Carry-on baggage on the aircraft

Which baggage and how much is allowed on the aircraft? What happens if the carry-on baggage does not meet the size requirements? Here you will find more information regarding the transportation of carry-on baggage. 

Important information at a glance

 

 

 

 

Amount, weight and size of carry-on baggage

Carrier

Amount

Weight

Dimensions

TUI fly

1

max. 6 kg*

55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm

Air Via

1

max. 6 kg

55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm

Air Cairo

1

max. 5 kg

55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm

Bulgarian Air Charter

1

max. 6 kg

55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm

Condor

1

max. 6 kg

55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm

Corendon

1

max. 7 kg

55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm

Eurowings/

Germanwings

1

max. 8 kg

55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm

Lufthansa

1

max. 8 kg

55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm

Luxair

1

max. 8 kg

55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm

Pegasus

1

max. 8 kg

20 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm

Sun Express

1

max. 6 kg

55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm

Vueling

1

max. 10 kg

55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm

* 6 kilogrammes are permitted for Pure and Perfect fares on short and medium length routes, 8 kilogrammes for Pure and Perfect fares on long routes, 10 kilogrammes for passengers who book a Premium Seat on long routes. For more information about the specific fares, click here.

The following items can be brought along in addition to the carry-on baggage:

  • Laptop bag 

  • Women’s/men’s handbag, women’s/men’s wallet 

  • Coat or cape, scarf, blanket 

  • Shopping bags that contain items purchased in duty-free shops 

  • Umbrella (except for those with sharp ends)  

  • Small camera or binoculars 

  • Books and newspapers to read 

  • Walking aids or crutches that the passenger requires 

  • Baby wrapper 

  • Baby food 

 

NEW: TUI fly long route flights

On TUI fly long route flights, those who book Pure or Perfect fares are allowed to bring one piece of carry-on baggage (55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm) and one smaller piece of baggage (e.g. a laptop, handbag or purse up to a total of 8 kilogrammes. For passengers who book a Premium Seat, the total carry-on baggage permitted increases to 10 kilogrammes.

 

These rules may vary, depending on the airline. Please ask your airline for more specific information.

 

 

Exceeding the maximum weight or dimensions

If the carry-on baggage exceeds the maximum weight or dimensions, it must be booked as checked baggage. On TUI fly flights, excess baggage fees apply if the permissible carry-on baggage limits are exceeded. 

Items prohibited in carry-on baggage

(1) Guns, firearms and weapons 
Any item that is capable, or appears capable, of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile, including: 

• Firearms of all kinds, such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns 
• Toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons 
• Component parts of firearms, excluding telescopic sights 
• Compressed air and CO2 guns, such as air pistols, spring-loaded pistols, pellet guns and rifles, and ball bearing guns (BB guns) 
• Signal flare guns and starter pistols 
• Bows, cross bows and arrows 
• Launching devices for harpoons and spears 
• Slingshots and catapults 

 

(2) Stunning devices 
Devices designed specifically to stun or immobilise, including: 
 
• Devices for shocking, such as stun guns, tasers and stun batons 
• Devices for stunning and killing livestock 
• Disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace, pepper sprays, capsicum sprays, tear gas, acid sprays and animal repellent sprays; 

 
(3) Pointed or sharp items 
Pointed or sharp items that can be used to cause serious injury, including: 
  
• Chopping tools, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers 
• Ice axes and ice picks 
• Razor blades 
• Carpet knives 
• Knives with blades longer than 6 cm 
• Scissors with blades longer than 6 cm as measured from the pin 
• Martial arts devices that are pointed or sharp 
• Swords and sabres 
• Knitting needles 

 
(4) Tools 
Tools that can be used to cause serious injury or to endanger the safety or security of the aircraft, including: 

• Crowbars 
• Drills and drill bits, including portable power drills 
• Tools with a blade or shaft longer than 6 cm that could be used as weapons, such as screwdrivers or chisels 
• Saws, including portable power saws 
• Blowtorches 
• Industrial bolt guns and pneumatic nail guns 

 
(5) Blunt objects 
Objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit, including: 

• Baseball and softball bats 
• Clubs and batons, such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks 
• Martial arts equipment 

 
(6) Explosive and incendiary substances and devices 
Explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, including: 

• Ammunition 
• Blasting caps 
• Detonators and fuses 
• Replica or imitation explosive devices 
• Mines, grenades or other explosives used in the military 
• Fireworks and other pyrotechnical products 
• Smoke-generating canisters or cartridges 
• Dynamite, gunpowder or plastic explosives 

 
Important information regarding flights to the Cape Verde Islands (Boa Vista and Sal) 
In contrast to the legal regulations in Europe, the Aviation Security Authority of the Cape Verde Islands generally prohibits the transport of lighters in carry-on baggage or on the passenger’s person. 
 
