Air Canada Baggage Policy & Allowance

Air Canada Baggage Policy

Air Canada allows you to carry your baggage along with you in the cabin hold and also as cargo.However, there are some guidelines for carry-on baggage and checked baggage that you need to follow while traveling in an Air Canada Flight.

Carry-On Baggage Policy

As per the Air Canada Baggage Policy, you are allowed to carry one standard article as well as a personal article regardless of your destination. The size of your standard article must be 55x23x40 cm, and the personal article must be 33x16x43 cm. The maximum dimension of your standard article also includes its wheels and handles. And the weight of your carry-on baggage must be within such a limit that it easily gets fit in the overhead bin unassisted. You can place your personal item under the seat in front of you if carrying one.If you are carrying an infant or small child on your lap then you are allowed to carry one additional standard article, which contains your child’s belongings.

Some examples of what you can consider as standard or personal article are

  • Roller bag
  • Briefcase
  • Laptop
  • Backpack
  • Cat or Dog in a small carrier.
  • Tennis, Squash, Badminton Racquets.
  • Camera, Diplomatic, Garment Bags.

Items not allowed in Air Canada Flight

Although you are allowed to carry baggage pieces while traveling in Air Canada flight, but there
are some items that you are not allowed to carry on your flight. Few items that are restricted as
per the Air Canada baggage Policy are:

  • Batteries and Electronic Devices.
  • Curling Lighters and Irons.
  • Dry Ice or Ice Packs.
  •  Liquids & Gels.
  • Oxygen for Medical purposes.

Traveling To and From via the United States or the United Kingdom

Air Canada Luggage policy varies for passengers traveling to and from the United States or the United Kingdom from other countries. To know about what all items are restricted for passengers departing from the United Sates, you can visit the Transport Security Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture. And for passengers departing from the United Kingdom, you can visit the British Airport Authority and Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

All those passengers who are traveling to European Union Countries should know about the strict regulations that get applied on restricted products such as meat and milk products like powdered infant formula, infant food required for a medical reason, etc.

Passengers who are willing to carry meat or milk products into the EU must have all the necessary documentation from veterinary services of the country from which they are departing.

Air Canada Checked baggage

 To know about what you can carry as checked baggage and what must be its size and weight as per Air Canada Checked Baggage policy, you can use the airline’s checked baggage calculator.

Extra Baggage piece, and Overweight and Oversize charges 

If your baggage weight and size crosses the above weight and height limits, you must pay an additional fee for your each baggage. For all your additional baggage pieces, Air Canada’s additional checked baggage charges will get applied.  

If your baggage pieces exceed 32 Kg in weight, 292 Cm in size, and 203 Cm in length, you will have to contact Air Canada Cargo.

Baggage fees 

You can pay for your baggage through either of the following ways.

  • Online
  • Mobile Device
  • At the airport using the airline’s self-service check-in kiosks.
  • At Air Canada Check-In counter.

Note: If you are planning to pay for your baggage through cash, please note that you won’t be able to do so at some airports such as at Air Canada counters in the United States and few Canadian Airports.

Special Items on an Air Canada Flight

Apart from normal carry-on or checked baggage, you are allowed to carry a few special items, which are mentioned below.

Sports Equipment

You will have to register for your sports equipment 24 hours before the departure of your flight by contacting Air Canada Reservations or Air Canada Vacations. You can also contact your travel agent for this purpose. 

Few sports items which you are allowed to carry in your flight are

  • Archery Equipment like Bow and Arrow.
  • Bat and Balls
  • Bicycles
  • Boating and Fishing equipment’s
  • Golf Clubs
  • Hammer
  • Ice Skates and several other things.

Musical Equipment

Musical Instruments must be carried with the utmost safety and must be properly packaged in a hard shell container.You can carry your musical instrument on-board only if it meets the current Air Canada size requirements. It must also get fitted either into the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.

If you wish to purchase a seat for your musical instrument, you can also do that and receive a 50% discount. The size of your musical instrument must not exceed 162.5 cm, and weight must not exceed 36 Kg. And the number of musical instrument you can carry on-board is limited. Therefore, carry your musical instrument accordingly. 

When planning to carry your musical instrument as checked baggage, please note that it must not exceed the maximum number of items you are allowed as per your fare type.

Hunting Equipment

Traveling by Air Canada fight, you are also allowed to carry a few hunting equipment’s. However, there are few guidelines for that.


  • You must reach the airport, 30 minutes before the departure of your flight.
  • If your hunting equipment count for more than the permitted baggage limit as per your fare type, you will have to pay additional baggage charges.

Few hunting equipment which you can carry are:

  • Ammunition
  • Horns and Antlers
  • Firearms
  • Fishing equipment

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