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Carry-on Baggage

information Domestic definition

     All guests travelling on our domestic network are permitted to take up to 7kg of carry-on baggage on board. 

What is Allowed

Two pieces (e.g. small bag or briefcase) that do not exceed the dimensions of 48cm x 34cm x 23cm (total linear dimensions 105cm) each; or One small bag or briefcase (total linear dimensions 105cm), plus one non-rigid suit pack or garment bag that does not exceed dimensions of 114cm x 60cm x 11cm (total linear dimensions 185cm)

Note:

  • Medical assistance items (crutches, wheelchairs, etc) are exempt from these requirements
  • Guests travelling with infants may carry on an extra bag containing articles for use in the cabin such as nappies and baby food
  • Guests may take small musical instruments onboard as carry-on baggage provided that each instrument does not exceed dimensions of 85cm x 34cm x 23cm (total linear dimensions 142cm). Each musical instrument counts towards the guest’s carry-on allowance (substitutes for a piece with total linear dimensions of 105cm). Further information on musical instruments can be found in Oversized and Fragile Items.

Bulky Carry-on Baggage

The only items that can occupy a seat (apart from a guest) are a cello or a guitar. Guests planning to travel with a cello or guitar should call the Guest Contact Centre to book an extra seat.

Personal Items

In addition to the carry-on baggage allowance, one of the following personal items may be carried in the cabin:

  • A laptop computer*, handbag, pocketbook or purse (of reasonable size)
  • A wrap, a blanket, or an overcoat 
  • An umbrella or a walking stick
  • A small camera or pair of binoculars
  • A reasonable amount of reading matter
  • A pair of crutches or prosthetic devices – for use, provided that the guest is dependent on them for mobility 

*A laptop in thin satchel-style laptop bag is considered to be a personal item. A laptop in a larger laptop bag will be counted as part of a guest’s carry-on allowance.

Given to considerable enhancement of aviation security measures and screening equipment in recent years, the Australian Government have removed the following items from the Prohibited Items list. These items are permitted to be carried onboard: 

  • Knitting and crochet needles
  • Fork with square-ended or round-ended tines and a non-detachable handle that is round-ended
  • Blunt-ended or round-ended scissors with blades less than 6cm long
  • Pointed metal nail files and nail clippers
  • Disposable or safety razors

Due to the number of items passing through security, it is not possible to list them all. Security screening officers are responsible for ensuring security standards are met and have the final say about what items are permitted.

Medical Items

Guests who require sharp items such as syringes for medical use (e.g. diabetics), provisions are in place to allow for these items to be carried onboard an aircraft. Refer to Special Needs and Assistance for more information.  

What is Not Allowed

Prohibited Items and Weapons

Sporting goods with sharp edges or points capable of injuring a person, sharp objects which may be capable of causing harm by perforation, blunt items that are able to be used to bludgeon a person, household flammable goods, items capable of being used to restrain a person and weapons cannot be taken through airport security screening points. We recommend guests place these items in their checked baggage prior to check-in.

Some common examples include:

  • Saws, screwdrivers and hammers
  • Firearms
  • Pointed scissors or scissors with blades longer than 6cms
  • Flares
  • Disabling devices such as Tasers or pepper/OC spray
  • Baseball, softball and cricket bats
  • Billiard, pool or snooker cues
  • Martial arts equipment such as numchucks and knuckle dusters
  • Hockey sticks and golf clubs
  • Fireworks
  • Petrol
  • Cable ties and handcuffs

If it is identified at a passenger screening point you are in possession of a prohibited item or weapon, you will be asked to either make alternative arrangements for the article or you must surrender it to the security personnel.

Further information is available at the Australia Government security website.

Inflatable Items

All inflatable items must be deflated before they are permitted as carry-on baggage. Inflated items must travel in the hold of the aircraft as checked baggage. This includes inflated sports balls (i.e. footballs and basketballs).

 

Cabin Safety

Carry-on baggage that exceeds weight or size limits may cause injury to our guests and crew, and is therefore not permitted in the aircraft cabin. Guests carrying overweight or oversize cabin baggage will have these items specially tagged, and checked into the aircraft’s hold, by our boarding gate team.

