Air India Baggage Policy, Prohibited Items and Customer Reviews

Airlines have their rules and regulations to maintain the security and safety of the passengers. Air India is one of the major airlines of India that is serving internationally for many destinations. It has its own specific rules for travelers. If you have booked a flight ticket to India then it is advised to go through the baggage policy before traveling:

Hand Baggage/ Carry-on Baggage:


Max. Dimension No. of Pieces Weight
115 cm 1 piece 8kg


For alliance operated flights the maximum dimension of 85 cm with weight of 1 bag should be 5 kg.

Checked Baggage allowance:


Class No. of Pieces Weight
First Class 2 pieces 32 kg
Executive Class 2 pieces 32 kg
Economy Class 2 pieces 23 kg


Excess Baggage Charges will be applied if you carry more than mentioned allowance.

  • For more than 23 kg to 32 kg, the charges applied are 120 per piece.
  • For the third and each additional piece, 240 USD will be charged.


Items not allowed in hand baggage:


Item Type Included Items
Personal Items


Lighter, Scissors-metal with pointed tips, a replica or a toy weapon.
Sharp Objects


Box Cutters, Ice Axes, Knives, butter, and plastic cutlery, Razor-type utility knives, razor blades not in a cartridge, safety razors are exceptional.
Sporting Goods Baseball Bats, Bows and Arrows, Cricket Bats, Golf Clubs, Hockey Sticks, Lacrosse Sticks, Pool Cues, Ski Poles.
Guns and Firearm


Ammunition, Compressed Air Guns, Firearms, Parts of Guns and Firearms, Pellet Guns.


Axes and hatchets, Hammers, Drills, Saws, Screwdrivers, Tools, Wrenches and Pliers.
Martial Arts/Self Defense Items


Billy Clubs, Black Jacks, Brass Knuckles, Mace/Pepper Spray, Martial Arts Weapons, Night Sticks, Self Defense Items, Stun Guns/Shocking Devices


Items prohibited in carry as well as checked baggage:


Item Type Items Included

Explosive Materials


Flare Guns, Gun Lighters, Gun Powder, Explosive material. Blasting caps, Dynamite, Fireworks, Flares, Hand Grenades, Plastic Explosives and Realistic Replicas of Explosives.

Compressed Gases


Deeply refrigerated, flammable, non-flammable and poisonous gases.

Flammable Items


Aerosol, Fuels, Gasoline, Gas Torches, Lighter Fluid, Strike anywhere matches, Turpentine and Paint Thinner.

Oxidizing materials


Bleaching powder and peroxides.
Poisonous and infectious substances Insecticides, weed-killers and live virus materials.

Dangerous articles


Magnetized, offensive or irritating materials.

If you have an issue of delayed and lost baggage:


In case if you are not able to find your bag then don’t get confused.  Enter the baggage counter and file a report. They will provide you a reference number in return for further actions to follow-up.

If there is the delay of entire checked baggage beyond 24 hours then the one-time interim expense of GBP 50.00 or equivalent local currency is provided. In India, the amount is INR 3,000.


Lost Baggage:


If there is delayed baggage that could not be traced for 21 days from the date of the filed report then it is considered as lost baggage. You can even claim for the compensation in return of your baggage.

Customer Reviews:


D Baney (India) 13th May 2019


I was pleasantly surprised by the overall experience on this 1-hour flight from Lucknow to Jaipur. The check-in was smooth and in the flight, I was surprised that they serve sandwiches on such a short flight and making rounds asking passengers for more. The free baggage allowance and seat assignment is another reason represents the full-service tag.

Claus Dirnberger (Australia) 10th May 2019


Another very good flight with Air India. I was able to upgrade myself to Business and have not regretted it. The plane was very new and clean (including toilets throughout the flight), flight attendents and food excellent. The flight left on time and arrived in Melbourne about 10 minutes early. Although the layout is 2-2-2, the lie-flat beds are comfortable and Air India provided a warm blanket, pyjamas and a nice amenity set. The only slight drawback was the check-in procedure (that was not flight-specific but for all AI flights) and that took about 1 hour and 15 minutes of waiting to get four lines of passengers checked in before me, although these were the ‘drop-bag’ check-in counters. Either Air India has upped its game or I was very lucky to have had two excellent flight experiences.

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