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Cabin Baggage Rules

To ensure that travel is comfortable and safe for all customers, it is important that baggage carried in the cabin comply with a set of rules and allowances.
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Cabin Allowance per Cabin Class

Cabin baggage allowances may vary depending on your route, class of travel and your Emirates Skywards membership tier.


Economy Class



Carry-on dimensions should not exceed 55 by 38 by 22 cm


Premium Economy



Carry-on dimensions should not exceed 55 by 38 by 22 cm


Business & First Class




Briefcase or garment bag

The briefcase may not exceed 45 by 35 by 20 cm; the handbag may not exceed 55 by 38 by 22 cm; the garment bag can be no more than 20 cm thick when folded.

With Infants

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.

Read more about travelling with infants.

Boarding from India

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 centimeters (length + width + height).

Travel from Brazil


For all flights departing from Brazil, customers can carry up to 10 kg of cabin baggage.

Duty Free Purchases

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.

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.
illustration of a person organising a red carry-on bag in the overhead bin onboard

Transporting Liquids

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.

Liquids containers



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 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.

Baby Food & Special Dietary Restrictions

Exemptions will be made baby milk of foods, special medications and dietary restrictions

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.

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 350ml are not allowed in carry-on belongings or cabin baggage.

  • Powders in containers equal to or over 350ml have to be checked in.
  • Depending on the last point of departure, any powders in containers over 350ml in your carry-on baggage will be confiscated at Dubai International (DXB), Milan–Malpensa Airport (MXP) and Athens International Airport (ATH).
  • Powders under 350ml 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.