Hand (Cabin) Baggage: Dimensions of baggage for the Air India shall not exceed 55-40-20 cms. There is also a weight limit of 8 kgs for hand baggage. Children are also permitted to have same baggage allowance as adults. You are also allowed to take a blanket, wrap or overcoat, blanket or rug, camera or binoculars, infants feed and feeding bottle, collapsible wheelchair, walking stick, umbrella, medicines and laptop.
There is also a restriction on volume on carrying certain types of liquids. This limit is of 100 ml. Exceptions to this limit are of medicines, inhalers accompanied by prescriptions and baby food.
Sikhs are allowed to carry kirpan of total length not exceeding 9 inches and blade not exceeding 6 inches in cabin. This is permissible only on domestic flights and not on international flights If the length exceeds this value, it is best carried as registered baggage.
Hand baggage is not allowed in flights from Jammu and Kashmir.
Infants are not entitled to cabin luggage allowance either on domestic or on international flights.
Checked Baggage: Air India also offers free checked baggage allowance which is related to the sector and class of cabin in which you are traveling. Here is a brief synopsis of checked baggage allowance:
For domestic flights (within India), baggage more than 45 inches or 115 cms in dimensions is necessarily treated as checked in baggage. Weight limits are also prescribed in baggage as per class of travel: First Class (40kgs), Executive Class (35 kgs), Economy Class (25kgs). Another important point to remember is that there is a limitation of weight of 32kgs for single piece of baggage. So, if First Class travelers allowed 40 kgs, it shall be divided into two bags of 32 kgs and 8 kgs.
Infants are allowed 10 kg check-in baggage allowance on domestic flights economy class travel. The allowance is 25 for adults and children.
Infants are allowed 10 kg check in allowance for international flights.
a) For all flights originating from Australia to India, Executive Class is allowed 40 kgs and Economy Class 30 kgs of free baggage on both one way and return journeys.
b) From Australia to other SAARC nations, Economy Class is allowed 30 kgs of free allowance on one-way and return tickets and executive class is allowed 40 kgs.
c) From India to Australia, Executive and Economy classes are allowed 40 kgs of free allowance on one way journeys while on return journey, the Executive class travelers are allowed 40 kgs and Economy class ones 30 kgs.
d) Flights originating from Australia for Europe via Delhi, will be allowed 40 and 30 kgs respectively for executive and economy class.
e) From Australia to Middle East, one way and return allowance is 40 kgs each for executive class and is 30 kgs for economy travellers.
a) Flights from India to Europe are allowed 2 pcs of 23 kgs each for one-way and return journeys for executive class and 1 pcs of 23 kgs each for one-way and return journeys for economy class travellers.
b) From Europe to all destinations in India, 2 pcs of 23 kgs each are allowed for one-way and return ticket both for executive and economy class travellers.
From Europe to Singapore, Bangkok, Kabul, Dhaka, Male, Tokyo, Shanghai, Osaka, Hong Kong and Seoul, the allowance is 1 pcs of 23 kgs for one-way and return tickets of economy class and 2 pcs of 23 kgs each one way and return tickets for executive class.
From Europe to Kathmandu, Sydney, Melbourne and Colombo, the allowance is 1 pcs of 30 kgs for economy class one way and return trip and 2 pcs of 23 kgs each for executive class one way and return travel.
For Far-East and South East Asia:
a) From India to Far East or South-East Asia except Japan, there is a provision for free baggage of 40, 30 and 20 kgs on First, Executive and Economy class respectively.
b) India-Bangkok flights have allowance of 30 kgs and 20 kgs for Executive and Economy class.
c) For AI flights originating from Bangkok and to India, UK, Europe, Middle East and Kathmandu, the baggage allowance is 40 and 30 kgs respectively for Executive and Economy class of travel. Bangkok to USA flights have baggage allowance of 2 pcs with each piece of 32 and 23 kgs respectively for Executive and economy travelers.
d) For return journeys from Shanghai to India, First Class, Executive and Economy Class of travel will have allowance of 40, 30 and 20 kgs respectively.
