Before you fly, read on this list on what are the items airlines allow for hand carry and which are those that are restricted for checked-in baggage only.
Take note that the 3 major Philippine carriers has baggage size limitations. Make sure that the weight and size of your checked-in or carry on baggage will not exceed the limit or you may need to pay extra.
Air Asia Baggage Size Limitations
Checked in Baggage Dimension: Each bag checked in must not exceed 32 kg
Cabin Baggage Size: 56cm x 36cm x 23cm, not exceeding 7 kg
Cebu Pacific Luggage Restrictions
Check-in Baggage Size: Max weight allowed may vary from 10kg, 20kg or 40kg depending on the type of aircraft
Carry on Baggage dimensions: 56 x 36 x 23 cm, 7 kg max. Caticlan flights allows max of 5kg hand-carried baggage only.
Philippine Airlines Baggage Allowance and Dimensions
Checked-in Baggage: (L+W+H) Should not be more than 62 inches (158cm) for most flights and should not be more than 50 lbs (23 kgs) in weight.
Carry-on Baggage: length+width+height of 45 inches (115 cm) and maximum weight of 7 kgs (15 lbs).
Cabin and Check-in Baggage Rules
Check if the item you plan to bring with you on your travel is an allowed carry-on item, needs to be checked in or cannot be brought into any flight at all.
Firearms and Explosives
Needless to say, Guns, Flares, Fireworks and other explosives are not allowed for carry-on or checked in baggage.
Flammable Liquids and other Chemical substances
The following goods are considered dangerous and are prohibited on airlines: paints, thinners, solvents, butane gas, lighter, liquid nitrogen, matches, bleach, and other similar items.
Umbrellas, baseball bats, tripods and other similar items are not allowed for hand carry and needs to be checked in.
Knives and scissors with blades longer than 6cm are not allowed for carry on baggage. Better yet, to avoid any issue, pack the following in the luggage you will be checking in: nail cutters, swiss knives, scissors, any bladed items or sharp objects.
Laptops, tablets, mobile phones, cameras and power-banks must be hand-carried and are not allowed for check-in.
Fresh or Frozen Food
Must be properly packed to avoid leaks and odor. Most airlines don’t allow this for check in and can only be hand-carried. Some won’t allow it on-board at all, check with your specific airline for specifics.
Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAG)
Items such as water, perfumes, shampoo, hairspray, toothpaste, shower gels must be placed in airtight containers not exceeding 100ml. Even if it is half used, if your container has over 100ml capacity, airport security will still ask you to leave the item behind or have it checked-in. Total content of all LAG you bring for handcarry must not exceed 1 liter.
You can buy items like perfumes, body washes and other retail goods at the airport provided it is packed and sealed in transparent Security Tamper-Evident Bags (STEBs), you may be asked for the receipt of your purchase, it has to have the same date as the day of your travel.
Goods with alcohol content not exceeding 70% may be hand carried, maximum quantity is 5L per person. Note that some airline companies may have different rules on this this. It is advised to contact your airline’s customer service hotline to be sure.
All kinds of adhesives are not allowed on board the plane – masking, packing, duct, electrical, scotch tapes needs to be checked in and cannot be brought inside the cabin.
Self Defense Items
Tear gas is not allowed on any luggage – hand carried nor checked-in. You may bring stun guns, insect and pepper sprays and other such items but they are part of the items on hand carry restrictions and need to be checked in.
Bikes, rackets, surf boards, etc are not allowed for hand carry, you need to check these in.
Small musical instruments like a violin or flute can be hand carried but large cellos or guitars needs to be checked in and stored in their respective hard cases.
For cost of pre-purchasing baggage allowance, check this post: Baggage Allowance Rates