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Check in baggage

You’ll find our weight limits for checked in luggage below.

Bear in mind that we’ll carry most sports equipment in addition to these allowances for no extra charge, provided it weighs less than 23kg. There are a few extra considerations with specific sporting items though - so before you come to baggage check in, please check our sports equipment pages to ensure your equipment qualifies.

In addition, Gold members of Flying Club can check in an extra piece of luggage on all Virgin Atlantic operated flights for no extra charge (weighing up to 23kg). It doesn’t matter which cabin you’re flying - Gold is Gold!

If you’d like to check in extra baggage beyond the limits outlined here, you can - but you’ll need to pay an extra baggage fee. You’ll find details on the additional baggage page.

If you've booked a journey with Virgin Atlantic which includes Virgin Atlantic mixed class or a trip on another airline, each class or airlines baggage allowance will apply for each of the individual sectors.

Please note luggage cannot be combined; if flying with more than one person, you will be charged with an extra baggage cost. Each luggage (up to 23kg) per person is free of charge.

 

Little Red (UK domestic)

Number of bags: One
Routes applicable: All Virgin Atlantic domestic routes operated by Aer Lingus
Weight per bag: Up to 23kg (50 lb) each
Dimensions per bag: Up to 90 x 75 x 43cm / 35.5 x 29.5 x 16ins
Exceptions:
Little Red (UK domestic)

Economy

Number of bags: One
Routes applicable: All Virgin Atlantic routes.
Weight per bag: Up to 23kg (50 lb) each
Dimensions per bag: Up to 90 x 75 x 43cm / 35.5 x 29.5 x 16ins
Exceptions: On flights between the UK and India, the US & Canada and India, the US and South Africa and the UK/US and Lagos the allowance is two bags.
Economy

Premium Economy

Number of bags: Two
Routes applicable: All Virgin Atlantic routes
Weight per bag: Up to 23kg (50 lb) each
Dimensions per bag: Up to 90 x 75 x 43cm / 35.5 x 29.5 x 16ins
Exceptions: On flights between the UK/US and India, and between the US & Canada and India the allowance is three bags.
Premium Economy

Upper Class

Number of bags: Three
Routes applicable: All Virgin Atlantic routes
Weight per bag: Up to 32kg (70 lb) each
Dimensions per bag: Up to 90 x 75 x 43cm / 35.5 x 29.5 x 16ins
Exceptions: None
Upper Class

Infants’ allowance

Number of bags: One, plus pushchair and car seat (see below for details)
Routes applicable: All Virgin Atlantic routes
Weight per bag: Up to 23kg (50 lb) each
Dimensions per bag: Up to 90 x 75 x 43cm / 35.5 x 29.5 x 16ins.
Infants’ allowance

Passengers travelling with infants or children can bring a fully collapsible pushchair and car seat, in addition to their free check in luggage allowance.

Infants too young for their own seat on the aircraft (travelling on the lap of a parent or carer) can have one piece of hold baggage weighing up to 23kg, and one piece of hand baggage weighing up to 6kg. We’re afraid we can’t allow extra baggage allowance to be purchased for infants.

Additional items you can take with you

To help with baggage conundrums, we’ve compiled the following list to clarify the bits and bobs you can take onboard in addition to the allowances above:

Your handbag, pocketbook or purse, as you would normally use it (in other words, not just being used to contain items that would otherwise be regarded as baggage).

  • Your overcoat or wrap.
  • Your umbrella or walking stick (these cannot be pointed or sharp).
  • A small camera and/or pair of binoculars.
  • A reasonable amount of reading matter for the flight.
  • An infant’s food (for consumption on the flight).
  • A small amount of duty free goods.
  • Headphones for onboard use (they’ll need the standard 3.5mm jack).

If you bring large electrical items with you (such as laptops), please remember that you’ll need to remove them from your bag for security screening. You’ll be asked to place them in a tray so they can be clearly scanned.

Mobility aids such as walking aids and manual collapsible wheelchairs can also be taken on-board some of our flights. Where space isn’t available onboard your wheelchair will be placed in the hold and brought out first after landing so that it is ready for you at the gate or baggage reclaim area, depending on the security rules at the airport.  Bear in mind that they’ll need to be x-rayed or searched thoroughly at security, though.

Here's what you can't carry onboard...

In the interests of passenger safety, we can’t allow the following items in hand luggage:

  • Torch-style cigarette lighters.
  • Non-safety matches.
  • Toy or replica guns (plastic or metal).
  • Catapults.
  • Sharp items – this includes household items such as household cutlery, knives (of any length), paper knives, razor blades or darts.
  • Hypodermic syringes – unless you have a medical condition that requires you to inject on the flight (see below).
  • Scissors (scissors with blunt/round-ended blades, metal or plastic, less than 6cm in length or scissors with metal blades and pointed tips under 3cms are permitted).
  • Sporting bats.
  • Billiard, snooker, pool cues.
  • Tradesmen’s tools (however, US airports will allow screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers and other tools (but not crowbars, drills, hammers or saws), as long as they are seven inches or less in length).
  • Any dangerous articles such as flammables, corrosives, poisons, radioactive materials, ammunition, firearms or explosives.

...and here's what you can.

  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Rolling tobacco
  • Cigarette papers
  • Cigarette lighters including butane, absorbed fuel (Zippo style), battery-powered and novelty lighters can be on the person, except on flights to Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Tobago, Havana and Delhi.

Note that you can carry these items onboard, but you can’t smoke them!

For further restrictions on dangerous and restricted items, please see our dangerous articles page.


Hypodermic syringes

We realise it’s essential for some of our passengers to carry hypodermic needles and other medical equipment in order to treat a medical condition. If you have a medical reason that requires you to inject during the course of a flight, naturally you can carry your syringes in your hand baggage.

However, please ensure you’re able to provide adequate medical evidence in the form of a doctor’s letter and prescription. You’ll be asked to show this when you check in and at security screening, and you should keep it with you at all times. We also ask that you bring your own sharps box so you can dispose of your needles safely and hygienically. For more information, please refer to our page on flying with medication.


Musical instruments

If you’re planning on bringing a musical instrument with you, bear in mind it may not fit within your hand baggage allowance.

If it exceeds the hand baggage allowance measurements, you’ll need to check it in (and pay an additional baggage fee, if it takes you over your check in allowance).

However, rather than checking it in on the spot we’ll still ask you to carry it through to the airport security checkpoint (subject to relevant Airport Security approval). As instruments are especially fragile, this ensures safer carriage. It will be taken at the departure gate for loading into the hold of the aircraft, so please make sure it’s suitably protected when you pack it.

Alternatively, you can book a maximum of two extra seats for your instruments.  They cannot exceed 75kg (165 lb) and their centre of mass should be no more than 30cm (12 inches) above the top of the seat cushion.

For any questions about bringing a large musical instrument, please contact us in advance of your flight.

A word of warning

Please note, the information here applies to Virgin Atlantic flights only; we have no control over baggage limitations and fees on partner airlines or connecting flights.

If your journey involves another airline, please take a moment to check their baggage allowances too.  Air ChinaAll Nippon Airways, Air New Zealand, Cyprus Airways, Delta Airlines, Virgin AustraliaSouth African AirwaysSingapore Airlines, Transaero Airlines, Jet Airways

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