Air Canada: Traveling with hand baggage (carry-on)

Air Canada offers its passengers to take a large carry-on bag on board free of charge.

No matter where you plan to fly soon with the Canadian company, the latter offers you to board with:

– A piece of luggage that displays a size of 118cm (46 inches).

– A handbag that measures 92cm (36 inches)

Baggage weight: It is true that Air Canada does not impose limits, but reserves the right to refuse any baggage that is very heavy to be stored in the upper compartments of the cabin.

Any additional item you take with you into the cabin should be stowed under the seat in front.

Infants traveling without seats (on their parents’ lap) are entitled to one standard piece of baggage containing their necessary items.

Carrying liquids in hand luggage: What are Air Canada’s regulations?

The North American air carrier applies security measures on liquids carried in cabin baggage, regardless of their departure airport and destination.

Water and other beverages; creams, toothpastes, lotions and oils; perfumes and colognes; shower gel or shampoo; shaving cream; roll-on deodorants; cream make-up (mascara, BB cream, gloss, etc.); aerosols (hairspray, deodorant, etc.); foods with a liquid, creamy or pasty consistency: soups, syrups, cheese spreads, etc. are considered liquid during security checks at the airport.

According to the regulations, Air Canada’s requirements for transporting liquids in hand luggage: These items must be packed in a single transparent bag preferably with a zip closure, the maximum volume of the items in which must not cross the threshold of 0.1 Liter (100ml) for each and the total volume of the items must be less than or equal to 1 Liter.

– Liquid baby products?

These may not be subject to Air Canada liquid regulations. Products such as liquid foods (milk, bottled water/juice, puree, etc.) can be transported outside the transparent bag.

Other additional liquid products can also be placed in your luggage or handbag such as insulin, medication (in liquid or gel), in small quantities (enough for the plane trip).

– Liquid items purchased from Duty-Free stores?

This is possible after passing the security checks at the airport. They are not subject to Air Canada’s regulations for the carriage of liquids.

However, it is advisable to keep your purchase receipts, especially if you are traveling on a plane with one or more stopovers, where you will have to undergo baggage checks again.

Carrying electronic devices in hand luggage?

These can be cell phones, tablets or laptops, or any mobile electronic devices such as camcorders and Bluetooth headsets, are allowed in hand luggage. Of course, they must be placed on a tray when going through airport security.

Other appliances such as hair dryers and electric straighteners and shavers can also be placed in hand luggage.

Other products accepted in the cabin

– Spare lithium metal batteries or battery packs (the amount of lithium must not exceed 2 grams)

– Batteries or battery packs (But the device that uses them must go in the hold)

– Devices that work with lithium-ion batteries or battery packs (whose energy charge must not exceed 100 Wh)

– It is possible to put in your cabin baggage two spare lithium-ion batteries (separate and well protected), and provided that the energy charge must not exceed 160 Wh.

All these items can be taken in the cabin and in the hold except: Alkali-manganese, zinc-carbon, nickel-metal hydride, cadmium-nickel and silver oxide batteries. They are authorized in the cabin but prohibited in the hold (in checked baggage).

Other items in this category may be subject to restrictions and control at the airport: Non-spillable sealed lead-acid batteries are accepted in carry-on baggage, the maximum quantity of which is two batteries whose energy charge does not exceed 12 volts for 8.3 amps (which is equivalent to 100 Wh).

Other restrictions applicable to other special baggage

  Cabin Hold
Curling irons with hydrocarbon gas  




Curling irons without hydrocarbon gas  



Separate gas refills for curling irons



Lighters (Only: BIC, USB, Matchbook)



Dry ice (Maximum weight of 2.5 kg / 5 lb)



Camping equipment (camping stove, fuel bottle)



Camping equipment (fuel tablets

and camping stove gas cylinders)



Insect Repellents (Flammable and Non-Toxic)

Yes: 100ml (3.4oz) maximum

Yes: (Spray valve protection by a cap)

Powdered products

Yes Yes (quantity greater than 350 ml / 12 onces)
Ready-to-eat meals


Oxygen (Personal oxygen cylinders and oxygen generators; canned oxygen (recreational/flavored; liquid oxygen personal medical oxygen devices)


Battery-operated medical devices (spillable, non-spillable, and lithium-ion batteries for mobility aids)


Yes (notify customer service in advance)


Drones Yes (must be out of service)

Yes (remove lithium batteries)

Defensive sprays and incapacitating sprays


Defensive sprays and incapacitating sprays (Flammable/non-toxic) Yes (less than 100ml or 3.4oz)

Yes (protect the spray valve with a cap)

Petrol appliances (new condition / packed in its original box)

Yes (On Air Canada and Air Canada Express flights only) Yes (On Air Canada and Air Canada Express flights only)


No (In the event of a codeshare flight served by another air operator; flight from an airport in a European Union country or includes an EU airport space; from or via the United States)

Connected luggage Yes

Yes (remove battery and place in hand luggage)

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