e) Return flights from Hong Kong have allowance of 50, 40 and 30 kgs from First, Executive and Economy respectively.
f) Seoul-India flights have 40, 30 and 20 kgs as allowance.
g) Singapore to India flights via Mumbai, Delhi or Chennai will have free allowance of 40 and 30 kgs for Executive and Economy fliers. Similarly, Singapore to Dubai, Kathmandu and London will also have same allowance.
h) India to Singapore flights have free baggage allowance of 40 and 30 kgs for Executive and Economy class.
i) Singapore to USA (Chicago, New York and Newark) are allowed 2 pcs of 32 kg each in executive (each piece of 158 cm total dimensions) and 2 pcs of 23 kgs each in economy class (each piece of 158 cm and two of 273 cm). Total weight of each bag shall not be more than 32 kgs and 23 kgs respectively for executive and economy class passengers.
For Gulf and Middle East:
a) There is a provision for free checked in baggage allowance of 40 and 30 kgs respectively for Executive and Economy Class of travel on these sectors: India-Dammam, Dammam-India, Bahrain-India, India-Bahrain, Kuwait-India, India-Kuwait, Dubai-India, India-Dubai, Sharjah-India, India-Sharjah, Muscat-India, India-Muscat, Abu dhabi-India, India-Abu Dhabi.
For Riyadh-India and Jeddah-India, free checked in baggage allowance is 60, 50 and 40 kgs for First Class, Executive and Economy class respectively whereas for return journeys on these sectors, the free baggage allowance is 50, 40 and 30 kgs respectively for the three classes of travel.
For one way travel between Delhi and Tokyo/Osaka, First and Executive Class travelers are allowed 2 pcs of 32 kgs each (not exceeding 32 kgs per piece and 158 cms in dimensions) and Economy class is allowed 2 pcs of 23 kgs each (not exceeding 23 kgs per piece and 158 cms in dimension for one and 272 cms for both). In all classes, infants allowed checked in luggage allowance of 1 pcs of 10 kgs, not exceeding 115 cms in dimensions.
For South Asia Subcontinent:
India to Colombo, Yangon, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Kabul and Male, the Executive and Economy classes can have free baggage allowance of 30 and 20 kgs respectively.
For UK to India flights, 3 baggage pcs of 23 kgs each are allowed for Executive and First class travelers with dimensions not exceeding 158 cm for each piece and weight not exceeding 23 kgs per piece. Economy class travelers are allowed 2 pcs of 23 kg each.
Flights from India to UK will have free baggage allowance of 3 pcs of 23 kgs each for First and Executive class and 2 pcs of 23 kgs for Economy class of travel.
Flights from UK to destinations beyond India (via India), all three classes of travel are allowed to carry 50 kgs irrespective of the number of pcs so long as every pcs of bag is less than 23kgs.
For US and Canada:
The First Class and Executive Class are allowed 2 pcs of 32 kgs each, with each baggage not exceeding 158 cm and 32 kg weight. Economy Class travelers are allowed 2 pcs of 23 kgs each , dimensions not exceeding 62 inches for one piece and 107 inches for both. Weight each package shall not exceed 23 kgs. Infants are allowed on 1 pc of 10 kg, not exceeding 115 cms in dimensions.
For Rest of the World:
It is noteworthy that Air India has different checked baggage rules for variou regions/countries it flies to. These rules are specifically mentioned above. However, for rest of the world, there is a uniform checked baggage allowance rule which informs you of how much you can carry free of charges for other countries of the world. These are:
Total of dimensions shall not exceed 158 cms and maximum weight that is allowed is 32 kgs for 1 bag.
For domestic flights on Air India over and above free baggage allowance, excess baggage rate of Rs 250 per kg. Service tax is levied at 4.94% except from airports in North East and Bagdogra in West Bengal which are exempt from this tax.
For international travel except in USA and Canada, the excess baggage is charged on weight system. These are 1.5% of highest direct one way economy fare.
