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Hand baggage

These are pieces of baggage that you can carry with you in the aircraft cabin.

Flying just with hand baggage will save you time if you check in online

We have increased our hand baggage sizes and you can still carry one additional item onboard.

From 3 July we have been running checks on the new baggage dimensions so you can fly safely and comfortably. If your hand baggage exceeds the dimensions it will have to go into the hold and you may be liable to a surcharge.

Illustration of the maximum permitted dimensions for carry-on baggage

Maximum dimensions per piece of baggage.

56cm x 45cm x 25cm

Handle, pocket compartments and wheels included in the dimensions.

These pieces should fit in the size-check device located at the airports.

This control means that items can fit below the seats and in the overhead storage compartments.

Baggage that exceeds these measurements must be checked-in.

There are some exceptions.

Iberia and Iberia Regional Air Nostrum Flights*

Permitted carry-on baggage
Tourist Business class Business plus
Icon of 1 suitcase

You can take 1 piece on board.

Icon of 1 suitcase

You can take 1 piece on board.

Icon of 2 suitcases

You can take 2 pieces on board.

* The Iberia Regional Air Nostrum aircrafts are smaller so there may be some limitations as to what you can take with you in the cabin. In this case, your luggage would be placed in the luggage hold and be able for you to collect upon arrival.

What else can I take on board besides the permitted baggage items?

  • A handbag or small briefcase.
  • A laptop computer or photo camera.
  • A baby's bag with food, drink and equipment for the flight.

Electronic items

You can keep your PC, PDA, portable music player and mobile phone turned on throughout the flight (airplane mode).

See devices

Regulations concerning liquids

Amounts in 100 ml. bottles inside a clear plastic bag with an adhesive closure or zip and a maximum capacity of 1 litre are allowed.

See regulations

Prohibited items

Those that are dangerous due to their chemical nature such as explosives and toxic or radioactive substances. And, because of their shape, steel weapons and firearms, and tools with sharp edges, etc.

See items

Exceptional cases

Flights with other companies

IB5XXX flights operated by Vueling : you can take 1 piece on board g it does not weigh more than 10 kg and is no larger than 55x40x20 cm.

You can also carry one additional item of significantly smaller size, such as a small briefcase, handbag or camera.

These pieces should fit in the size-check device located at the airports.

At the boarding gate, any carry-on baggage (or accessories) that does not comply with this regulation, in other words, that exceeds the amount and/or measurements shown above, will be removed and stowed in the aircraft hold at an additional cost of 35 € per case each way.

IB5000 passengers who have not checked in any piece of luggage but whose hand luggage has to be withdrawn at the boarding gate, are exempt of this 35euros charge.

This measure applies to all IB5000 passengers who have previously checked-in the hold baggage item they are entitled to as excess allowance. If the ib5000 passenger has no checked-in baggage, the hand baggage that must be removed at the boarding gate will be exempt from the €35 payment.

We advise you check your baggage allowance if you are travelling on flights IB7XXX, IB4XXX or any other flights operated by an airline other than Iberia or Iberia Regional Air Nostrum.

Flights to/from the US

The US authorities report that, due to security restrictions, all passengers travelling into/out of the US can only carry one piece of carry-on baggage and 1 other personal item on their outbound flight.

And remember

  • Maximum item size 56x45x25cm.
  • If your baggage exceeds this, it must be checked-in.
  • 1 litre maximum on bottled liquids.
  • You may connect your electronic devices.
  • Do not carry dangerous objects with you.