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Airline Baggage :
Everything you should know before leaving to
improve safety, comfort and punctuality levels.
Starting Monday 6 November 2006
New rules limit what you can carry in your hand luggage
(checked luggage is unaffected) when departing from EU
airports. More stringent controls will also go into effect.
Liquids will only be allowed on board planes in small
containers with a maximum capacity of 100ml.
"Liquids" cover gels, semi-solid materials (mascara among
other items), lotions and the contents of pressurized
containers such as: toothpaste, hair gel, drinks, soups,
syrups, perfumes, shaving foam, aerosols and all other
articles of similar consistency.
They must then be packed in a transparent re-sealable
plastic bag (20 cm x 20 cm = about 8" x 8") like freezer bags.
Medicine and baby foods would be exempt as would drinks and
perfumes bought at airport shops before boarding.
The new rules also specify that laptops and “other large
electrical devices”, including radios and video cameras, will
have to be taken out of your carry-on bags and screened
separately. Jackets and coats will also have to be removed.
larger quantities of liquids can still be carried in
It would be wise to arrive early for flights :
- Two hours for a European flight
- Three hours for a transatlantic flight.
New size limit on hand luggage :
56cm x 45cm x 25cm (approximately 22x17.7x10 inches).
Hold baggage : check your heavy, oversize items
Individual items may be no heavier than 32 kg each.
You need to inform your Airline when booking your ticket if you intend
to travel with sports items such as surf boards or bikes.
Know how to react
- Never accept to carry the unidentified baggage of a
- Remove all old labels and tags and make sure your name
and address are on the inside and outside of your baggage.
Your baggage allowance
The size of your baggage allowance depends on the product
purchased and your destination. It is specified on your
ticket or on your travel memo.
If your baggage is lost, destroyed or damaged
Air France's maximum liability is SDR1.000 (approx, USD
1450) per passenger. The ceiling may be raised if you
declared the exact value of your baggage and paid the
additional fee before the latest check-in time.
Make sure your carry-on baggage complies with cabin
Keep valuables and anything fragile with you*
In addition to the hold baggage you check in, you are
entitled to take one item of hand baggage + one personal
item (eg. laptop, handbag/purse, camera) into the cabin
provided they weigh no more than 12 kg.
For passengers traveling in l'Espace Premiere or l'Espace
Affaires, two carry-on bags are allowed (including a garment
bag provided they weigh no more than 18 kg in all.
126 cm (including wheels and handles)
* Maximum allowable dimensions (Length + width + height)
It is advisable to keep any fragile items (china,
bottles, paintings, computer equipment, etc.) or any
valuables (money, identity papers, jewelry, cameras,
medication, etc.) with you in the cabin.
Please Note :
The lack of available space aboard means that stricter
limits may be placed on the number of items of carry-on
baggage allowed in the cabin. Similarly, if your baggage is
too heavy or bulky it may not be allowed in the cabin and
will be placed in the baggage hold instead.
Some governmental authorities may impose different rules
for carry-on baggage. On flights from the USA, only on item
of hand baggage and one personal item are permitted.
Points to remember
- Check that your hand baggage is the right size using the
baggage gauges provide adjacent to check-in desks
- Your carry-on bags must be placed in the overhead
baggage compartments or under the seat in front of you
- Make sure you leave all cabin exits clear for rapid
evacuation in an emergency
Items subject to special
*(list not exhaustive... consult your regular travel agent
Food products (animals)
- Strict import sanitary conditions apply to meat and
milk and meat or dairy products being imported into the
European Union. Check with your usual travel agent or the
local health authorities
- allowed in the cabin provided they are hermetically
sealed and placed under the seat in front of you
Perfumes and aerosols
- Allowed in the cabin or the baggage hold. Maximum
weight : 2 kg or 2 items per person and 0,5 kg or 0,5
kg or 0,5 litre per item
- Syringes (with documents proof of medical need)
are allowed in the cabin but disposal is your
responsibility. Please do not leave them aboard the
Permitted as checked baggage but
prohibited in cabin
Real or imitation knives and firearms (munitions in
- Carried in the baggage hold only
Cartridges and munitions for hunting or sporting guns
- Allowed in the baggage hold if properly
packed in a rigid box. Maximum weight: 5 kg
gross per passenger
These items are strictly forbidden
on board aircraft
Gas, flammable liquids, explosives, corrosive and
radio-active substances, magnetized objects, poisons, matches
and lighters (selected destinations only) must never be in
your possession or packed in your baggage.
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