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Cabin Baggage 


For your safety and comfort in flight and during boarding, the amount, the size and the weight of your cabin baggage are limited to the followings:



Allowance for Business class passenger:

Each passenger is allowed to carry TWO pieces of cabin baggage, which must not exceed 45 inches ( 22" x 14" x 9" or 56cm x 36cm x 23cm) in size and 7kg/15Ibs in weight for each cabin baggage


Allowance for Economy class passenger:

Each passenger is allowed to carry ONE piece of cabin baggage, which must not exceed 45 inches ( 22" x 14" x 9" or 56cm x 36cm x 23cm) in size and 7kg/15Ibs in weight.


Please note Duty-free items are included in your cabin baggage allowance. Any items exceeding the cabin baggage allowance must be checked in as normal baggage.


In addition to the checked and unchecked baggage allowance, passengers are entitled to bring 1 more small item aboard the aircraft in addition to their cabin luggage. These items include:


  1. -   Small handbags

  2. -   Laptop bags

  3. -   Small backpacks

  4. -   Camera bags

  5. -   Briefcases


At the boarding gate, all the excessive or bulky hand baggage, exceeding the limitations, will be intercepted and stowed in the aircraft hold. The excessive carry-on baggage will be subjected to a charge of HKD500 per piece (regardless of whether the check-in baggage allowance is used or not). 


Please proceed to boarding gate at least 30 minutes before departure time in order to allow ample time to make arrangement for your excessive hand baggage. To maintain on time departure, Hong Kong Airlines reserves the right to refuse acceptance of late show passengers. Thank you very much for your cooperation.


The restriction on carrying Liquid, Aerosols and Gels items is the same for all normal journey. However, passengers are reminded that they are not allowed to board the plane if they are carrying any forms of liquid, aerosols or gels over 100ml per bottle and 1,000 ml in total (including Duty Free products regardless of sealed or not). Airport Security Officials will conduct a secondary security check on all passengers’ cabin baggage before boarding. All these prohibited items must be disposed immediately before boarding.


For Australian bound passengers without any connecting flight, they can purchased liquidm aerosols and gels items through inflight dutyfree sales of their last flying sector.



Awareness towards the Carriage of Dangerous Goods


Dangerous Goods (DG) are articles and substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment. Their carriage is strictly controlled by international dangerous goods regulations which specify the conditions under which dangerous goods can be transported without risking the safety of people and property.


These regulations prohibit the carriage of dangerous goods in passenger baggage. However, certain items may be carried in hand or checked baggage provided they are limited in quantity and for personal use only.


Many types of dangerous goods may be carried as cargo provided the applicable conditions for their carriage have been met according to the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations in terms of classification, limitations, packing, and declaration.


The transport of dangerous goods by air within Hong Kong is governed by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. These rules apply to all passengers, crew members and airline staff. It is against the law to carry or accept dangerous good for air travel without fully complying with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.


Definition of Dangerous Goods

According to the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, "Dangerous goods are articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment and which are shown in the list of dangerous goods in these Regulations or which are classified according to these Regulations"


Hazard Classes

Dangerous goods are divided into nine classes (in addition to several subcategories) on the basis of the specific chemical characteristics producing the risk. Some hazard classes are further subdivided into hazard division due to the wide scope of the class. Items labeled and accepted as dangerous goods cannot travel as checked or carry-on baggage except otherwise allowed in accordance with CSM (Common Safety Method) or DGR (Dangerous Goods Regulations). The nine hazard classes and their divisions are listed below,





Division 1.1 - Articles and substances having a mass explosion hazard

Division 1.2- Articles and substances having a projection hazard but not a mass explosion hazard

Division 1.3 - Articles and substances having a fire hazard, a minor blast hazard and/or a minor projection hazard but a mass explosion hazard

Division 1.4 - Articles and substances presenting no significant hazard

Division 1.5 - Very insensitive substances having a mass explosion hazard

Division 1.6 - Extremely insensitive articles which do not have a mass explosion hazard

Munitions, fireworks, flares,TNT, dynamite or torpedoes





Division 2.1 - Flammable gas

Division 2.2 - Non-flammable, non-toxic gas

Division 2.3 - Toxic gas

Division 2.1 - Butane, propane, acetylene and lighters

Division 2.2 - Fire extinguishers, liquefied nitrogen or helium

Division 2.3 - Most toxic gases are forbidden for carriage by air





This class has no sub-division

Lighter fuels, thinners, paints, alcohol, acetone and petrol





Division 4.1 - Flammable solids, self-reactive substances and solid desensitized explosives

