Air Canada Luggage Requirements


Air travel can be tiring but also exciting, depending on whether you have everything you need during the flight. But with recent changes in governmental safety regulations and airline restrictions, it can be difficult to keep up with what exactly can be brought aboard, what should be checked and what must stay at home. Here are the regulations for Air Canada.

Carry-on baggage regulations

Each person is allowed one standard article and one personal article. A standard carry-on bag cannot be larger than 23cm x 40cm x 55cm (22in x 16in x 9in) or heaver than 10 kg (22lbs). Standard carry-on baggage includes suitcases, briefcases and consular bags.

Personal bags must be smaller than 16cm x 33cm x 43cm and cannot be heaver than 10kg (22lbs). Personal carry-on items include purses, laptop cases, diaper bags, camera cases, strollers, personal oxygen concentrators and battery-powered medical equipment.

A few items don't count toward one's personal or standard bag allotment and are l allowed on the plane: outer garments, assistive devices, containers carrying life-sustaining items and urns containing human remains.

Prohibited carry-on Items

Recent changes to air traffic regulations have added a few items to the list of those not allowed as carry-on items.

Liquid, aerosol, gel and lotion containers may be brought on board as long as they are no more than 100ml (3.4oz). All of these items must be put into a clear ziploc bag up to 1 liter in size. At security screenings, these items must be removed from the carry-on and placed onto a provided tray.

Baby formula, prescription and essential nonprescription drugs do not need to be checked or placed in a ziploc bag.

Gas-operated curling irons are not allowed as carry-on items; however, plug-in curling irons are acceptable.

Straight razors, razor blades not in a cartridge, tools and weapons in any form are not allowed to be carry-on items.

Items not allowed on planes

Several items are not allowed to be brought onto an airplane at all, neither checked nor as carry-on: oxygen cylinders, chemical oxygen generators, liquid oxygen, belt buckle knives, comb knives and any knife that will open automatically, Many firearms are not allowed, although some hunting equipment is. For a full complete list of all weapons allowed onto a plane, go to the link below.

Checked baggage requirements

Checked baggage requirements depend on the passenger's class of travel. An economy class passenger is allowed to check two bags, each with a total mass (length plus width plus height) not over 158cm (62in). Each bag also must weigh in under 23kg (50lbs).

Executive and first class passengers can check three bags, each with a total mass of no more than 158cm (62in) and total weight under 32kg (72lbs).

Star Alliance Gold members also can check three bags, although each must weigh no more than 23kg (50lbs) with a total mass not exceeding 158cm (62in).

Sporting equipment may be checked, but must be preregistered with the airline at least 24 hours before the flight.

Musical instruments can also be checked and will count toward the passenger's baggage allowance. Contact Air Canada Cargo (link below) to check in oversized instruments (such as cellos or tubas).


A passenger can be fined for checking baggage that's too large or heavy. Checked baggage exceeding the size or weight requirements on a Canada/US-bound flight will result in a fine of $75. The fine goes up to $100 on other international flights.

Checking in additional bags will also draw a fine. For flights to Canada or the US, it's $100 per bag, while it's $225 per bag for other international flights.

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