Air Canada Carry-On Baggage

Air Canada Carry-On Baggage

by admin, November 10, 2014
Standard article Personal article
Maximum size 23 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm
(9 in x 15.5 in x 21.5 in)
Wheels and handles included.
16 cm x 33 cm x 43 cm
(6 in x 13 in x 17 in)
Maximum weight 10 kg (22 lb) 10 kg (22 lb)
All destinations Carry-on baggage allowance*:
1 standard article and 1 personal article

* If you are travelling with an infant on your lap, you may carry on 1 additional Standard article for their belongings.

Examples of standard or personal articles
(as determined by their size)

  • Carry-on bag, roller bag, backpack, briefcase,
  • Laptop computer,
  • Cat or small dog in its carrier,
  • Airport shopping and duty-free purchases,
  • Sport racquet (e.g. tennis, squash, badminton),
  • Camera bag,
  • Garment bag (size and weight restrictions apply),
  • Diplomatic or consular bag,
  • Musical instrument.


Other items you may bring on board

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Here are examples of items you can bring on board in addition to your carry-on allowance:

  • Coat or other outer garment,
  • Small purse measuring no more than 25cm x 30cm x 14cm (10in x 12in x 5.5 in).
    • Larger purses will be included in your carry-on allowance.
  • Infant care item (e.g. diaper bag),
  • Stroller – collapsed diameter not to exceed 25.5 cm (10 in) and length not to exceed 92 cm (36 in),
  • Child restraint device if a seat has been purchased for the child/infant,
  • Special needs items (see ‘Special Items’ section below),
  • Small electronic device such as cell phone or MP3 player.
  • Snacks or food to eat on board:
    • All food must be wrapped or in a container.
    • You may not consume your own alcoholic beverages on board.
    • Always purchase liquids after you’ve passed the security checkpoint.
    • See guidelines for liquids.

Special items

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The following items are allowed at all times, in addition to your carry-on allowance:

  • Mobility aid (e.g. braces, cane, crutches, walker, communication device*) or other special need item,
  • Container carrying life sustaining items,
  • Medication in its original, labelled container,
  • Battery-powered medical equipment (such as CPAP and sleep apnea devices) and Personal Oxygen Concentrators,
  • Cremated remains**,
  • Syringe or needle for personal medical use (e.g. Epipen). See Exception in ‘Prohibited Items’ section below.

View detailed information on our Customers with special needs page.

*Device that helps a passenger communicate (e.g. augmentative and alternate communication (AAC) device).
** Cremated remains may be carried on board provided they are stored in an urn, or a cardboard or wooden box (with a tight-fitting lid to ensure no spillage) that can be security screened. The remains must be accompanied by a certificate of cremation or a death certificate.

Important: All of the above regulations are strictly enforced. Passengers who exceed their allowance will be required to check their carry-on baggage, and additional checked baggage charges may apply.

Codeshare flights/flights with other airlines

Passengers who purchase travel on a codeshare flight or a flight with another airline may be subject to the baggage policy and other rules of the airline operating the first flight in their itinerary.

For the specific terms and conditions of any Air Canada codeshare partner or other airline sold on, visit the operating carrier’s website directly.

Security enhancements

Passengers travelling with liquids or gels in containers over 100mL/100g (3.4oz) that are placed in carry-on baggage will have these items confiscated at the security checkpoint.

Passengers with connecting flights are advised not to purchase liquids or gels in containers over 100mL/100g (3.4oz) within the secure area at the airport or on board the aircraft if they do not have:

  • access to their checked baggage between connecting flights. and
  • room in their checked baggage to pack their duty-free purchases before rechecking their bags for their next flight.

To view Transport Canada’s detailed list of items prohibited from carry-on baggage, including liquids and gels, please refer to the CATSA website.

For specifications regarding permitted types and quantities of liquids and gels, as well as accepted packaging, please consult the Reminder to Travellers (PDF file, 267 KB).

View more information on security enhancements.

Prohibited items

Important: Please read information on printer toner cartridges if you plan on bringing such items in your carry-on or checked baggage.

