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Carry-on luggage allowance

Carry-on luggage allowance Passengers traveling first class who hold adult or child tickets are permitted to carry on two pieces of hand baggage. For business or economy class passengers, only one piece of carry on baggage is allowed. Your hand baggage should be less than five kilograms (about 11 pounds) in total and any piece must have dimensions no larger than 20*40*55 centimeters (8*16*22 inches). Any items that exceed these criteria are treated as checked luggage.

Checked luggage allowance

Except for infant ticket holders, passengers who hold an adult or half-price ticket (for a child) are allowed to take a certain amount of checked luggage for free. The limitation is below:

Cabin Class Maximum Total Weight Maximum number of items
First Class (F) 40 kilograms (88 pounds) Two pieces
Business Class (C) 30 kilograms (66 pounds) One piece
Economy Class (Y) 20 kilograms (44 pounds) One piece
Each piece of checked luggage should not exceed 50 kilograms in weight (110 pounds) and 40*60*100 centimeters (16*24 *39 inches) in size.

In addition each passenger is allowed to have the following things carried on for free:
1. one gripesack
2. one overcoat or raincoat; a travel blanket
3. one umbrella or a walking stick
4. pocket-sized camera
5. one miniature telescope
6. reading matter for the flight
7. food for an infant during the flight
8. one bassinet
9. folding wheelchair, or a pair of crutches, and artificial limbs
10. one notebook PC

Other items, such as a backpack, attache case, typewriter, portable radio, powder box, hatbox, good-sized camera and books (not for reading on the plane), can not be taken as carry-on luggage above your free allowance, and will be treated as checked luggage.

Lithium batteries cannot be consigned, only allowed be disconnecting and taking in hand luggage. What's more, every passenger can only take at most two spare batteries in hand luggage and should be well packed separately to avoid short-cut. For the little electric compact appliances with lithium batteries, like electric tools or toys, also cannot be consigned. They should also be carried in hand luggage, being well preserved to prevent any unexpected startup.

Liquid articles on board
Passengers are allowed to carry liquid articles on planes, but there are some regulations which must be adhered to. Hereunder are the details as announced by the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) on Feb 5, 2003.

In order to ensure flight safety of civil aircraft and protect the life and properties of passengers, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China has decided to tighten the control over carry-on liquid articles of passengers flying in civil aircraft. It is hereby announced as follows:

Each passenger may carry on his person at most two bottles per trip (the volume of each bottle should not exceed 500ML) of liquid articles such as carbonated beverage, mineral water, tea, milk, yogurt or fruit juice, and the bottles should be opened, inspected and confirmed beyond doubt before carrying onto an aircraft. Any liquids other than those listed above should be placed in checked luggage.

Passengers should not carry on their person alcohol (bottled or canned). In those cases where the carrying of spirits is really necessary, the amount carried by each person each time should not exceed two bottles (one kilo), placed in checked luggage, and be in packaging that complies with CAAC regulations.

Liquid articles that must be carried by a passenger on his person for special reasons, such as liquid medicine carried by a sick passenger and articles for drinking by an infant accompanied by a passenger, may be carried but must have their bottles opened, inspected and confirmed beyond doubt.

Passengers may take small quantities of cosmetics, with a limit of one item of each type; each container shall be no more than 100 ml in volume. All cosmetics must be placed in a separate bag ready for inspection.

Any passenger who violates the above regulations shall be responsible for any losses, such as a missed flight, that may occur due to the violation.

Note: The above is just the general stipulation issued by CAAC (General Administration of Civil Aviation of China). Different Airlines may have different standards for free checked luggage. Please read the explanation printed on your air ticket.

Overweight luggage
If your baggage is overweight, the excess amount will incur an additional charge reckoned by distance and weight: Generally, 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) costs 1.5% of a full economy-class airfare (one way, adult ticket).

Prohibition of Bringing Lithium Cell in invoice luggage According to International Civil Aviation Organization and CAAC, passengers are demanded to follow the rules below:

Lithium Cell is forbidden to be brought in invoice luggage.

Passengers are allowed to bring Personal used electronic equipments (as watch, calculator, camera, mobile phone, hand-held computer, portable video camera and articles like these) which contain lithium or lithium ion cell core and cell. You are demanded to store your emergency cell carefully to avoid shout circuit. And your cells must be brought in your carry-on luggage. Every emergency cell you bring along with you must be limited within the following amount;

1) For lithium metal or lithium alloy cell, lithium content must be limited within 2 gram.

2) For lithium ion cell, lithium content must be limited within 8 gram. If you can store your cell well, you are allowed to bring lithium ion cells within total lithium content of 25 gram. And two emergency cells are allowed to be brought for each passenger.

Other types of emergency dry cell (such as nickel-hydrogen cell).are also allowed to be taken along with you if you can protect them well from short circuit.

Date of effectiveness: 23rd, Aug 2008

Prohibition of Bringing Lighter and match to take flight In order to avoid the danger brought by lighter or match and to ensure the safety of passengers, according to CAAC, passengers are forbidden to bring lighters, matches and the like articles both in carry-on luggage and invoice luggage. We recommend you to check your luggage and ensure there are no such articles to guarantee you can be aboard. If you have some valuable lighters, you can store them in airports for a short period. Chinese airports offer storage service to make convenience to the most extent to you.

Date of effectiveness: 9th, May 2008

Prohibition of Bringing Liquid Luggage on Domestic Flights With the consideration of passengers'safety, CAAC has decided to adjust the regulations about carry-on liquid luggage on domestic flights. The regulations are as following:

All domestic flight travelers may not carry liquids, gels and aerosols in their carry-on baggage. However, if the package accords with the standards of CAAC, the airline Companies will deliver the liquid baggage for you.

Passengers'cosmetics are allowed to be carried and each kind of cosmetic can be carried only one item whose volume must be within 100 ml. And the cosmetics must be put in to bags and opened to receive checking for security.

Passengers from abroad who need to transfer in China are demanded to be packaged their duty-free liquid luggage into non-destructive transparent plastic bag and show the shopping credential for the convenience of security checking.

Passengers with infant can apply for liquid milk to airline companies when buying their tickets and airline companies are able to provide them for free. Diabetic and other patient passengers who need to carry liquid medicine are demanded to deliver their medicine to the airline companies for keeping after security checking.

International passengers follow the formal regulations about liquid luggage as following:

1) From May 1, 2007, each international flight passenger is allowed to carry one container with no more than 100 ml liquid. Alcohol can only be taken as checked luggage. The excess part should be delivered to consign.

2) When taking international flights, liquid containers must be packaged in non-destructive transparent plastic bags whose volume is no more than 1 liter (20*20). Each passenger is only allowed to carry one bag and the excess part should be delivered to consign. Liquid luggage is demanded to receive security checking separately.

3) Articles which are limited for carrying contain liquid drink (as mineral water, tea water, carbonic acid drink, milk, juice and so on), cosmetics (as toothpaste, shampoo, bath cream and skin cream and gels), medicine (as eye drop, take orally medicine and externally applied agent), aerosol (as sizing water, gel). Furthermore, food packaged with bottles and jars is also limited to carry.

Date of effectiveness: 14th, Mar 2008,
Author/Editor By : HCT