Hand luggage

You will soon be flying to one of our destinations and taking hand luggage on board. We make every effort to make this a smooth process for everyone. You can help us out with this.

How much hand luggage can you take with you?

You may take 1 piece of hand luggage per person of a maximum of 10 kg and a specific format.

What if my hand luggage fails to meet the guidelines?
We check the weight and size of your hand luggage, as well as the number of items (max. 1 per passenger), at the check-in desk or at the gate. If your hand luggage fails to meet the guidelines, it will be transported as hold luggage, for which you will have to pay a fee. The fee at the gate is €40 per bag.

Am I always allowed to take my hand luggage with me on board?
On busy flights, there may be too little space in the cabin for all hand luggage. In this case, we will transport some of the hand luggage as hold luggage. Hand luggage that fits under the seat in front of you may always be taken on board. See the exact dimensions of hand luggage here:

Guaranteed to be allowed on board

Max. 45 x 40 x 25 cm

This piece of hand luggage will get a green label. Stow this piece of hand luggage under the seat in front of you.




Not guaranteed to be allowed on board

Max. 55 x 40 x 25 cm

This piece of hand luggage will get a red label. Stow this piece of hand luggage in the overhead luggage compartments. Please keep in mind that in case overhead compartments are full, your luggage could be transported in hold.


Please note:
We check the weight and size of your hand luggage, as well as the number of items (max. 1 per passenger), at the check-in desk and at the gate. If your hand luggage fails to meet the guidelines, you will need to buy an extra allowance to check your hand luggage in hold. At the gate you have to pay a fee of €40 per piece. You can only pay with a credit or debit card. Carefully check our hand luggage guidelines on this page.

What are the rules for travelling with liquids?

Your hand luggage must comply with EU safety regulations. This means that all liquids must be removed from your bags during hand luggage screening and must be in containers of no more than 100 ml per item.

Liquids must always be removed from your bags during hand luggage screening and kept in containers of no more than 100 ml per item. Place all items in a single transparent resealable plastic bag of up to 1 litre in size. You may take one plastic bag per person. Make sure you have this bag within easy reach in order to pass through security more quickly.

Exceptions
There is no limit to the amount of the following items you may take with you. These items do not need to be placed in a transparent plastic bag, but must be presented separately during hand luggage screening:

  • Baby food
  • Medication
  • Cooling elements for transporting medication

What are you not allowed to take with you as hand luggage?

The following items may not be taken with you in your hand luggage:

  • Firearms
  • Pointed or sharp weapons or objects with sharp edges, such as a nail file, nail scissors or razor blade
  • Blunt objects, such as a baseball bat or golf club 
  • Explosive or flammable substances, such as a lighter.
    • Cigarette lighters may not be transported in hand or hold luggage, but can be carried on the passenger’s person (in a trouser pocket, for example).
  • Chemical or toxic substances

Can I take electronic devices on board and use them during the flight?

You can take small electronic devices in your hand luggage and use them throughout the flight. If the devices can send and transmit, however, they must be switched to the flight mode. Examples of permitted devices are smartphones, mobile phones (except those without a flight mode, which must be switched off for the duration of the flight), tablets, cameras, small portable game computers and e-readers.
Larger devices like laptops must be switched off during take-off and landing (and when the fasten seat belt sign is on).
Some devices may never be used on board, such as electronic cigarettes, personal air purifiers, toys with a remote control, televisions, transmitters, VHF scanners/receivers and devices with a mobile network.

Hand luggage tips

  • Measure and weigh your hand luggage before leaving for the airport. This way, you will not have any unpleasant surprises when checking in or at the gate.
  • You can take 1 piece of hand luggage of up to 10 kg with you on board.
  • A purse, laptop bag or camera bag also counts as 1 piece of hand luggage. Combine these before you arrive at the airport, so you are only travelling with 1 piece of hand luggage and do not have to reorganise anything.
  • Place valuables such as travel documents, electronics and/or medicines in a separate bag. On busy flights, some hand luggage may be transported as hold luggage. If your hand luggage ends up being transported as hold luggage, you can easily remove these items and keep them with you during the flight.
  • Are you travelling with a baby or a child? Read more about luggage allowances for babies and children.
  • Travel more comfortably by taking only a small piece of hand luggage (max. 40 x 30 x 20 cm) with you on board. At Schiphol, you will be able to use the ‘Small Bags Only’ line at security. Read more below.
  • A smaller bag makes it easier to board and disembark.

Video: hand luggage and Transavia