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Information About Carry-on Weight Limit For International Travelers


Either moving for a weekend gateway or a business trip carry-ons are the primary thing in which you want to squeeze down everything. Everyone wants to limit the baggage so avoiding checked baggage is the best idea for that. It can be done in domestic travel easily but for international travel, it might get difficult somehow.

If you’re traveling internationally, packing everything into an approved-size of carry-on may not be enough.

So, let’s begin with some questions that are must be answered: 

Is there carry-on weight restriction in international carriers?

Yes, there is carry-on weight restriction in some of the US carriers. On international carriers of US airlines, there are restrictions on what you can carry, can’t carry and how much to carry on-board. Most of the time, airlines that limit the weight of carry-ons will ask you to weigh your bag as check-in and if you can’t find any gate-check option you have to pay the heavy fine for overweight of carry-ons. 

Which Airlines do not restrict the carry-on weight limit?

Some of the major airlines such as American, Delta, and United don’t generally put weight restrictions on carry-on bags. Your baggage should be of limited size that can be easily fitted in the overhead bin or under the seat. 

What is the carry-on weight limit?

Each airline has a different weight limit of carry-on. Here’s the list of airlines with the weight limit in economy class:

  • Air New Zealand: 15 pounds
  • American Airlines: 40 pounds
  • ANA: 22 pounds
  • Swiss: 17.6 pounds
  • Delta Airlines: No carry-on weight restrictions on most flights
  • Emirates: 15 pounds
  • Singapore Airlines: 15 pounds
  • Air Canada: 22 pounds
  • Korean Air: 25 pounds
  • British Airways: 51 pounds
  • Hawaiian Airlines: 25 pounds
  • Lufthansa Airlines: 17.6 pounds
  • Virgin Atlantic: 22 pounds
  • Qantas: 15 pounds
  • KLM: 26 pounds
  • United: No carry-on weight restrictions on most flights


Some useful tips to know before you fly internationally:

  • Be sure to check the mentioned baggage weight on the airlines’ website properly. Also, if they have provided any related notice don’t forget to stick to that before you pack.
  • The above-mentioned limit is for economy class passengers for first and business class flights the limit can be extended.
  • In addition to a single carry on some of the airlines allow you to bring an additional personal or handbag for personal items or laptops.
  • You can avoid extra charges if you measure and weight your bag properly before your flight.
  • As regulations may have changed or updated so check it before you start packing.


What things are allowed in a carry-on bag?

It is well-known that what you put in your carry-on bag is regulated or restricted. Generally in all the airlines regardless of your destination, you cannot bring containers of liquid, paste, aerosol, gel, or cream more than 3.4 ounces through security. Make sure to check the specific rules of your carrier so you don’t have to throw anything.

Is there any TSA carry-on size?

No there isn’t any standard TSA carry-on luggage size mentioned. It varies from airport to airport due to different X-ray machines. Just follow the mentioned size by the airlines you have booked.

What is allowed as a personal item?

Some airlines allow passengers to carry a personal item additional to carry-on baggage. A personal item is a bag like a purse, briefcase, or laptop bag. It should be small enough under the mentioned size so that it can easily fit under the seat in front of you.

How to travel with Carry-on Only?

Flying on a short trip? Then you can avoid taking checked baggage. As moving with too much stuff is not so easy.

Here are some tips to fill your essentials in a carry on only. 

  • Fill your pockets:If you are moving with some heavy items then just fill your pockets with such small and heavy things.
  • Wear heavy Clothes: Clothes that are heavy and large such as a jacket and sweater cover more space in bags. So, it is better to wear them and put anything else in that space.
  • Pack less & Necessary Only: you have to leave your favorite clothes and shoes at home. Only take the necessary things with you that you’ll need on the trip.
  • Compress: Pack the items in small compressible bags and put those in single baggage. In this way, you can limit your baggage size.


So, next time book a flight that fulfills your demand. Keep an eye on the baggage size and weight limit before you go with any. It will help you in saving some money.

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