On arrival the guest will collect these bags at our baggage carousel in the arrivals hall. Airport checked baggage rates may apply.

Interline and Codeshare Travel

Carry-on baggage allowances for flights with our Interline and Codeshare partners will depend on the operating carrier’s policies for each sector.

Please contact the operating carrier of your flight for further details.

For more information, please visit the Codeshare and Interline Partner webpage.
 

information International short haul definition

All guests travelling on our international short-haul network are permitted to take up to 7kg of carry-on baggage on board.

 

What is Allowed

Two pieces (e.g. small bag or briefcase) that do not exceed the dimensions of 48cm x 34cm x 23cm (total linear dimensions 105cm) each; or One small bag or briefcase (total linear dimensions 105cm), plus one non-rigid suit pack or garment bag that does not exceed dimensions of 114cm x 60cm x 11cm (total linear dimensions 185cm)

Note:

  • Medical assistance items (crutches, wheelchairs, etc.) are exempt from these requirements
  • Guests travelling with infants may carry-on an extra bag containing articles for use in the cabin such as nappies and baby food
  • Guests may take small musical instruments onboard as carry-on baggage provided that each instrument does not exceed dimensions of 85cm x 34cm x 23cm (total linear dimensions 142cm). Each musical instrument counts towards the guest’s carry-on allowance (substitutes for a piece with total linear dimensions of 105cm). Further information on musical instruments can be found in Oversized and Fragile Items 

Bulky Carry-on Baggage

The only item that can occupy a seat (apart from a guest) are a cello or a guitar. Guests planning to travel with a cello or guitar should call the Guest Contact Centre to book an extra seat.

Personal Items

In addition to the carry-on baggage allowance, one of the following personal items may be carried in the cabin:

  • A laptop computer*, handbag, pocketbook or purse (of reasonable size)
  • A wrap, a blanket, or an overcoat
  • An umbrella, or a walking stick
  • A small camera or a pair of binoculars
  • A reasonable amount of reading matter
  • A pair of crutches or prosthetic device(s) – for use, provided that the guest is dependent on them for mobility

*A laptop in thin satchel-style laptop bag is considered to be a personal item. A laptop in larger laptop bag will be counted as part of a guest’s carry-on allowance.

Given to considerable enhancement of aviation security measures and screening equipment in recent years, the Australian Government have removed the following items from the Prohibited Items list. These items are permitted to be carried onboard:

  • Knitting and crochet needles
  • Fork with square-ended or round-ended tines and a non-detachable handle that is round-ended
  • Blunt-ended or round-ended scissors with blades less than 6cm long
  • Pointed metal nail files and nail clippers
  • Disposable or safety razors

Due to the number of items passing through security, it is not possible to list them all. Security screening officers are responsible for ensuring security standards are met and have the final say about what items are permitted.

Medical Items

Guests who require sharp items such as syringes for medical use (e.g. diabetics), provisions are in place to allow for these items to be carried onboard an aircraft. Refer to Special Needs and Assistance for more information,. 

Liquids, Aerosols and Gels

Guests are permitted to carry liquids, aerosols, and/or gels (with caps) in containers with a maximum capacity of 100ml each. All containers must fit comfortably inside a single one litre transparent re-sealable plastic bag, which must be completely sealed. Each guest is permitted up to one bag and this bag may need to be presented separately at the security screening point. Refer to Liquid, Aerosols and Gels Restrictions for more information.

What is Not Allowed

Prohibited Items and Weapons

Sporting goods with sharp edges or points capable of injuring a person, sharp objects which may be capable of causing harm by perforation, blunt items that are able to be used to bludgeon a person, household flammable goods, items capable of being used to restrain a person and weapons cannot be taken through airport security screening points. We recommend guests place these items in their checked baggage prior to check-in.

