Founded in 1985, Dubai-based Emirates Airlines is currently the largest and fastest growing airline in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East. Indeed, it is among the top 10 airlines in the world by the number of international passengers.

Thanks to a luggage policy that it has developed, the company is internationally recognized for the quality of its service since more than 400 distinctions have been awarded to it over the past twenty years.


Cabin baggage:

Cabin baggage allowance may vary depending on route, class of travel and Emirates Skywards member status:

In First Class and Business Class:

  • Passengers may take two items of hand luggage: a briefcase plus either a pouch/handbag or a garment bag.
  • The dimensions of the briefcase cannot exceed 45 x 35 x 20 cm, those of the pocket/handbag cannot exceed 55 x 38 x 20 cm and the closed garment bag cannot exceed 20 cm in thickness.
  • The weight of each piece of baggage must not exceed 7 kg.

In Economy Class:

  • Passengers can carry only one item of hand luggage which cannot exceed the dimensions of 55 x 38 x 20 cm and cannot weigh more than 7 kg.

Note :

  • For flights departing from India: one carry-on item allowed in the cabin. The size of hand luggage must not exceed 115 centimeters (length + width + height).
  • For all flights departing from Brazil: customers can carry a maximum of 10 kg of hand luggage.


Checked baggage:

Passengers can carry luggage measuring up to 150 cm (length + width + height).

The checked baggage allowance for weight depends on the class booked:

  • Economy Class: 20 kg for the special rate, 30 kg for Saver and Flex, 35 kg for Flex Plus.
  • Business class: 40 kg
  • First Class: 50 kg

For travel to or from Canada, North and South America, different rules apply:

  • Economy Class: two pieces of baggage up to 23 kg each.
  • First Class or Business Class: two pieces of baggage of a maximum of 32 kg each.
  • For South America: 2 bags of 32 kg maximum each

Note :

Emirates Skywards Platinum, Gold or Silver members are entitled to additional baggage allowance.


Children’s luggage:

  • Customers traveling with an infant, regardless of class of travel, are permitted to take one additional piece of hand baggage for the infant which cannot exceed the dimensions of 55 x 38 x 20 cm and cannot weigh more than 23 kg when the concept of number of pieces applies, or 10 kg when the concept of weight applies.
  • Regardless of their class of travel, customers traveling with an infant may carry one piece of checked baggage for the infant, not exceeding 55 x 38 x 20 cm and 23 kg when the concept of the number of pieces applies, or 10 kg when the concept of weight applies.
  • A fully collapsible baby carrier or stroller can be transported in the cabin, provided there is space. If there is no more space in the cabin, these items must be checked in. If these items are checked in, they will not count towards the baggage allowance.


Luggage for people with reduced mobility:

Passengers with reduced mobility benefit from free additional baggage allowances in the following cases:

  • Passengers traveling with their own wheelchair can check in a fully collapsible wheelchair.
  • Passengers requiring splints or crutches can check these items in.
  • Passengers requiring a portable dialysis machine are entitled to check in a machine and all associated equipment.
  • Visually and hearing impaired passengers who require a guide dog can also carry one, but it must be locked in the kennel in the hold, as guide dogs are not permitted in the cabin.
  • Passengers with sleep disorders are permitted to carry as checked baggage one sleep apnea device, either CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) or PAP (Positive Airway Pressure).


Transport of Sports Equipment and Musical Instruments:

Sports Equipment:

Sports equipment is subject to additional baggage charges, if it exceeds the baggage allowance.
A reservation must be made at least 24 hours in advance for the transport of a bicycle in the hold.

Music instrument :

Musical instruments are considered regular Emirates checked or carry-on baggage or may be carried on a paid seat in the passenger cabin.
Musical instruments are subject to the usual additional baggage charges if it involves exceeding the baggage allowance.

Ship models:

Departing from Mauritius, special charges apply to the transport of model ships. These charges cannot be added to standard baggage charges.

  • For the first 10 kg, a fee of 150 euros applies.
  • For the next 10 kg, a charge of 50 euros applies.
  • A model ship can weigh a maximum of 20 kg.

Transportation of Animals:

– Only falcons are allowed in the cabin, between Dubai and certain destinations in Pakistan with Emirates.

– Pets must be transported in the hold with additional charge, even if there is no other checked baggage.

– Charges will depend on the combined weight and size of the animal and its cage.

Products prohibited at Emirates:

– All fireworks and other items containing explosives, such as firecrackers, rockets, table bombs and sparklers are prohibited on board Emirates aircraft.

– Motorized personal vehicles are not accepted on board.


Regulated Products at Emirates:

Transport of powders:

On flights to, from or via the United States, as well as flights from or via Australia and New Zealand, powders carried in containers larger than 350 milliliters are not permitted in handbags.

Powders transported in containers of more than 350 milliliters must be registered.
Formula, prescription drugs and human remains are not affected.
Powdery substances purchased from duty-free shops at airports must be placed in tamper-evident bags with their proof of purchase (receipt).

Transport of liquids:

  • Any liquid, gel, aerosol, paste, lotion, cream, drink or other product of similar consistency must be placed in a container with a maximum capacity of 100 milliliters.
  • These containers must be placed in a transparent, resealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of one litre.
  • Exemptions may be granted for medicines, milk/baby food and certain special diet products.

Products prohibited in the cabin at Emirates:

  • Real weapons or corresponding toysWeapons and ammunition
  • Explosives or any object containing explosives (e.g. fireworks or firecrackers)
  • Knives of any type, size or shape
  • Paper cutter
  • Metal cutlery
  • slingshot
  • Razor blades and straight razors
  • Craftsman tools
  • Darts
  • Scissors
  • Nail files
  • Hypodermic needles and syringes (except for medical reasons justified by a medical certificate)
  • Knitting needles
  • Corkscrews
  • Laser pointers

3 Replies to “Emirates: Discover special baggage and extras in all classes”

  1. Mian Akbar

    Does clay or ceramic material items like glass / bowl are allowed in hand carry bag while travelling from UAE to Heathrow UK or LHE to LHR keeping total weight at 7 kg
    Pl let me know

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