Q. What hand luggage can I take on my flight?

Hand baggage restrictions vary by carrier and flight. Please ensure that you check the weight limit and the maximum dimensions on your airline’s website. Failure to adhere to their allowances may result in your hand baggage being transferred to the aircraft hold (in which case additional charges may apply).

If you are travelling with children, hand luggage restrictions may vary from the standard allowance, so we recommend that you check with the airline.

Airlines must adhere to government issued regulations. If you need to carry specific items in your hand luggage, visit the Gov.UK website: gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions for the most up to date information and advice.

Below is a summary of hand baggage restrictions, please note that all information is subject to change and P&O Cruises (Cunard for the Cunard website) has no control over such restrictions:



Wherever possible you should pack liquids in your hold luggage as containers taken in hand luggage must not hold more than 100ml. Liquids include (and are not limited to) all drinks, some foods, pastes, make-up, medicines and a variety of other solutions.  


Baby Food

You are permitted to take enough baby food, baby milk and sterilised water in your hand luggage required for your trip. Specific allowances vary by airline and we recommend you check with them before you travel.

Insulin, Pen Injection Device or Needles and Medication

If you need to carry insulin, needles or a pen injection device on board the aircraft, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 03453 555 111 (local call charges apply.).

Please note:

  • Insulin should be carried as hand luggage and not in the aircraft hold where it may become frozen
  • Insulin and all other medicines should be identifiable, preferably in its original packing

You should carry a prescription or a supporting written statement from your doctor to avoid problems with security or customs.

Most airlines are able to provide a sharps box on board for disposal of needles, lancets, syringes or empty insulin cartridges. Should you require a sharps box, please ask the cabin crew and they will provide one for you. 

There are no conventional fridges on board the aircraft. Should you need to take medication which needs to be stored in a cool place, we would recommend you bring a cool bag with you. Airlines may be able to provide additional ice on board. 

You may also find the following question helpful, Can I take medications on board or into foreign countries?


Electronic devices

The UK government has advised that guests must ensure that any electronic devices taken on board a flight in hand luggage are fully charged before embarking the aircraft. If you are unable to demonstrate that your phone or other electronic device can be switched on, you risk having the device confiscated at the airport which could also result in you missing your flight. You are also advised to switch on your electronic devices before you reach the security check areas to cut down on potential delays.



Charter Flights

All of our charter flights restrict hand baggage to 1 piece per person. If you wish to take a laptop, this must fit inside your hand baggage and will form part of your hand baggage allowance.

 Scheduled Flights

Restrictions around carrying laptops in hand baggage on scheduled flights varies by airline. Visit your airline’s website for further information.


Suit Carriers

Suit carriers cannot be carried as hand baggage on any charter flight.  Restrictions on scheduled flights vary, so check directly with your airline.


You are permitted to take a pushchair on your flight. They are classed as "free baggage" and can be taken in addition to your baggage allowance. The pushchair will be taken from you at the gate and stored in the aircraft hold. After you land, the pushchair will be either be returned with your luggage or taken out of the hold and returned to you on the tarmac. If you are travelling on one of our charter flights where your baggage is taken directly from the aircraft to the ship, then you will either be able to collect the pushchair from the tarmac, or it will be taken to the ship with your hold luggage. For clarification we recommend you discuss this with check-in staff when you check-in for your flight. 



Sky Cots and Bassinets

Sky cots and bassinets are unavailable on our charter flights. All infants are allocated their own seat, but for most carriers, they must be sat on their parent’s lap for takeoff and landing.

For scheduled flights please refer to the airline’s individual website for information on Sky Cots and Bassinets.  


You may find the following question useful:  What is the baggage allowance on my flight?


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