Air Canada - Carry-on Baggage Policy
Examples of standard or personal articles (as determined by their size)
- Carry-on bag, roller bag, backpack, briefcase,
- Laptop computer,
- Airport shopping and duty-free purchases, and more.
- Sport racquet (e.g. tennis, squash, badminton),
- Camera bag,
- Garment bag (size and weight restrictions apply),
- Diplomatic or consular bag,
- Musical instrument.
Flights to/through the United-States
Recent security measures imposed by Canadian and U.S. government authorities on flights from Canada to the U.S. have been lifted. Effective April 8, 2010, passengers travelling to or through the United States are once again allowed to bring one standard article and one personal article in the cabin, provided both items are within accepted weight and size limits as stated in the table above.
Other items you may bring on board â€“ all destinations
The following are examples of items that are allowed, in addition to your carry-on allowance, regardless of destination:
- Coat or other outer garment,
- Infant care item (e.g. diaper bag),
- Stroller - collapsed diameter not to exceed 25.5 cm (10 in) and length not to exceed 92
cm (36 in),
- Child restraint device if a seat has been purchased for the child/infant,
- Special needs items (see Special Needs section below),
- Small electronic device such as cell phone or MP3 player.
The following items are allowed at all times, regardless of destination, 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, urn containing human remains,
- Medication in its original, labelled container,
- Battery powered medical equipment (such as CPAP and sleep apnea devices) and
- Personal Oxygen Concentrators,
- Syringe or needle for personal medical use (e.g. Epipen). See Exception in â€˜Prohibited
- Items' section below.
*Device that helps a passenger communicate (e.g. augmentative and alternate communication (AAC) device).
Important: All of the above regulations are strictly enforced. Passengers who exceed their allowance will be required to check their carry-on baggage, and additional checked baggage charges may apply.
Passengers who purchase travel on a codeshare flight (i.e. a flight with an Air Canada flight number, but operated by another airline) are subject to the carry-on baggage policy and other rules of the airline operating the first flight in their itinerary.
Passengers travelling with liquids or gels in containers over 100mL/100g (3.4oz) that are placed in carry-on baggage will have these items confiscated at the security checkpoint, and additional charges may apply to check the items (if possible).
Passengers with connecting flights are advised not to purchase liquids or gels in containers over 100mL/100g (3.4oz) within the secure area at the airport or on board the aircraft if they do not have:
- access to their checked baggage between connecting flights.
- room in their checked baggage to pack their duty-free purchases before rechecking
their bags for their next flight.
To view Transport Canada's detailed list of items prohibited from carry-on baggage, including liquids and gels, please refer to the CATSA website.
For specifications regarding permitted types and quantities of liquids and gels, as well as accepted packaging, please consult the Reminder to Travellers (PDF file, 267 KB).
Below is a partial list* of items that are prohibited from carry-on baggage. Always store them in your checked baggage:
- Sharp, piercing or cutting objects such as:
- Straight razors and razor blades
- Scissors with pointed tips and metal nail files
- Box cutters
- Knives of any length, including hunting knives, jackknives (Swiss army knives), and
chef's knives (e.g. meat cleavers)
- Screwdrivers, saws, drills
- Darts, skates, tackle boxes, fishing hooks/lures, crossbows and arrows.
Exception: Syringes or 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.
Electronic devices that can interfere with navigational and/or communication equipment. The use of the following devices is prohibited at all times onboard aircraft:
- Wireless mouse
- Bluetooth headsets
- Radio transmitters
- Radio controlled equipment or toys
- Printers and computer peripheral devices
- Laser pointers
These items must be packed in checked baggage. However, Air Canada assumes no liability for electronic devices when they are packed in checked baggage. Please also view a list of accepted electronic devices in the â€˜Accepted Items' section below.
- Hammers, wrenches, crowbars and heavy tools
- Ammunition and firearms (including toy guns).
- Fuel, lighters - except butane (Bic-type) lighters - and other items defined as
- Scuba tanks, golf clubs, baseball bats, bowling balls, billiard cues, hockey sticks and
- Blackjacks and billy clubs
- Unidentifiable liquids in unmarked containers. Please refer to the â€˜Security enhancements'
Important: Please view a more detailed list of dangerous goods that are either strictly regulated or forbidden as carry-on or checked baggage. Valuable information can also be found on the CATSA website.
Accepted items include:
- Certain electronic devices which are permitted on board with restricted use, such as:
- Personal entertainment devices (MP3, iPods, portable games, radio receivers, video
- Satellite receivers (e.g. hand-held global positioning systems)
- Calculators (without printers)
- Computers. The cord mouse and the Memory Stick are the only peripheral devices
permitted during flight.
- Electric shavers
- Pagers (receiving type only)
- â€œNoise bustersâ€ (electronic noise cancelling devices)
- Wireless handheld devices (Blackberry phones, cellphones, including cellphones with
MP3 player or build-in camera, PDAs, etc.)
Passengers may be asked to turn on their electronic device at the security check. Please also view a list of prohibited electronic devices in the 'Prohibited Items' section above.
- One book of matches per passenger
- Butane (Bic-type) lighters. Please note that for departures from the United-States,
Bic-type lighters are the only lighters accepted past US pre-clearance checkpoints
- Plastic knitting needles with rounded tips (except for itineraries including the UK)
- Electronic cigarettes (or 'e-cigarettes'), provided they remain stowed and unused in your
Please visit the Air Canada website for more details