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10 tips to keep your hand baggage

Find out what type of packs are considered hand baggage and how to can change them so that they can go in the cabin with you during the flight.

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Hand baggage

These are pieces of baggage that you can carry with you in the aircraft cabin.

You can take one carry-on bag and one personal item.

If you travel without carry-on baggage, you can board the aircraft sooner (on Iberia-operated flights originating in Europe, except London).

Because of limited capacity in the aircraft cabin, exceptionally on busy flights some carry-on baggage may be removed and stored in the hold at no extra cost.

If your carry-on baggage is larger than standard it will be placed in the hold and you may have to pay an additional charge.

Illustration of the maximum permitted size of carry-on baggage

Maximum size per piece of baggage.

56cm x 45cm x 25cm

Handle, pocket compartments and wheels included in the dimensions.

Baggage that exceeds these measurements must be checked-in.

These pieces should fit in the size-check device located at the airports and you must be able to lift them into the overhead locker by yourself .

There are some exceptions.

Iberia Group Flights (Iberia, Iberia Express and Iberia Regional Air Nostrum)

Tourist Business class / club Business plus
Icon of 1 suitcase

You can take 1 piece onboard.

Icon of 1 suitcase

You can take 1 piece onboard.

Icon of 2 suitcases

You can take 2 pieces onboard.

Remember you can also take an extra personal item onboard.

The Iberia Regional Air Nostrum aircrafts are smaller so there may be some limitations as to what you can take with you in the cabin. In this case, your luggage would be placed in the luggage hold and be available for collection upon arrival.
Sometimes, in high-occupancy flights, if there is not enough space in the cabin, carry-on baggage may travel in the hold at no extra cost to the passenger.

What else can I take on board besides the permitted baggage items?

  • A handbag or small briefcase.
  • A laptop computer or camera.
  • A baby bag with food, drink and materials for the flight.

Electronic items

You can keep your PC, PDA, portable music player and mobile phone turned on throughout the flight (airplane mode).

See devices

Regulations concerning liquids

Amounts in 100 ml. bottles inside a clear plastic bag with an adhesive closure or zip and a maximum capacity of 1 litre are allowed.

See regulations

Prohibited items

Those that are dangerous due to their chemical make-up such as explosives and toxic or radioactive substances. And, because of their shape, steel weapons and firearms, and tools with sharp edges, etc.

See items

Exceptional cases

Flights with other companies

IB5XXX flights operated by Vueling: You can take 1 piece on board if it does not weigh more than 10 kg and is under 55x40x20 cm.

You can also carry on one additional item of significantly smaller size, such as a small briefcase, handbag or camera.

These pieces should fit in the size-check device located at the airports.

At the boarding gate, any carry-on baggage (or accessories) that does not comply with these rules, that is, that exceeds the amount and/or measurements shown above, will be removed and stowed in the aircraft hold at an additional cost of €35 per case each way.

IB5000 passengers who have not checked in any luggage but whose hand luggage has to be withdrawn at the boarding gate, are exempt from this €35 charge.

This measure applies to all IB5000 passengers who have previously checked-in the hold baggage item they are entitled to as excess allowance. If the IB5000 passenger has no checked-in baggage, the hand baggage that must be removed at the boarding gate will be exempt from the €35 surcharge.

You cannot check your baggage allowance if you are travelling on flights IB7XXX, IB4XXX or any other flights operated by an airline other than Iberia or Iberia Regional Air Nostrum.

Flights to/from London

Passengers travelling to/from London may take one 56x45x25cm piece of baggage* plus one personal object measuring up to 40x26x20cm on board, whether they are flying in Business, Economy or with a child, on a short or long-haul route.

For the infant** discount, you can only carry on one bag with everything your infant might need during the flight.

*Only originating in London.

**Passengers who travel with an infant with a seat booked should have an authorised car seat for the child, which will be placed on the seat next to the adult.

Animals are not allowed in the cabin.

More information

And remember

  • Maximum item size 56x45x25 cm.
  • If your baggage exceeds this, it must be checked in.
  • 1 litre maximum on bottled liquids.
  • You may connect your electronic devices.
  • Do not carry dangerous objects with you.

See how this is applied on flights operated by

  • British Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Finnair
  • US Airways

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