What measures should cabin suitcases have?

It is becoming more common travel only with hand luggage. The main reason is that you can access cheaper rates, in addition to save time at the airport and avoid the possibility of luggage being lost or damaged. If you choose to travel only with hand luggage, it is necessary to take into account the measurements and weight of the objects that you carry with you to avoid unnecessary extra charges.

Cabin suitcase measurements according to airline

Cabin luggage measurements follow a very similar pattern in almost all companies, but we recommend that you take a good look at it before leaving home Since, although some do not measure it, in others they can check it and force you to check in your luggage when you are already at the boarding gate, an operation that can be quite expensive.

Keep in mind that space on most planes is limited, so we recommend that you be early at the boarding gate to enter first and avoid being checked in (free of charge) due to lack of space.

Below, we indicate the hand luggage policy of the five most frequent airlines in Spain in 2018/2019, according to data from Aena. In any case, always check its official website to be up to date with possible changes.

aircraft hand luggage measurements


Ryanair (@Ryanair) is one of the airlines with a more demanding carry-on baggage policy. In fact, for free, it only allows one bag of 40 x 20 x 25 cm. To be able to upload a carry-on suitcase you have to pay Priority (usually around 8 euros, it is cheaper to do it together with the purchase of the ticket than a posteriori), which allows you to upload a second package of 55 x 40 x 23 cm. The maximum weight allowed is 10 Kg. You can lower this suitcase free of charge to the hold if you don’t mind not taking it with you on board.

Iberia / Air Nostrum

Iberia (@Iberia) allows upload two bundles. A small piece, which must be able to fit under the front seat (backpack, handbag, briefcase …) and another additional suitcase with maximum dimensions of 56 x 45 x 25 cm.


Vueling (@Vueling) allows a small bag or backpack to be brought on board, with maximum dimensions of 35 x 20 x 20 cm, in addition to the carry-on suitcase, which should not weigh more than 10 kg and must be within a range of 55 x 40 x 20 cm.

Air Europe

Air Europe (@Air Europe) is another of the companies that also allow two pieces on board. One of them must fit under the front seat and the other cannot exceed the dimensions of 55 x 35 x 25 cm, along with a maximum weight of 10 Kg.


The EasyJet low cost (@Easyjet) is one of those that allows more weight, specifically 15 Kg and dimensions of 56 x 45 x 25 cm. On the contrary, they do not allow a second piece (except if we have contracted the Flexi rate), so if you need to carry a backpack, briefcase, etc., you will have to figure out how to get on the plane with it inside the main suitcase.