Checked luggage (also known as “hold” or “main”) is transported in the hold of an aircraft. You can hand it on to your airline representative at the check-in desk or luggage drop-off point.
The airline takes responsibility for your luggage once it is checked-in and tagged. You are given a part of the tag – usually stuck on to the boarding pass – as a document for identifying your luggage on arrival or submitting a complaint if it is damaged or lost during flight.
Limits of weight and number of pieces of checked luggage are defined by your airline (check detailed information).
Dimensions limits vary depending on the route, class, and connection you’re traveling, generally:
the maximum size of one piece of checked luggage (height + length + width)
maximum weight on low-cost and regular airlines
number of pieces allowed
What is NOT allowed in checked luggage?
For safety reasons, it is not allowed to take certain items on an aircraft. Regardless of the airline you choose, it is forbidden to transport explosives, flammable materials (such as alcohol over 70%), fireworks, lighter fuel containers, and dummies of explosive devices. What’s more, chemicals or toxic substances, including but not limited to: mouse and rat poison, tear gas devices, corrosive chemicals, paints and thinners, tourist gas cartridges are not allowed on board.
Take all your valuable or fragile belongings, such as laptops, cameras, cash, jewelry, and documents in checked luggage to avoid the risk of them being damaged or lost.
Unusual or outsized luggage
Please inform your airline about any outsize or unusual items of luggage (such as a bicycle, surfboard, snowboard, ski equipment, or a musical instrument) in advance, no later than 48 hours prior to departure. Our Call Centre consultant will help you with any formalities.
Low-cost carriers often charge you additionally for checked luggage. If you decide to buy checked luggage allowance, tick the right box while booking the flight. luggage fee will be included in the final price of your ticket before you complete reservation.
On most low-cost airlines, maximum weight of one piece of checked luggage amounts to 32 kg. Even if you have bought extra allowances, your suitcase cannot exceed this limit.
- Paid checked luggage that exceeds weight or size limits will be recognized as excess or unusual luggage and subject to additional charges.
- You cannot book checked luggage for an infant (a child aged 0-2).
- You cannot divide weight limits between items of luggage.
For example, two passengers traveling together with checked luggage limit of 15 kg each cannot claim one 20 kg suitcase and one 10 kg bag.
- You cannot sum weight limits of your luggage.
For example, two passengers traveling together with checked luggage limit of 15 kg each cannot claim one 30 kg suitcase.
- Check weight limits of given carriers in their terms and conditions website sections.
- Checked luggage is usually included in the price of a ticket. However, it is becoming more and more common on regular airlines to charge extra for it.
- Weight and amount limits depend on the class of a travel (economy, business, first) and the route.
- Any luggage exceeding allowances is treated as excess luggage and charged additionally according to the tariff.
Before you start packing your suitcase:
Check detailed luggage conditions of the airline you’re traveling with.
- Make sure what you can and cannot take in carry-on luggage and what in checked luggage.
- Remember that transport of liquids, gels, and aerosols is restricted. All cosmetics, drinks, and other liquids should only be carried in containers holding 100 ml or less. They must be packed in a plastic transparent bag. Each passenger can take a total of 1 liter of liquids on-board. If you wish to take cosmetics in larger containers, put them in checked luggage.
While preparing your luggage for a flight, bear the following in mind:
- Always pack jewelry, electronic equipment, cash, keys, medicine, documents and other valuables in checked luggage;
- Secure fragile items; wrap them in soft cloth or paper;
- Weigh your luggage before taking it to the airport to avoid paying the excess luggage fee;
- To protect your checked luggage from damage during transport: carefully close all locks and sliders of your suitcase, backpack or bag, wrap it in stretch foil, secure with a belt or put in a case.
- Remove all luggage claim tags from previous travels. By leaving them, you risk shipping your luggage to an incorrect destination.
- Label each piece of your checked luggage with your contact details. Special tags are available at check-in desks.
- To avoid mistakes at luggage reclaim, mark your suitcase with a characteristic element, for example, a ribbon or a sticker.