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Baggage Allowances & Regulations

Every airline has a policy regarding what amount of baggage you may take whether that be in the hold or hand luggage. It’s important to understand the weight, dimensions, and restrictions when packing.

Cabin Baggage/ Hand Luggage Rules

This refers to the bags you carry through security and carry with you onboard the plane. We recommend carrying only the minimum in your hand luggage as this will mean you have less to carry and will be able to pass through security screening quicker. As queues can form during busy times we advise you to arrive early for your flight and ensure you have plenty of time to pass through security screening. Here are some general rules for hand luggage:

  • Amount of baggage: You are generally allowed to carry one small piece of hand luggage (with some exceptions). This has to be small enough to fit under the seat in front. Depending on your airline or the specific ticket type you have purchased, you may be able to bring additional or larger items on board with you. It is important to double-check your airline’s specific requirements before you set off to the airport, as excess hand luggage can incur costly charges.
  • Your hand luggage must not hold any prohibited items as listed below.
  • You are allowed to take liquids, gels, creams, and pastes with a maximum of 100ml in each container. These containers must be placed in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of 20cm x 20cm which must be sealed shut.
  • For security screening, the bag must be removed from your luggage and placed into one of the trays provided.

Check the exact allowances on your hand luggage with your airline


The items below are considered liquids and must be placed inside your resealable bag:

  • hairspray and aerosols
  • creams and lotions
  • roll-on deodorants
  • nail varnish
  • sun-tanning/sun cream products
  • lip gloss 
  • liquid soap
  • toothpaste
  • mascara
  • contact lens solution

Liquids, gels, creams & pastes must be less than 100ml each.

Electrical Items

When passing through security screening you will be required to remove tablets, laptops, mobile phones, and MP3 players from your hand baggage and place them in the trays provided.

Baby Items and Products

If you are travelling with a baby under 2 years of age you may carry some of the following items in your hand luggage as an exception to the usual hand luggage rules:

  • Baby milk and sterilized water for the duration of your journey – this can be over 100ml and will be subject to additional security screening
  • Expressed breast milk can be taken in unlimited quantities in containers with a maximum capacity of 2 litres.
  • Baby food in a liquid, gel or paste form can be over 100ml.

Checked-in or Hold Luggage

Hold luggage refers to the bags that you check-in at your airline ticket counter and are stored in the hold of the plane. At Alicante Airport, all ticket counters are in the upper part of the airport’s departure area. Regarding the amount of luggage, we suggest you put as much as you can in your hold luggage.

You are allowed to include certain items in your hold luggage that are not permitted in your hand luggage. Some of these items include:

  • Liquids, creams, gels, and pastes in containers of over 100ml
  • Walking/hiking poles
  • Sporting equipment
  • Certain razors and scissors

The above is not a complete or exhaustive list. Please check with your airline for a full list.

All airlines have weight limits for luggage with 23 kilograms (50.7 pounds) being the industry standard. If your suitcase weighs more than this, you will be charged per kilo, and it can become costly so pack accordingly.

Prohibited items

Sharp and prohibited items

The following items are forbidden in hand luggage:

  • Toy guns, replicas, and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons.
  • Catapults or slingshots
  • Razor blades
  • Sports bats, clubs, or cues
  • Knives and scissors with a sharp or pointed blade longer than 6cm (scissors with blunt ends are permitted)
  • Tools
  • Darts
  • Hypodermic syringes (unless for medical reasons)
  • Potential weapon items

The above is not a complete or exhaustive list. Please check with your airline for a full list.

These items are prohibited anywhere on the aircraft:

  • Party poppers
  • Acids
  • Poisons
  • Flammable liquids
  • Explosives
  • Matches or lighters
  • Bleach
  • Incapacitating sprays
  • Ignitable gas devices
  • Compressed gas
  • Compressed air
  • Firearms of all types


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