Hand luggage 101

December 19, 2018

Unsure of what you can and can’t take aboard the plane with you in your hand luggage? Here’s all you need to know:

Size and weight matters

Each passenger is allowed one handbag or slimline laptop bag, plus a single piece of luggage that does not weigh more than 7kg and whose dimensions do not exceed 36cm x 23cm x 56cm.

Guests with infants travelling on their laps may also take aboard an additional small bag to cater for the in-flight needs of the little one. This item may not exceed the hand luggage specifications outlined above, however.

If your carry-on baggage exceeds either the weight or the size limit, you will be requested to check your bag in to the hold.

Although you are only allowed two pieces of hand luggage, there is no limit to the number of of bags you can check in to the hold, as long as the total weight of your bags does not exceed 20kg (excluding your hand luggage).

Don’t bring these aboard!

The rule of thumb is that anything that can be used as a weapon, or that even appears to be one, should not be put in your hand luggage. This includes toy guns, weapons, pepper spray, cutlery, pocket knives, scissors, syringes, blades, nail clippers or any sharp metallic objects.

Although you can store most of the above objects in your check-in luggage, items such as firearms or shooting equipment will never be allowed on a Mango flight, regardless of how they are packaged.


Whether it’s a bottle of wine or a bottle of shampoo you want to bring on the flight, Mango allows the transportation of non-hazardous liquids in both the cabin and the hold. As long as the item fits in with your luggage allocation, you are welcome to bring it on board.

If you are planning to transport a large or fragile liquid product, be sure to package it correctly (in a carton, for example), mark it as fragile and check it in to the hold as special care baggage.

What to do with sports gear and musical instruments

Hoping to bring your surfboard or guitar on to the plane as hand luggage? Due to their size, recreational items such as surfboards, large instruments, and golf and fishing equipment would need to be checked in as special care baggage.

Any object that does not fit into the overhead compartments and exceeds hand luggage restrictions needs to go into the hold. We understand that some objects are fragile or valuable, so you can rest assured that recreational equipment checked in as special care baggage will be handled with extra care.

Keep in mind that special care baggage makes up part of your baggage allowance of 20kg; anything more and you will need to buy extra weight by the kilogram. You can do this online or at the airport.

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