Below is a partial list† of items that are prohibited from carry-on baggage. Always store them in your checked baggage:


Sharp, piercing or cutting objects

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  • Straight razors and razor blades
  • Sharp-tipped scissors with blades measuring more than 6 cm (2.4 in)
  • Box cutters
  • Hatchets
  • Knives of any length, including hunting knives, jackknives (Swiss army knives), and chef’s knives (e.g. meat cleavers)
  • Saws, drills, as well as any tool with a head and shaft measuring more than 6 cm (2.4 in)
  • Game darts measuring more than 6 cm (2.4 in), as well as tackle boxes, fishing hooks/lures crossbows and arrows.
    • View the Sports Equipment page for more information.

Exception: Syringes or hypodermic needles for personal medical use are allowed onboard providing the needle guards are intact, and that they are accompanied by the prescription medication with a printed label identifying the medication name and the issuing medical office or pharmacy.

Electronic devices that can interfere with navigational and/or communication equipment

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The use of the following electronic devices is prohibited at all times onboard our aircraft:

  • Wireless mouse
  • Bluetooth headsets
  • Radio transmitters
  • Radio controlled equipment or toys
  • Printers and computer peripheral devices
  • Laser pointers

These items must be properly and adequately packed in your checked baggage. Please refer to the Accepted Items section below for a list of electronic devices that can be carried onboard.

Other prohibited items

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  • Hammers, wrenches, crowbars and heavy tools
  • Ammunition and firearms. View the Hunting Equipment page for information on transporting such items
  • Fuel, lighters (exceptions apply), and other items defined as restricted and prohibited items
  • Scuba tanks, golf clubs, baseball bats, bowling balls, billiard cues, hockey sticks and ski poles. View the Sports Equipment page for more information on transporting such items
  • Blackjacks and billy clubs
  • Unidentifiable liquids in unmarked containers. Please refer to the Security enhancements section above.


Important: Please view a more detailed list of restricted and prohibited items that are either strictly regulated or forbidden as carry-on or checked baggage. Valuable information can also be found on the CATSA website.

Accepted items


Certain electronic devices

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  • Certain electronic devices which are permitted on board with restricted use, such as:
    • Personal entertainment devices (MP3, iPods, portable games, radio receivers, video cameras)
    • Satellite receivers (e.g. hand-held global positioning systems)
    • Calculators (without printers)
    • Laptops. The cord mouse and the Memory Stick are the only peripheral devices permitted during flight. Laptops cannot be stowed in seat back pockets, as these are not designed to sustain the weight of a laptop and may be damaged over time.
    • Electric shavers
    • Pagers (receiving type only)
    • “Noise busters” (electronic noise cancelling devices)
    • Wireless handheld devices (Blackberry phones, cellphones, including cellphones with MP3 player or build-in camera, PDAs, etc.)

    Passengers may be asked to turn on their electronic device at the security check. Please also view a list of prohibited electronic devices in the ‘Prohibited Items’ section above.

Other accepted items

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  • One book of matches per passenger
  • Butane (Bic-type) lighters.
  • Departures from the U.S.: Bic-type lighters are the only lighters accepted past US pre-clearance checkpoints
  • Ice skates, skateboards
  • Game darts measuring 6 cm (2.4 in) or less
  • Toy guns which do not look like real weapons
  • Plastic knitting needles with rounded tips
  • Sharp-tipped scissors with blades measuring 6 cm (2.4 in) or less, and all round-tipped scissors
  • Small tools with a head and shaft measuring 6 cm (2.4 in) or less
  • Tools of any size required by special needs passengers travelling with a mobility aid
  • Restraining devices such as handcuffs or flex-cuffs
  • Electronic cigarettes (or ‘e-cigarettes’), provided they remain stowed and unused in your carry-on baggage.

Bringing pets and other special items on board

Car seats and strollers
For detailed information on transporting these and other related items, please view the Travelling with an infant/child page.

Cats and small dogs
Cats and small dogs are accepted for travel in the cabin. View rules, restrictions and charges on our Pets in the cabin page.

Musical instruments
We will try to accommodate smaller musical instruments (e.g. violins) as part of your carry-on baggage allowance provided they do not exceed the maximum allowable size and weight permitted for carry-on baggage.  Please refer to the Musical instruments page for more information.

Wedding dresses
You can store your wedding dress in the overhead bin provided it is within our carry-on baggage size restrictions (23 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm – 9 in x 15.5 in x 21.5 in). The dress should be stored in a garment bag and should be folded in half to reduce wrinkling. Please note that carry-on items can shift during the flight, possibly causing delicate items to be wrinkled, crushed or torn, and that items placed in overhead bins may have other items placed on top of them by other passengers.

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