AirAsia reinforces carry-on bag rules

by on March 9, 2017

In line with most airlines world-wide, AirAsia has a carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg. This allowance has always been fairly strictly enforced at most departure airports, if you don’t carry more than a small overnight bag and a handbag or laptop bag. They have recently updated the drop-in size checking frames with a reminder of the weight limit and you should find a set of weighing scales nearby.

AirAsia & AirAsia X carry-on baggage

carry-on baggage

klia2 – well labelled size frame, with scales nearby

Making sure you have complied with the rules will ensure you don’t have to fork out extra cash.

  • One piece of carry-on baggage measuring 56 x 36 x 23cm (including handles and wheels)
  • One small bag (laptop bag or handbag) measuring 40 x 30 x 10cm
  • Total weight of the two pieces must not exceed 7kg
What if I have too much?

Carry-on baggage must not be

  • overweight,
  • oversized or
  • exceeding the allowed quantity

Excess baggage fees will be charged for non compliance. This is charged on a per kilogram basis. Alternately gate baggage fees may apply.

** Note: You may not strap, wrap or tie multiple pieces together. This does not count as one piece of cabin baggage.
carry-on baggage


Duty-free items purchased at the airport are exempt from carry-on requirements and must be

  • packed in a Security Tamper-Evident Bag (STEB) and
  • within the duty-free allowance of the destination country.
  • These purchases must be accompanied by proof of purchase until disembarkation.

** Note: All other purchases, including free gifts from duty-free outlets, will count as part of the cabin baggage allowance.

Other useful Baggage information

Infants below the age of 2 are not allocated any cabin baggage allowance.

Children aged 2 and above will receive the same allocation as adults

Travelling with infants or children? Prams, strollers and buggies cannot be taken onboard but can be checked at no extra charge.

**TIP: Pre-book your checked baggage allowance online when booking your flight (it’s cheaper then) or through Manage My Booking if you need to add more.

If you have a specific query, you can visit the AskAirAsia portal.

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