At the security checks in Boa Vista and Sal, lighters will be confiscated and destroyed without exception! Repacking lighters in checked baggage is prohibited worldwide. 
 
Lighters identified during the screening process are also removed – and the respective checked baggage can even remain at the departing airport. 

 

Bringing medications along in carry-on baggage

Liquids that will be used during the period of travel, either for medical or special dietary reasons, are permitted for transport. 

For further information about bringing medications along in carry-on baggage, see the current EU carry-on baggage regulations.

 

Liquids in carry-on baggage

Passengers are only permitted to bring along liquids or comparable items with a similar consistency in carry-on baggage in limited amounts and in small, individual containers. Liquids include the following: 
 
• Gels 
• Pastes 
• Lotions 
• Mixtures of liquids and solids, such as toothpaste, hair gels, beverages, soups, syrup, perfume and other items with a similar consistency 
• as well as the contents of pressurized containers, such as shaving cream and hair spray 

For further information about transporting liquids in carry-on baggage, see the current EU carry-on baggage regulations

 

Current EU carry-on baggage regulations

The current EU carry-on baggage regulation applies for all flights that depart from or arrive at European Union airports, regardless of the destination or departure airport and the country in which the airline is based. 

Dealing with liquids on board 
The new directive of the European Commission with regard to civil air traffic limits the amount of liquids that passengers are allowed to have on board in carry-on baggage. Passengers are only permitted to bring along liquids or comparable items with a similar consistency in carry-on baggage in limited amounts and in small, individual containers. In this regard, please note that liquids must be carried in individual containers with a maximum capacity of 100 ml or a comparable amount (according to the maximum capacity as printed on the container – a 200 ml container that is half full is not permitted). All of these individual containers must be packed in a transparent, resealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than one (1) litre. Only one plastic bag is allowed per person. 

Liquids include the following: gels, pastes, mixtures of liquids and solids, such as toothpaste, hair gel, beverages, soups, syrup, perfume and other items with a similar consistency as well as the contents of pressurized containers, such as aerosols, shaving cream and hair spray. 
 
There are no specified, standard plastic bags. However, the respective 1-litre plastic bag must definitely be transparent and have an integrated sealing mechanism (e.g. a zipper, Velcro, “ziplock” or string closure). Because neither airports nor airlines are obligated to provide passengers with plastic bags, it s recommended that they be procured in advance. The easiest and least expensive method is to use the freezer bags with zip closures that are available in most supermarkets. 

Exceptions 
Excepted from the limitations for liquids transported in carry-on baggage are liquids that will be used during the period of travel, either for medical or special dietary reasons, including food, milk or juices for infants and babies travelling with the passenger. Passengers must also present these items separately from the other carry-on baggage at the checkpoint and, if required, provide evidence that indicates their necessity (e.g. prescriptions, description of the necessity, plausibility, etc.). 
In principle, there is an exception to the limitations on the amounts of liquids for goods purchased in duty free shops as follows. 

As of 31 January 2014, liquids from the duty free shops from any airport or aircrafts are generally allowed to be carried in carry-on baggage. The prerequisite is that the liquid be packaged together with the receipt of purchase in an undamaged, sealed security bag that can be checked with special controlling technology. Liquid medications and special liquid food are also examined using this controlling technology. The security bag is not allowed to be opened before reaching the final destination airport. All liquids must be able to be taken out of the baggage and presented separately for the aviation security check. If the safety of a liquid cannot be absolutely established, the liquid is not allowed to be carried in carry-on baggage. 

In case of questions, you can contact your airport or the federal police. 

Please note: 
Because the new EU directive requires an extensive and precise check of carry-on baggage, the waiting times at security checkpoints are expected to become longer than they were. Of course, the security personnel involved will try to keep the wait as short as possible. To do so, your compliance with the regulations listed here is essential and will guarantee a smooth process for all travellers. We recommend that you arrive at the check-in desk two hours before the scheduled departure time. 

In addition to the new regulations listed above with regard to carry-on baggage, passengers are obligated to remove their jackets, blazers or suitcoats at the airport security checkpoint and to take large electronic devices, e.g. notebooks, out of their bags.