How Strict Is Air Canada Carry-on Luggage 2024?

So how strict is Air Canada with carry-on luggage size and weight ? 

Whether you are traveling with Air Canada or with any Canadian airline, luggage restrictions are set to ensure the safety of the airplane and comfort of passenbers on board. 

So it is important to understand your airline carry on luggage policies, to avoid any inconvenience or penalties.

In this blog post, we’ll be taking a closer look at Air Canada’s carry-on luggage rules and policies, the allowed dimensions and weight, prohibited items, and how strictly the airline enforces its policies. 

Let’s dive right in.

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How Strict Is Air Canada Carry-On Luggage?

Air Canada Carry-On Baggage are slightly strict about the size and weight, the airline are typically very stringent in enforcing its luggage policies so please  Make sure you know the exact details mentioned below to avoid unnecessary fees.

All Air Canada Guests are entitled to carry on board one cabin baggage that must be light enough to be stored easily in the overhead bin with the following dimensions:

height 55 cm /21.5 in
width 23 cm /9 in
length 40 cm /15.5 in

In addition of your carry on bag you can also bring one personal item that must fit under the seat in front of you with the following measurements:

height 33 cm /13 in
width 16 cm /6 in
length 43 cm /17 in

What is Air Canada baggage check in allowance?

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How Strict Is Air Canada With Checked Baggage Weight?

Air Canada checked baggage depends on your booking tickets and the route you are travelling.

The maximum weight per bag is 23 kg (50 lbs) and the total allowable dimensions are 158 cm (62 in)

Max. weight per bag: 23 kg (50 lbs)

Max. total dimensions per bag: 158 cm (62 inches)

Air Canada Checked baggage fees

Economy Class 

fares 1st bag 2nd bag
Basic and Standard $30.00 $50.00
comfort and Flex  free $50.00
Latitude free

Economy Class Travel Between Canada and the U.S.

fares 1st bag 2nd bag
Basic and Standard $30.00 $50.00
comfort and Flex  free $50.00
Latitude free

Economy Class Travel Between Canada and Mexico or the Caribbean

fares 1st bag 2nd bag
Basic and Standard $30.00 $50.00
comfort and Flex  free $50.00
Latitude free

 International Travel

The baggage allowance for flights between Canada and other international destinations varies based on the route and the date your ticket was issued.

  • All international itineraries allow for at least 1 free bag
  • The maximum fee for a second bag is $100.00

Exception: Economy Basic fare on flights between Canada and Europe:

  • 1st bag: $70.00
  • 2nd bag: $100

The second bag fee displayed represents the maximum payable fee. The actual fee may be lower for some destinations.  

Extra Bags and Overweight / Oversized Items allowance

If you baggage exceeds the indicated luggage allowance on your ticket(in number,size and weight), additional checked baggage charges will apply. Please refer to the table above for additional checked baggage charges that apply to your itinerary.

  • Please arrive at the airport at least 120 minutes before departure if checking additional bags, or overweight or oversized pieces.
  • You will need to contact Air Canada Cargo External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines. if you’re travelling with bags that exceed:
    • 32 kg (70 lb) in weight,
    • 292 cm (115 in) in linear dimensions, and/or
    • 203 cm (80 in) in length.

Air Canada Restricted baggage allowance

For your safety and safety of all Air Canada Guests you will need to not bring any items that may threaten the convenience of Air Canada flights.

please make sure that you go through this guideline and have a quick glance about what you can and what not to bring with Air Canada:

Items you can carry within your cabin baggage

  • Air purifiers and ionizers for personal use:
  • Air purifiers and ionizers for home use:
  • Canned oxygen
  • Avalanche transceivers
  • CO2 cylinders

Items you can carry within your Checked baggage

  • Avalanche rescue backpack
  • Replacement/spare cylinders for rescue backpacks
  • Avalanche transceivers
  • Scuba tanks
  • Paintball cylinders
  • CO2 cylinders

Items not accepted in either your carry-on or checked baggage

  • Personal oxygen cylinders and oxygen generators;
  • Canned oxygen (also known as recreational or flavoured oxygen);
  • Personal medical oxygen devices that use liquid oxygen.These devices are also prohibited on one’s person.
  • Arsenic, cyanide, insecticides, pesticides/weed killer

Learn more about what to take in checked baggage in this post.


Air Canada will enforce its carry-on luggage policy strictly, but it will mostly depend on your ticket and destination.

Generally, Air Canada staff will check the size and weight of carry-on luggage before at the check in desk, and you will be required to place their bags in a sizer to ensure they meet the airline’s requirements.

If your bag exceeds the allowed size or weight, you may be required to check it in and pay an additional fee.

So ensure that you stay with the airline carry on and checked baggage size and weight limits.

We hope this helps

Happy travels

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Disclosure:Some information for (Air Canada Baggage Allowance) is pulled from The airline websites as a resource. Airline websites are the authority and can change at any time. For the latest information please visit the Airline website .