Division 4.2 - Substances liable to spontaneous combustion

Division 4.3 - Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases

Division 4.1 -Celluloid, matches or sulphur

Division 4.2 - Phosphorus

Division 4.3 - Calcium carbide and sodium





Division 5.1 - Oxidizer

Division 5.2 - Organic peroxides

Division 5.1 - Calcium chlorate, ammonium nitrate fertilizer and bleaches

Division 5.2 - Hydrogen peroxide





Division 6.1 - Toxic substances

Division 6.2 - Infectious substances

Division 6.1 - Arsenic, nicotine, cyanide, pesticides and strychnine

Division 6.2 - Bacteria, virus, biological products, and medical waste





This class has no sub-division

Instrument containing radioactive source radioisotopes for research





This class has no sub-division

Mercury contained in thermometers, acids, alkalis and wet-cell batteries





This class has no sub-division

Articles and substances, which during air transport, present a danger not covered by other classes


Carbon dioxide, solid (dry ice)

Life saving appliances

Engine, internal combustion



Dangerous Goods Notice


Typical examples of items that may contain or indicate the presence of dangerous goods are:


 Type of Baggage

Possible Contents

Breathing apparatus

Compressed air or oxygen

Camping equipment

Flammable gases, liquids or solids


Compressed or liquefied gases

Dental Apparatus

Flammable resins or solvents, compressed or liquefied gas, mercury and radioactive materials

Diving Equipment

Compressed air or a special gas mixture. Emptied cylinders are acceptable. Diving lamps may contain rechargeable lead acid batteries and generate extremely high heat when operated in air. In order to be carried safely, the bulb or battery must be discounted

Household Cleanser

Stain removers and detergents may contain ammonia

Photographic Equipment

May contain Hazardous Chemicals

Frozen Food

May be packed in dry ice

Electrical Equipment

Magnetized materials or mercury in switch gear and electron tubes or wet batteries in uninterrupted power supplies

Electrically Powered

Apparatus (wheelchairs)

May contain wet cell or lithium batteries

Expeditionary Equipment

Explosives (flares), flammable liquids (gasoline), flammable gas (camping gas)

Film Crew or Media


Explosive pyrotechnic devices, generators incorporating internal combustion engines, wet cell batteries

Fuels, Fuel Control Unit

Flammable liquids, flammable solids or flammable gases

Household Goods

Flammable liquids such as solvent based paint, bleach, drain cleaners, etc


Barometers, mercury switches, etc. containing mercury

Photographic Supplies

Flammable liquids, flammable solids, oxidizers, organic peroxides, toxic or corrosive substances


Notice of Carriage of SPARE Lithium Batteries and Portable Battery Charger 

NO Spare Lithium Batteries and Portable Battery Chargers in Check-in Baggage; ONLY allowable in Carry-

on Baggage




Spare Lithium Batteries in carry-on baggage

Lithium Batteries Installed in Equipments in carry-on baggage

≤ 100 Watt-hour

20 pieces per passenger

10 pieces in total per passenger *

>100 to ≤ 160 Watt-hour

2 pieces per passenger

>160 Watt-hour  

Not Allowed

Not Allowed



the maximum number of equipment/electronic devices containing lithium batteries (each within 160Wh or 2g) for carriage in check-in baggage is 10 pieces per passenger, and up to 10 pieces in bag. For example:


- 10 pieces per passenger in total (e.g. one passenger checks in two bags)


- 10 pieces maximum in one bag (e.g. two passengers check in one bag only)


** Please contact our Airport Services Staff if you have any enquiry

ave any enquiry

Do not carry restricted items in Hong Kong

According to the Laws of Hong Kong, it is illegal for the residents of Hong Kong, visitors or transit passengers going through Hong Kong International Airport, to carry the following items within the territory of Hong Kong, irrespective of whether these items are stored in the hand-carried luggage or hold luggage: 



Ban on Power Motorized Scooters   (or named as airwheel, solowheel, hoverboard, mini-segway, other balance wheel) .

Due to the possibility of fire risk, Hong Kong Airlines has imposed a total ban on transporting such devices (Power Motorized Scooters or named as airwheel, solowheel, hoverboard, mini-segway, other balance wheel and related accessories) as checked-in baggage and hand carry baggage on all Hong Kong Airlines flights. The above handling will apply to interline transit passengers who bring small vehicles running on lithium ion batteries with connection on HX.


According to baggage rules, Hong Kong Airlines passengers are not allowed to bring small vehicles running on lithium ion batteries onto the aircraft. If these items are brought to the airport, item will be rejected at check-in and it will be the passenger's responsibility to arrange disposal of such banned items prior to boarding. As the items have a flammable risk, Hong Kong Airlines will not store these items.


Please note:

Effective 7th December, 2015, small vehicles powered by lithium ion batteries are forbidden in passenger checked and cabin baggage.


Important Notice: Policy on portable electronic devices in checked baggage

If you are travelling together with your portable electronic devices in your checked baggage, passengers have to ensure that the below safety measures are taken place.

(1) Completed switched off



(2) To ensure the PEDs will not be accidentally powered on and induce explosive danger, passengers shall use soft materials (e.g. clothes) to wrap up the PEDs before checking in.




