Cabin baggage rules

These allowances may vary depending on your route, class of travel and your Emirates Skywards membership tier. You can use our baggage allowance calculator to see exactly what cabin baggage you may bring onto your flight.

Cabin baggage allowances

Generally, the amount of cabin baggage you may bring depends on which service class you are flying.

First Class and Business Class customers are permitted two pieces of carry-on baggage: one briefcase plus either one handbag or one garment bag. The briefcase may not exceed 18 by 14 by 8 inches (45 by 35 by 20 centimeter); the handbag may not exceed 22 by 15 by 8 inches (55 by 38 by 20 centimeter); the garment bag can be no more than 8 inches (20 centimeter) thick when folded. The weight of each piece must not exceed 7 kilograms (15 pound).

Economy Class customers are permitted one (1) piece of carry-on baggage that should not exceed 22 by 15 by 8 inches (55 by 38 by 20 centimeter) and must weigh no more than 7 kilograms (15 pound).

Note: For customers boarding in India, you are allowed one piece of carry-on baggage. The size of the carry-on baggage may not exceed 115 centimeter or 45.3 inches (length + width + height).

Note: For all flights departing from Brazil customers can carry up to 10 kilograms of cabin baggage.

Duty free purchases such as liquor, cigarettes and perfume are also permitted in reasonable quantities for all service classes. However, liquid restrictions in effect in many airports may prevent these items from getting past security screening points. More about liquid restrictions.

Customers travelling with infants

Customers in any class of service who are travelling with an infant are permitted one piece of checked-in baggage for the infant that may not exceed 55 38 20 cm (22 15 8 ) in size and 23 (50) where the piece concept applies; or where the weight concept applies, 10 (22).

In addition, customers travelling with infants (and without a child seat) are permitted to bring one carry-cot or one fully collapsible stroller into the cabin if there is room. If there is no space for these items in the cabin, they will have to be checked. However, if checked, they will not count against your baggage allowance.

Transporting powders

On flights to, from or through the US, and flights from or through Australia and New Zealand, powders in containers equal to or over 350milliliters are not allowed in carry-on belongings or cabin baggage.

  • Powders in containers equal to or over 350milliliters have to be checked in.
  • Depending on the last point of departure, any powders in containers over 350milliliters in your carry-on baggage will be confiscated at Dubai International airport (DXB), Milan–Malpensa Airport (MXP) and Athens International Airport (ATH).
  • Powders under 350milliliters may be subject to additional screening.
  • Baby formula, prescription medicines and human remains are exempt.
  • Powder-like substances purchased in airport duty free shops must be placed in Sealed Tamper Evident Bags along with proof of purchase (receipt).

This is in accordance with new security guidelines from the US Transport Security Administration (TSA), the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs and the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.

Transporting liquids

Liquid restrictions on hand baggage now apply to all customers boarding from or transiting through Dubai International Airport as well as many other airports around the world.

Flights to certain countries, including Australia and New Zealand, have additional checks on liquids, aerosols and gels at the departure gate – any items which do not comply with the security restrictions below will be confiscated.

Please note that these checks may prevent you from carrying duty free liquid goods purchased prior to these flights, including items purchased on board, if carried as part of your normal hand baggage.

Items bought in Dubai International Airport can be sealed and delivered separately to the aircraft, for collection on arrival at your final destination, for customers travelling to or via countries with these restrictions.

In order to ensure that the liquids you bring on board comply with international regulations, please make certain that they are packaged and transported in the following manner:

  • 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 100 milliliter. Those carried in containers larger than 100 milliliter will not be accepted, even if the container is only partially filled.
  • These containers must be placed in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag of a maximum capacity not exceeding one litre. Larger bags or bags that are non-sealable, such as fold-over sandwich bags, are not allowed.
  • The containers must fit comfortably within the plastic bag, which is to be completely closed.
  • You will need to present the plastic bag for visual examination at the security screening point. Only one bag per customer will be permitted.
  • Exemptions will be made for medications, baby milk or foods, and special dietary requirements, but you will need to show an appropriate means of verifying the nature of these items.

For more details about transporting liquids, see our FAQ on hand baggage rules and liquids.

Sports equipment and musical instruments

Sports equipment and musical instruments are subject to the same size and weight restrictions as other forms of cabin baggage. However, it is possible to transport these items on a separate, paid-for seat in the cabin.

Please note that certain conditions and limitations may apply when transporting musical instruments. To review these conditions or if you have any questions regarding musical instrument transport, please get in touch with us.

Personal motorised vehicles are not allowed on board

For safety reasons, we can’t accept personal motorised vehicles such as hoverboards, mini-Segways and smart or self-balancing wheels on our flights. We can’t carry them either as checked-in baggage or as hand luggage as they contain large lithium batteries. This regulation still applies even if you’re connecting to our flights from an airline that has accepted them.

Restricted items and dangerous goods

Due to international regulations, and to ensure the safety of our customers, there are a number of restrictions on items that can be carried in your cabin baggage.

Items that may cause injury or represent any other security or safety threat can only be carried as checked baggage, and are not allowed in cabin baggage. These items should be appropriately packed for carriage as checked baggage, in accordance with IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and relevant Emirates regulations.

These items may include, but are not limited to:

  • Real or toy weapons
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Explosives or anything containing explosives (for example, fireworks or fire crackers)
  • Knives of any kind, type, shape or size
  • Letter openers
  • Metal cutlery
  • Slingshots
  • Razor blades and straight razor blades
  • Tradesmen's tools
  • Darts
  • Scissors
  • Nail files
  • Hypodermic needles and syringes (unless required for medical reasons and accompanied by a medical certificate confirming the medical condition necessitating carriage)
  • Knitting needles
  • Corkscrews
  • Laser pointers

Dangerous goods are classified as items or substances that may pose health and safety hazards to customers. The transport of these goods is regulated by Civil Aviation Regulations, and they are generally not allowed in either cabin baggage or checked baggage, with some exceptions.

All fireworks and any other items containing explosives, for example Christmas crackers, firecrackers, bottle rockets, poppers and sparklers are forbidden to be carried either as carry-on baggage or as checked baggage on our flights.

See the guide to dangerous goods to determine what items are classified as dangerous goods, what is permitted in baggage and what you need to declare at the airport. See our conditions of carriage (Article 8.3.6) for rules on items confiscated by Security.

Medical equipment on board

The use of certain medical devices on board Emirates flights is permitted: please see our information on health and special needs for details of permitted devices and any restrictions.

Cabin baggage placement

All cabin baggage must fit either under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead lockers. Baggage may not be placed behind your legs, in the aisles or in front of emergency exits.

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