Baggage Allowance Guidelines - Flights to Africa

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Baggage Allowance Guidelines

Baggage allowances are the limits imposed by airlines on luggage amounts that can be stored by passengers. Additional charges may be applied for excess baggage. With the regulations on air travel and baggage allowances changing constantly – you MUST check the most recent regulations before you take any trip or holiday. It’s worth noting any differences between airlines if your journey involves multiple carriers and also the type of flight ticket you have purchased as the baggage allowance can vary.


cabin baggage, Carry on baggage in flight journey

Carry-on Baggage:

Carry-on weight for bags may vary between classes and airlines. As a general guide, Economy Class passengers are allowed to carry one bag at 5kg to 7kg per person while Business and First Class passengers are often privy to a more generous baggage allowance or extra pieces.

As a general rule, passengers are allowed to take one bag and one personal item with them onto their flight. As such, there are certain size and weight restrictions to ensure each passenger’s belongings can fit in the cabin. Personal items usually include a handbag, briefcase or laptop bag that can fit easily underneath the cabin seat. In addition to a personal item, passengers may be able to bring on an additional bag or suit pack that can fit easily and be lifted by the passenger, into the overhead locker.

Baggage dimensions on airlines

Check-in Baggage:

At the time of check-in, passengers have the option to check-in their baggage. For some airlines check-in baggage is included in the price, while other airlines may charge a fee. Similar to carry-on baggage, each airline will also have their own restrictions as to the size and weight of each suitcase. As a general rule suitcases should not exceed a total linear dimension of 140cm (see diagram above) and may weigh between 15kg to 32kg for each piece of luggage in Economy Class and First and Business Class are generally allowed extra pieces. Suitcases that weigh over the limit may be subject to an additional fee. Any excess baggage or additional pieces may be organised prior to travel or at the airport check-in desk. Talk to your airline for further details.

carrying bulky luggage during air travel

Bulky Baggage:

Bulky items such as golf clubs, music equipment, ski equipment or bicycles may be included as part of your checked baggage allowance if there is enough space on the aircraft, or an additional fee may apply. Generally items such as fishing rods, bicycles or surfboards must be packed in an appropriate way that abides by the airlines baggage restrictions. For specific details check with your airline.

travelling with infants in flights

Infant Baggage:

Infant baggage guidelines will vary between airlines and sometimes form part of your adult baggage allowance, depending on the airline. Depending on the age of the child, infant passengers may also be permitted to bring a car seat or baby capsule on board. Strollers and collapsible prams are generally allowed to be taken to the boarding gate where they will be checked there. Airlines may also have specific requirements as to the type of car seat in order to ensure the infants safety. For specific infant seat requirements, refer to your airline for correct information.

Though there are restrictions when it comes to carrying liquids onto an aircraft, parents of infants are allowed to carry a certain amount of breast milk, baby formula, juice or baby food for use during the flight. Amounts will vary depending on the destination and airline. Always check with your airline before departure.

Items restricted from carrying while flying

Restricted Items:

Items that are restricted from flying are considered to be dangerous goods that could harm the safety of an aircraft and/or its passengers. These items are generally determined by the authorities and are governed accordingly. Some examples of dangerous goods include, but not limited to, flammable liquids, organic peroxides, lithium batteries and explosives. These items are restricted from both carry on and check-in luggage.

Carry-on baggage restrictions are also in place for liquids, aerosols and gels on international flights.