British Airways Baggage Allowance Page

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This page will give you complete baggage allowance details for all passengers of BA flights.

This page will give you details of:

  • Hand Baggage
  • Hold Baggage
  • Excess Baggage
  • Delayed and Lost Baggage
  • Banned and Restricted Items
  • Liquids
  • Sports Equipment

All information for economy fliers unless otherwise stated. Relevent as of 21/10/2010.

For more information visit BA's website.

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British Airways Hand Baggage Allowance

1 piece max size 56x45x25cm, plus a laptop or handbag.

These dimensions include wheels, handles, side pockets, etc.  If your hand baggage exceeds this size, you will be asked to return to check-in and check the bag into the hold.

Your laptop or handbag is up to the dimensions 45cm x 36cm x 20cm (18in x 14in x 8in), including the handle and pockets.

Your laptop or handbag must fit under the seat in front of you.


British Airways Hold Baggage Allowance

The dimensions of the bag should be:

90cm x 75cm x 43cm (35.5ins x 29.5ins x 16ins), including the handle, pockets and wheels.

One bag up to 23kg is free and up to 32kg is £30 extra.

British Airways Excess Baggage Allowance

If a bag is more than the free given weight of 23kg but less than 32 kg then a £30 charge will be issued.

Baggage over 32kg must be shipped separately as freight or cargo.

British Airways Damaged, Delayed and Lost Baggage Policies

If British Airways misplaces or loses your baggage, we will make every effort to return it to you as soon as possible and deliver it to an address of your choice free of charge within 24 hours of its arrival at their final destination. The majority of bags are re-united with their owners within 72 hours.

British Airways Banned and Restricted Items

The following list covers all those items that are forbidden to be carried anywhere on British Airways flights:

- Disabling devices - mace, pepper spray, etc.

- Security-type attaché cases containing dangerous goods

- pyrotechnic devices, etc.

- Strike anywhere matches

- Flammable gas cylinders

- Flammable liquids

- Paint, petrol, lighter refills, solvents, varnish, etc.

- Flammable solids - firelighters, etc.

- Substances liable to spontaneous combustion

- Substances that emit flammable gases in contact with water

- Oxidising materials

- Paint stripper, etc. - Organic peroxides

- Bleach, etc.

- Toxic substances

- Weedkiller, insecticides, etc.


The following list covers the items that may be carried on flights with British Airways but require the airline's approval prior to flying and where quantities or regulation of the items are restricted:


- Explosives - ammunition

- Camping stoves and fuel containers

- Solid carbon dioxide (dry ice)

- Heat-producing articles - underwater torches, soldering irons, etc.

- Mercury-filled items - barometers, thermometers, etc.

- Avalanche rescue pack

- Chemical agent monitoring equipment

- Insulated packages containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen

- Non-flammable gas cylinder - as part of a life-jacket

- Oxygen and other small cylinders for medical use

- Mobility aids- wheelchairs, powered devices with either non-spillable or spillable batteries


If have any of these restricted items, you should contact British Airways:

- at the time of booking

- at least 24 hours prior to departure


British Airways Specific Restrictions on Liquids

Restrictions on the quantities of liquids, gels or pastes are:

- they must be held in individual containers not exceeding 100ml

- the containers must be carried in a separate, clear-plastic, zip-top or re-sealable bag

- the bag must not exceed 20cm x 20cm (8ins x 8ins) in dimensions

- the bag must not exceed one litre (1.75 pints) capacity

- the bag must be completely closed

- the items must fit comfortably in the bag

- the bag must be x-ray screened separately from other hand baggage at airport security points.



British Airways Sporting Equipment Regualtions

There is no additional allowance for sporting equipment, but it can still be carried free of charge as part of your free checked baggage allowance. If it is in addition to your free checked allowance, you will need to pay extra bag charges of £28 if booked online and £35 if done in the airport.


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