According to the Hong Kong Law, Hong Kong Residents, visitors or passengers transit via Hong Kong International Airport are not required to own or possess the below illegal items within Hong Kong territory, no matter containing in cabin or checked baggage. Offenders are liable upon conviction to a fine of HK$100,000, and imprisonment for 14 years. For further information please refer to the Hong Kong Police department website ( ).


Firearms and Ammunition

Prohibited Weapons

According to Cap 217 Weapons Ordinance , prohibited weapon included:

  • ·         Chinese-style throwing dart

  • ·         Gravity knife

  • ·         Gravity-operated steel baton

  • ·         Knuckleduster whether spiked or not and with or without blade

  • ·         Chinese-style fighting iron

  • ·         Spring-loaded steel baton

  • ·         Any knife the blade of which is exposed by a spring or other mechanical or electric device

  • ·         Any bladed or pointed weapon designed to be used in a fashion whereby the handle is held in a clenched fist and the blade or point protrudes between the fingers of the fist



Cabin Baggage Restrictions on Liquids, Aerosols &Gels


Various countries have implemented restrictions on the carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels in compliance with the new guidelines laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) .


The restrictions are as follows:



  1. 1.     All liquids, gels, aerosols in cabin baggage have to be carried in containers with a capacity not greater than 100ml. Liquids, gels, aerosols carried in containers larger than 100ml are not to be accepted, even if the container is only partially-filled;

  2. 2.     Containers have to be placed in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag of a maximum capacity not exceeding one litre. The containers must fit comfortably within the transparent plastic bag, which should be completely sealed;

  3. 3.     The plastic bag has to be presented separately from other cabin baggage for visual examination at the screening point. Only one transparent plastic bag per passenger is permitted.


Examples of LAGs include:

  • ·           Drinks, including water and juices

  • ·           Soups and sauces

  • ·           Perfumes and deodorants (liquid or liquid-solid mixture)

  • ·           Creams, balms, lotions and oil

  • ·           Cosmetics such as mascara and lip gloss

  • ·           Pastes, including toothpaste

  • ·           Pressurized foams and sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants

  • ·           Gels, including hair and shower gels

  • ·           Contact lens solution

  • ·           Any other items of similar consistency


Exemption from the above restrictions on LAGs will apply to:

  1. 1.     Medications in quantities reasonably sufficient for the flight's duration. Doctors' prescription is not mandatory but passengers are encouraged to provide for expedient screening.

  2. 2.     Baby food (e.g. milk, juice, sterilized water) in quantities reasonably sufficient for the flight's duration and when a baby or child is travelling along with the passenger.

  3. 3.     Special dietary items without which the passenger's health will be threatened. Such items should also be in quantities reasonably sufficient for the flight's duration.

  4. 4.     Flight crew in uniform and on duty on the day(s) of journey.

  5. 5.     Tools of trade for airport staff (e.g. detergent used by cleaners) entering the sterile area and on board aircraft.

  6. 6.     LAGs items in quantities more than 100ml, such as liquor and perfumes, purchased at Hong Kong International Airport or at other airports, shall be placed in sealed tamper-evident bags, with the receipt clearly displayed in the sealed bags.



Safety regulations regarding passengers carrying liquid, aerosols and gels on Australian flights


The restrictions on travel with liquids are the same as regular travel.

However, please be aware that there is a secondary security screening of your liquid items at the gate of Hong Kong International airport for all passengers departing for Australia. This is to ensure that no excessive liquid, gas or aerosol items (over 100ml per bottle and 1,000ml in total) are carried on board. All excessive items / quantity of liquid must be disposed immediately before boarding.

Passengers arriving in Australia without further connecting flights can purchase duty free liquid items in-flight on the last sector of their journey.                             



The following countries/cities have imposed the above restrictions on departing flights.



Details and Website


General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (in Simplified Chinese only)

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department


Japan's Civil Aviation Bureau


(refer to above restrictions)

The Philippines

All liquid, aerosols and gels are banned from cabin baggage.
These items are to be placed in the checked baggage and shall be confiscated if found at the final screening point.


(refer to above restrictions)



For flights operated by our partner

When travelling on a flight operated by our partner, the operating carrier's baggage policy applies. For details, please visit the operating carrier's website.



Security Notice to Passengers Boarding Aircraft


Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department

Passengers are prohibited from carrying the following items aboard aircraft: 

Knife and knife-like object of any length and description; or bladed items, including but not limited to household cutlery, cutters, scissors or razor blades.


For full details of all restricted items, please visit the website of Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department.


General Administration of Civil Aviation of China

From 7 April 2008 onwards, passengers travelling from any destinations in mainland China are prohibited from carrying cigarette lighters and matches aboard civil aircraft. 


For details of the announcement (in Simplified Chinese only), please visit the website of General Administration of Civil Aviation of China .