Some common examples include:

  • Saws, screwdrivers and hammers
  • Firearms
  • Pointed scissors or scissors with blades longer than 6cms
  • Flares
  • Disabling devices such as Tasers or pepper/OC spray
  • Baseball, softball and cricket bats
  • Billiard, pool or snooker cues
  • Martial arts equipment such as numchucks and knuckle dusters
  • Hockey sticks and golf clubs
  • Fireworks
  • Petrol
  • Cable ties and handcuffs

If it is identified at a passenger screening point you are in possession of a prohibited item or weapon, you will be asked to either make alternative arrangements for the article or you must surrender it to the security personnel.

Most countries largely remain consistent what items are considered prohibited items and weapons, however for further clarification, visit:

Inflatable Items

All inflatable items must be deflated before they are permitted as carry-on baggage. Inflated items must travel in the hold of the aircraft as checked baggage. This includes inflated sports balls (i.e. footballs and basketballs).

 

 

Cabin Safety

Carry-on baggage that exceeds weight or size limits may cause injury to our guests and crew, and is therefore not permitted in the aircraft cabin. Guests carrying overweight or oversize cabin baggage will have these items specially tagged, and checked into the aircraft’s hold, by our boarding gate team.

On arrival the guest will collect these bags at our baggage carousel in the arrivals hall. Airport checked baggage rates may apply.

Interline and Codeshare Travel

Carry-on baggage allowances for flights with our Interline and Codeshare partners will depend on the operating carrier’s policies for each sector.

Please contact the operating carrier of your flight for further details.

For more information, please visit the Codeshare and Interline Partner webpage.

information International long haul definition

All guests travelling on our international long-haul network are permitted to take up to 7kg of carry-on baggage on board.

 

What is Allowed

Fare Family Piece Allowance Maximum Weight (per piece) Total Dimensions (per piece)
International Economy 1 piece + 1 personal item 7kg (15.4 lb) 115cm* (45in)
International Premium Economy 1 piece + 1 personal item 7kg (15.4 lb) 115cm* (45in)
International Business 2 pieces + 1 personal item 7kg (15.4 lb) 115cm* (45in)

 

* Total dimensions are determined by adding together the length, width and height of the bag.

Note: Medical assistance items (crutches, wheelchairs etc.) are exempt from these requirements.

Carry-on baggage may consist of:

  • One piece (e.g. small bag or briefcase) that does not exceed total linear dimensions* of 115cm (45in) when travelling in International Economy or International Premium Economy
  • Two pieces that do not exceed total linear dimensions* of 115cm (45in) when travelling in International Business

Note:

  • Medical assistance items (crutches, wheelchairs etc.) are exempt from these requirements
  • Guests travelling with infants may carry-on an extra bag containing articles for use in the cabin such as nappies and baby food
  • Guests may take small musical instruments onboard as carry-on baggage provided that each instrument does not exceed dimensions of 85cm x 34cm x 23cm (total linear dimensions 142cm). Each musical instrument counts towards the guest’s carry-on allowance (substitutes for a piece with total linear dimensions of 115cm) and must weigh less than 7kg. Further information on musical instruments can be found in  Oversized and Fragile Items

Bulky Carry-on Baggage

Virgin Australia may accept bulky or fragile items above the standard carry-on baggage size, such as large musical instruments or diplomatic baggage, to be carried in the aircraft cabin. Guests may need to purchase an additional seat to accommodate these items.

Note: Virgin Australia requires a minimum of 15 days' notice, prior to the day of travel, for bulky cabin items to be approved for carriage. For further information please contact the Guest Contact Centre.

Personal Items

In addition to the carry-on baggage allowance, one of the following personal items may be carried in the cabin:

  • A laptop computer^, handbag, pocketbook or purse (of reasonable size)
  • A wrap, a blanket, or an overcoat
  • An umbrella or a walking stick
  • A small camera or a pair of binoculars
  • A reasonable amount of reading matter
  • A pair of crutches or prosthetic devices – for use, provided that the guest is dependent on them for mobility

^A laptop in thin satchel-style laptop bag is considered to be a personal item. A laptop in a larger laptop bag will be counted as part of a guest’s carry-on allowance.

