Carry-on Baggage

Carry-on Baggage

Not sure what you can bring on board with you? Take the guesswork out of packing by reviewing our carry-on guidelines.

Regardless of your destination, you can bring 1 standard article + 1 personal article.*

 Standard articlePersonal 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 x 33 x 43 cm
(6 in x 13 in x 17 in)

Maximum weight

Your carry-on baggage must be light enough that you can store it in the overhead bin unassisted.

*If you’re travelling with an infant on your lap, you can bring 1 additional Standard article for your child’s belongings.

Important: All carry-on baggage rules are strictly enforced. All bags that do not respect maximum sizes will need to be checked, and additional checked baggage charges may apply. 

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

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 can’t exceed 25.5 cm (10 in) and length can’t exceed 92 cm (36 in)
  • Child restraint device (if a seat has been purchased for your child)
  • Special needs items
    • See the 'Special Items' section below.
  • Small electronic device such as a cell phone or MP3 player
  • Snacks or food to eat on board: 
    • All food must be wrapped or in a container.
    • You can’t consume your own alcoholic beverages on board.
    • Always purchase liquids after you've passed the security checkpoint.

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**,
  • Syringes or hypodermic needles for personal medical use (e.g. Epipen), provided 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. 

*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 a cardboard or wooden box or an urn made of a material that can be security screened (with a tight-fitting lid to ensure no spillage occurs). A certificate of cremation or death certificate is not required for the carriage of ashes. However, for international travel, customers must ensure they have obtained all documentation and certificates that may be required when travelling to or via another country. For the carriage of other human remains, please contact Air Canada Reservations.

Liquids and Gels

If you travel with liquids or gels in containers over 100mL/100g (3.4oz) in your carry-on baggage you will have these items confiscated at the security checkpoint.

If you have a connecting flight you’re advised not to purchase liquids or gels in containers over 100 mL / 100 g (3.4 oz) within the secure area at the airport or on board the aircraft if you don’t have:

  • Access to your checked baggage between connecting flights and
  • Room in your checked baggage to pack your duty-free purchases before rechecking your bags for your next flight. 

Items Not Accepted on Board

Below are examples of items that are not accepted in carry-on baggage. Always store them in your checked baggage. 

  • 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.

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. 

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 Items Accepted on Board section below for a list of electronic devices that can be carried onboard.  

Items Accepted on Board

Here’s a list of items that are accepted in carry-on baggage.

The following electronic devices are allowed on board with restricted use:

  • 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 can’t 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.)

You may be asked to turn on your electronic device at the security check.  

  • 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
  • Electronic cigarettes (or 'e-cigarettes'), provided they remain stowed and unused in your carry-on baggage.