers boarding from or transiting through various 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 resealable plastic bag of a capacity not exceeding one (1) liter. Larger bags or bags that are nonsealable, 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, the 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 reboard 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 standardized internationally, are for the use of passengers who purchase LAGS at airport duty free or other outlets in transit to their next destination. Once sealed, the bags cannot be opened and then resealed without obvious indications. 

Liquids, Aerosols, and Gels (LAGs)—US bound 

US-bound passengers traveling on direct Emirates flights departing from Dubai International Airport are permitted to carry LAGs purchased from duty-free shops inside the Dubai International Airport concourse as cabin baggage, regardless of quantity and volume.

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

RegionLiquid RestrictionsSTEBs AcceptedExceptions
South Africa
South AfricaNo liquids are allowed for passengers transiting through 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.
Asia China
Hong Kong
South Korea, Thailand
Hong Kong
South Korea
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 &the Americas*Brazil
European Union
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
Saudi Arabia
All the above information is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Details are subject to change with little or no notice. Please contact your local Emirates office or 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 regarding hand baggage on commercial flights; although these are broadly similar to 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 on board, see here.

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