Given to considerable enhancement of aviation security measures and screening equipment in recent years, the Australian Government have removed the following items from the Prohibited Items list. These items are permitted to be carried onboard:

  • Knitting and crochet needles
  • Fork with square-ended or round-ended tines and a non-detachable handle that is round-ended
  • Blunt-ended or round-ended scissors with blades less than 6cm long
  • Pointed metal nail files and nail clippers
  • Disposable or safety razors

Due to the number of items passing through security, it is not possible to list them all. Security screening officers are responsible for ensuring security standards are met and have the final say about what items are permitted.

Medical Items

Guests who require sharp items such as syringes for medical use (e.g. diabetics), provisions are in place to allow for these items to be carried onboard an aircraft. Refer to Special Needs and Assistance for more information,. 

Liquids, Aerosols and Gels

Guests are permitted to carry liquids, aerosols, and/or gels (with caps) in containers with a maximum capacity of 100ml each. All containers must fit comfortably inside a single one litre transparent re-sealable plastic bag, which must be completely sealed. Each guest is permitted up to one bag and this bag may need to be presented separately at the security screening point. Refer to Liquid, Aerosols and Gels Restrictions for more information.

Additional Security Measures for travel to the USA

The United States Government security organization - Transport Security Administration (TSA) requires enhanced security measures at select overseas airports with direct flights to the U.S. This may involve some guests undergoing additional screening measures at departure gates. Some additional measures may also involve examination and/or restrictions on some personnel electronic devices (PEDs).

Should you:

  • Refuse or fail to comply with any of the screening requirements
  • Be unable to remove the protective casing from a personnel electronic device that must undergo additional screening
  • Have a personnel electronic device that may show signs of tampering or signs of modification
  • Have an item in your carry on baggage (including personnel electronic devices) which cannot be cleared by Security Officer and/or Law Enforcement Officer
  • Either your item and/or yourself may be denied uplift.

For further information on TSA enhanced security measures, refer to the TSA website

What is Not Allowed

Prohibited Items and Weapons

Sporting goods with sharp edges or points capable of injuring a person, sharp objects which may be capable of causing harm by perforation, blunt items that are able to be used to bludgeon a person, household flammable goods, items capable of being used to restrain a person and weapons cannot be taken through airport security screening points. We recommend guests place these items in their checked baggage prior to check-in.

Some common examples include:

  • Saws, screwdrivers and hammers
  • Firearms
  • Pointed scissors or scissors with blades longer than 6cms
  • Flares
  • Disabling devices such as Tasers or pepper/OC spray
  • Baseball, softball and cricket bats
  • Billiard, pool or snooker cues
  • Martial arts equipment such as numchucks and knuckle dusters
  • Hockey sticks and golf clubs
  • Fireworks
  • Petrol
  • Cable ties and handcuffs

If it is identified at a passenger screening point you are in possession of a prohibited item or weapon, you will be asked to either make alternative arrangements for the article or you must surrender it to the security personnel.

Most countries largely remain consistent what items are considered prohibited items and weapons, however for further clarification, visit:

Inflatable Items

All inflatable items must be deflated before they are permitted as carry-on baggage. Inflated items must travel in the hold of the aircraft as checked baggage. This includes inflated sports balls (i.e. footballs and basketballs).

 

 

Cabin Safety

Carry-on baggage that exceeds weight or size limits may cause injury to our guests and crew, and is therefore not permitted in the aircraft cabin. Guests carrying overweight or oversize cabin baggage will have these items specially tagged, and checked into the aircraft’s hold, by our boarding gate team.

On arrival the guest will be required to collect these bags at our Baggage Services counter in the arrivals hall. Additional charges may be payable on collection of bags that were tagged at the gate. Airport checked baggage rates may apply.

Interline and Codeshare Travel

Carry-on baggage allowances for flights with our Interline and Codeshare partners will depend on the operating carrier’s policies for each sector.

Please contact the operating carrier of your flight for further details.

For more information, please visit the Codeshare and Interline Partner webpage.