Summer has arrived and lots of people are going on holiday. Whether it’s a short weekend break in Barcelona, a family holiday in Italy or a long-haul trip to Asia, increasing numbers of people are travelling by airplane. Weekend breaks are becoming more and more popular amongst travellers because many airlines now offer their passengers the opportunity to travel without checking in luggage, and only with hand luggage.
However, travellers who only take hand luggage have to stick to the luggage sizes and weights stipulated by the different airlines. The sizes of the various airlines do not generally differ too much. The governing body of airlines, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), recommends a standard size for hand luggage of 55 x 35 x 20 cm (HxWxD) to its members (more than 200 airlines worldwide).
There are no precise guides for the authorised weight because it varies greatly from airline to airline. Most are between 5-12 kg. Anyone who wants to be certain should contact their airline before travelling. Extra costs can otherwise be incurred, because the low-cost airlines especially demand high fees for oversize and heavy hand luggage, which you usually cannot work out in advance.
Hand luggage bags from HALFAR®
Because travellers have such a wide choice when looking for a suitable piece of hand luggage, HALFAR® is pleased to help make your work easier when advising customers. Our list helps you compare the IATA recommendation and the dimensions of HALFAR® bags. In the following list, we compare the sizes of our bags with the IATA recommendation to offer you infomation on whether the product is suitable as hand luggage. Please note that these dimensions correspond with a fully packed bag. This means that several products can still meet the airline’s dimensions if they are not quite filled up, due to the flexible material. Therefore, refer to the pictures in our table as well as the dimensions.
All of the products from the HALFAR® catalogue 2018 are shown in the list with a picture of the item, its number, name, width, height and depth. An extra column also shows whether the listed bag is suitable or unsuitable as hand luggage. This means you can recognise at a glance whether you can recommend the HALFAR® bag as hand luggage for their next trip.
Good to know…
Not only the luggage size and weight is checked at the airport. At the security check, luggage is inspected for dangerous objects – especially hand luggage. Here are some good tips for future travel preparations:
When carrying liquids, remember that liquids can only be carried in bottles, tubes or pots with less than 100 ml of liquid inside. These must be additionally packed in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum of 1 litre in total. The exceptions are important medication that needs to be taken during the flight or baby food. In this case, more can usually be carried and it must not be in a plastic bag.
Carrying sharp objects
When travelling with hand luggage, make sure that no sharp objects such as nail scissors, nail files or pocket knives are in the luggage. Carrying these objects is prohibited.
Only allowed or recommended in hand luggage
Alongside objects that do not belong in the hand luggage, there are some that are allowed to be transported in the hand luggage. These particularly include lithium-ion batteries in mobile phones, laptops and cameras and E-cigarettes.
Technical equipment should always be stored in the hand luggage so they do not get lost. Occasionally checked-in luggage ends up in a different place and only arrives several days later. It is therefore advisable to always store personal items such as passports, important documents and keys in the hand luggage.
Now you just need to choose the right bag, follow the advice and off you go! Wherever your travels take you; we wish you a relaxing and care-free holiday. 😉