What is my allowance for cabin baggage?

First Class and Business Class

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

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

The weight of each piece must not exceed 7 kilograms (15 pounds). 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 piece of carry-on baggage, subject to the following size and weight limitations.

Carry-on baggage: 55 by 38 by 20 centimeters (22 by 15 by 8 inches)

Weight must not exceed 7 kilograms (15 pounds). 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.

Exceptions

Find out more about allowances for passengers traveling with infants.

For customers boarding at airports in India:

  1. You are allowed one piece of carry-on baggage.
  2. The total dimensions of any bag cannot exceed 115centimeter or 45.3 inches (length + width + height).

Customers traveling to and from Brazil are allowed a carry-on weighing up to 10 kilograms (22 pound).

Exemptions may be granted for oversized carry-on luggage containing valuable or fragile items that are too large to fit within the permitted bag size. Such oversized baggage shall be presented 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 about your baggage allowance on other airlines.

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 114 centimeter (45 inches). 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 dimensions given above may not be permitted in the cabin on flights departing from Dubai. The baggage will be transferred to the aircraft hold and a checked baggage receipt will be issued. Excess baggage rates will be applied when the carry-on baggage allowance is exceeded.

Liquids, aerosols, and gels in carry-on luggage

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

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

  2. These containers must be placed in a transparent, resealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of 1 liter. Larger bags or bags that are nonsealable, such as foldover sandwich bags, are not allowed.

  3. The containers must fit comfortably within the transparent plastic bag, which must 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 screening.

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

Note: 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 rules in place for liquids, aerosols, and gels and will remove liquids during transit.

Security Tamper-Evident Bags (STEBS)

Liquids, aerosols, and gels 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 liquids, aerosols, and gels 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 US bound

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

Upon arrival in the US, passengers must place any items over 100 milliliters in checked baggage for onward US domestic or international flights.

RegionLiquid RestrictionsSTEBs AcceptedExceptions
AfricaEgypt
Kenya
Mauritius
Nigeria
South Africa
Tanzania
Uganda
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 may be carried on board, depending on the regulations of the transit/final destination country.
Asia China
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 Zealandnot availableAustralia does not currently accept STEBs
Europe & the AmericasThe US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented a series of security measures regarding carry-on luggage; although these rules are broadly similar to EU regulations, the quantities of liquids, aerosols, and gels allowed are slightly different.Brazil
European Union
Iceland
Norway
Russia
Switzerland
Turkey
UK
Turkey
USThe US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented a series of security measures regarding carry-on luggage; although these rules are broadly similar to EU regulations, the quantities of liquids, aerosols, and gels allowed are slightly different.
The US accepts STEBS from shops inside the Dubai Airport concourse. On arrival in the US, passengers must place STEBS over 100 ml in checked baggage for onward domestic or international flights.
Middle EastBahrain
Dubai
Kuwait
Lebanon
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Yemen
Dubainot available
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 above to the individual regulatory authorities for further information.
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