For travelling between India and USA/Canada, excess baggage per piece more than 23 kg and up to 32 kg is USD 100. If you carry more than 2 pc of luggage of up to 32 kgs, then charges are USD 200 per additional piece. In cases of oversized baggage (including TV), the fee between India and USA is given below:
a) If part of Free Baggage allowance and under 62 inches (L+B+H), then No Extra Charges.
However, if its dimensions are above 62 inches (L+B+H) but less than 80 inches then USD 200 is charged.
If part of free baggage and more than 80 inches, USD 600 is charged.
b) If this is an additional piece and under 62 inches dimension, fee is USD 200.
If additional piece more than 62 inches of overall dimensions but less than 80 inches, fee is USD 400.
If size is more than 80 inches, then fee is USD 600.
c) The oversized baggage fee to/from Manitoba/Saskatchewan/Ontario is CAD 185 per piece.
d) To/from Northern Territory/Yukon/Alberta and British Columbia is CAD 196 per piece.
e) To/from points other destinations, the fee is CAD 173 per piece.
For excess baggage for UK-India one way and return flights, if weight is more than 23 kg up to 30 kg, then GBP 35 piece are charged. More than 30 kg of baggage is not accepted. The First, Executive and Economy Class travelers fee for one additional baggage is GBP 35 and GBP 50 respectively from UK to Delhi/Mumbai and from UK to rest of India. The second additional baggage is charged at GBP 90 and 105 respectively from them. Oversized baggage is charged at GBP 105 for all classes of travel.
Excess Baggage charges for travel from Paris to Delhi/Chennai/Kathmandu/Bangkok are 42/45/51/53 Euros per kg.
From Frankfurt flights, there is excess baggage charge levied flat on per piece basis if the item being carried is not normal baggage. This includes TVs, cycles, Golf bags, etc. Frankfurt-India flights charge EUR 100 per piece and Frankfurt-International flights charge EURO 150 per piece.
For India-Tokyo/Osaka, every extra piece over and above free baggage allowance is charged at USD 150 per pc. In case of overweight baggage, 23-32 kg, the fee is USD 60 and for 32-45 kg, fee is USD 450. In case of oversized baggage of more than given linear dimensions, USD 150 per piece is levied as the charge.
For Australia to India flights, AUD 33 per kg is charged on one way flights either way.
For Singapore to India flights, SGD 16 per kg is charged for Delhi/Mumbai/Chennai flights and SGD 21 per kg is charged for other destinations in India.
For India and gulf/Middle East region except Riyadh/Jeddah, the first 10 kg is charged at USD 40. For more than 10 kg excess baggage, 1.5% of highest one way direct economy class fare per kg is levied. From India to Riyadh/Jeddah, excess baggage fee is charged at 1.5% of highest normal direct one way economy class fare per kg. From Riyadh/Jeddah to India, charges are SAR 30 per kg.
Only 1 Golf Kit including a 1 golf bag and a pair of shoes can be a part of free baggage. If not included in free baggage, this will be chargeable for 6 kilos of excess baggage. However, if it is in excess of 15 kg, charges will be as per excess baggage described above.
1 Skiing kit including 1 pair each of skis and boots or 1 snowboard and a pair of boots and water skis can be pooled as free baggage allowance. If not a part of free baggage, these are charged at 3 kg of excess baggage. If additional kit is to be taken, normal excess rate of baggage is levied.
1 Angling kit can be a part of free baggage. However, if not a part of it, it is to charged for 4 kg of excess baggage. If weight is more than 15 kg, the excess baggage rates will apply.
For carrying sporting equipment to USA/Canada, this can be a part of free baggage and excess will be charged 50% or 33% respectively for golfing/surf boarding and snow/water skiing equipment respectively.
Musical instruments are not allowed as cabin baggage. These can be a part of free baggage, but if not a part of it, then excess baggage charges will apply.
For LED/LCD TVs, the carrier now allows a max TV size of 42 inches screen size free of charge provided it is within the permissible allowance. Any TV of bigger dimension would have to be sent through cargo.