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British Airways limits hand luggage size and checked baggage allowance

British Airways limits hand luggage size and checked baggage allowance

Recently, British Airways decided to make slight changes for its baggage rules due to company policy update. It will be a confident decision for its passengers to catch up with British Airways new rules update regarding travelling with baggage before booking a flight to a destination.

British Airways updated baggage rules information is written below in this article regarding allowed measures per passenger, and the cost of additional charges. However, the airline allowed its passengers to keep their most personal belongings with them by letting them enter the flight cabin with a small suitcase for free of charge.

BA Hand Luggage Rules

British Airways allows its passengers to carry two bags into the cabin when travelling to a destination. The weight must not exceed 23kg each. The small handbag or laptop-sized bag must not be longer than 40CM X 30CM X 15CM. The other cabin bag can be a little larger in size as of 56CM X 45CM X 25CM, and must not exceed 23kg. 

Same allowances apply on hand baggage only (Basic) fares which are available on selected British Airways short and long-haul flights.

BA Checked Luggage Rules

The passengers of British Airways have the option to do their packing up to ten bags, not exceeding the weight of 23kg for Economy and Premium Economy and 32kg for business and first-class, the size of 90CM X 75CM X 43 CM or lesser. British Airways won’t allow splitting the weight across all bags, and it has to be under the assigned measurements and weighing.

The charges are starting from £20 for the first bag (for hand baggage only ticket), and £60 for additional bags fixed by the departing airport and destination. If the limit exceeds, British Airways will charge additionally £65 for a bag per journey. Any other larger bags have to go into the hold in order to check-in.

Extra and Overweight baggage

When you are packing, do not exceed the weight limit given by the airline authorities. Make sure to measure appropriately and divide your valuable and non-valuable items correctly.

Sporting Goods and Musical Instruments

Inform the airline regarding your musical instruments or sporting goods beforehand to find out the additional costs or overweight costs. 

Banned and restricted items

  • Toiletries
  • Liquide medicine
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Liquid components of e-cigarettes
  • Food items, such as soups, sauces, jam and jelly (separate guidelines for baby food)
  • Powders on flights to the USA and from Australia (coffee, sugar, spices, powder milk, cosmetics)

Laws will be ease for some requirements depending on the circumstance, and please check important security information before packing.

Packaging Tips

Hand baggage tips

  • Always make sure to store your valuables, money, and travel documents in your hand baggage.
  • Keep British airways mobile app installed and your mobile phone handy at all times to access your boarding pass in case of an emergency.
  • If you are taking medication, keep your prescription handy and pack your medicine, including liquids or syringes in your hand baggage.
  • Always follow British Airways guidelines when carrying medicine and restricted items.
  • Keep your electronic devices fully charged.

Checked baggage tips

  • Pack your baggage according to your destination’s weather forecast.
  • Place heavy items at the bottom of the baggage.
  • Fill gaps between the spaces by rolling and placing smaller items such as socks and underwear to reduce bending.
  • Place toiletries in separate plastic bags, especially, seal liquid items by covering its top using a tape.
  • Always limit the weight of your belongings to the free offered baggage allowance.

If you have any concerns about British Airways baggage information, deal prices, or booking a holiday trip, please consult with one of our Travel Specialists to stay up to date with Travel Center UK.


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