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Airports: Baggage

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) regulations and (b) guidance govern the carrying of hand luggage on aeroplanes leaving (i) Heathrow and (ii) Gatwick; and who is responsible for determining the number of pieces of hand luggage allowed per passenger on commercial aircraft. (200650)

The previous restriction on the number of cabin bags permitted to be carried at both Heathrow and Gatwick has been lifted. It is for the airlines and airports to apply their own local policies on the number of bags which may be taken on to aircraft by passengers. The only restriction is on the size of cabin bag (remains at 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm) and there are no plans to change this. These dimensions are in line with The International Air Transport Association’s recommended practice.