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Air Canada Baggage Allowance, Service Policies


Being the largest airline of Canada, Air Canada is serving the passengers in approximately 200 destinations worldwide. There are 64 domestic and 158 international destinations served across Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania by Air Canada. Passengers traveling by Air Canada should follow the baggage guidelines as you are not allowed to bring everything on board. The rules and regulations are strict and vary as per the destination country you chose to fly.


Know About the Baggage Allowance In Air Canada: 

Carry-on Baggage: As a carry on you are allowed to bring 1 standard article and a personal article. The maximum dimensions including wheels and handles for standard baggage are 23 x 40 x 55 cm and that for the personal article is 16 x 33 x 43 cm.  

Since there is no weight limit on carry-on baggage but you must ensure that it should be light and can easily fit in the overhead bin or under the front seat of yours.  


Liquid and Gels:

It would be better if you purchase the liquid after the security check. No more than 100ml liquid or gel is allowed in cabin baggage. Also, it is not allowed to consume own alcoholic beverages in the flight. 

Special Items: In addition to the carry-on items you can also bring some other items that are considered special.

  • Garment
  • Small purse no more than 25cm x 30cm x 14cm
  • Stroller not more than 25.5 cm diameter and 92 cm length
  • Snacks and Food Items
  • Electronic cigarettes


Checked Baggage Allowance by Air Canada:

The checked baggage allowance depends on the arrival, destination airport and the class of ticket you have purchased. You can directly check the checked baggage allowance  on the website of Air Canada.

In case you exceed the allowed limit (number, size, weight) additional checked baggage charges will apply. Also, you need to reach 120 minutes before departure if checking additional bags, or overweight or oversized piece i.e more than 32 kg in weight, 292 cm linear dimensions, and/or 203 cm in length.


Restricted Items by Air Canada:

Those who have booked a flight with Air Canada  have to follow the general rules. Since there are restrictions on some items and are not allowed to bring on the plane. These are:

Items Carrying Information Carry on Checked In
(PEDs) Containing Cells or Battery Packs Maximum 15 devices


Yes No
Electric toothbrushes and/or shavers _ Yes Yes
Lithium Metal Cells and Battery Packs Maximum lithium metal 2 grams or less. Yes No
Alkaline, dry cell, Nickel Metal Hydrid, Nickel Cadmium, and Silver Oxide Batteries Devices are permitted Yes (Both Device + spare cell) Yes (Only device)
Lithium battery-powered vehicles _ No No




Should be turned off and safely stowed Yes Yes (After removing lithium battery)
Camping Equipment


§  Except Fuel tablets, Camping stove gas cartridges No Yes
Liquid & Gel Alcohol content should be less than 70 % Yes (max. 100ml) Yes (Max. 2 L)


Oxidizing materials


Items like Bleach, bleaching powder and peroxides No No
Defence Spray Items like bear spray, mace, and pepper spray No No
Flammable liquids Items like gasoline, petroleum spirits No No
Radioactive materials _ No No


Special Items: Items related to sports, music, and hunting are described as special items.

Sports Equipment: A wide range of sports equipment can be transferred on the flight but there are some specific rules and restrictions on it. You have to inform 24 hours before your flight by contacting the staff of Air Canada if you have any kind of sports equipment. For more details you can check out the charges, packing instructions and item information  from the website directly.


Items not accepted as checked baggage

The following items are not accepted as checked baggage because of their overall dimensions:

  • Bobsleighs
  • Canoes
  • Hang gliders
  • Luges
  • Windsurfing equipment

Musical Instruments: Before traveling with music instruments it is the travelers’ responsibility to properly pack the item in a rigid or hard shell container to prevent the damage.


Carry-on Requirements

  • The instrument is counted as a part of your carry-on baggage so it must meet the carry-on size limit otherwise you have to purchase a seat for the instrument.
  • The musical instrument should not exceed 162.5 cm in height/length or 36 kg in weight.


As Checked Baggage:

  • It must be properly packed to avoid any kind of damage.
  • As per your fare type, the music instrument will be counted as one piece of baggage.
  • If it fails to meet the maximum allowance as checked baggage then you have to pay the additional charges.


Hunting Equipment: 

  • Make sure you register the hunting equipment before 24 hours of the flight.
  • If traveling with such equipment, reach the airport 30 minutes before the recommended check-in time.
  • Charges will be applied if exceeds the maximum allowed limit as per the fare type.

Air Canada Delayed or Damaged Baggage Policy:

Sometimes, passengers have to face the problem of delayed or damaged baggage. For such situation Air Canada have mentioned its basic regulations as described below:

While traveling on Air CanadaAir Canada Express or Air Canada Rouge flight if you find a delay in your baggage then immediately inform the agent at the airport. In return, you will be provided with a File Reference Number to check the status of your baggage. Also, the refund will be processed that you paid to check your baggage on Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, and Air Canada Express flights. In case your baggage is not located within 5 working days the application is transferred to Central Baggage Tracing.

For lost/ damaged items you can claim within 21 days from the date at which you have received the baggage. For this you will need to show the following proofs:


  • All original receipts
  • File Reference Number
  • Flight information and passenger name (as on ticket)
  • Baggage tags and boarding passes


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