Air France Baggage Policy

The Air France baggage policy allows you to carry 1 or 2 cabin baggage items, depending on your travel class, plus 1 small accessory such as a laptop bag or briefcase. Your checked baggage allowance ranges from 1 to 3 bags, depending on how you’re travelling. 

  1. Cabin Baggage Policy
    1. The size of your hand baggage must not exceed 55cm x 35cm x 25cm. 
    2. The accessory must not be larger than 40cm x 30cm x 15cm. 
    3. The total combined weight of your hand baggage and accessory must not be more than 26lb/12kg on Economy Class and 40lb/18kg on higher classes.
  2. Checked Baggage Policy
    1. The size of your checked baggage item must not exceed 158cm/62in. 
    2. Your weight of your checked baggage item must not exceed 50lb/23kg per bag on Economy and Premium Economy, and 70lb/32kg per bag on Business and First. 
    3. If any checked bag exceeds 70lb/32kg, its contents must be split into 2 bags so that the total weight per bag does not exceed 70lb/32kg.
    4. An oversized bag must not exceed 300cm/118in in combined dimensions, with the exception of audio or video equipment, heavy musical instruments, and pole vaults.
  3. On Economy Light and Economy Basic fares, you must purchase your baggage.
  4. The following members are allowed 1 extra checked baggage item (the weight depends on the travel class flown): Flying Blue (Silver, Gold, and Platinum), SkyTeam (Elite and Elite Plus).
  5. Lap infants not occupying a seat are allowed a checked baggage allowance of 22lb/10kg, except on Light fares.
  6. Oversized bags, i.e., bags measuring 158–300cm (62–118in), must be dropped at the Oversize Baggage counter.
  7. Each passenger is allowed up to a maximum 10 checked bags (3 on some flights), subject to excess baggage charges. 
  8. If you’re travelling with more than 3 checked bags, you must contact the Air France Sales Team before travelling to ensure space availability.
  9. You can purchase additional baggage online at a 20% discount up to 30 hours before departure. However, if you’re travelling with oversized and/or overweight bags, you can only pay the baggage fees at the airport.
Air France Baggage Allowance—Hand Baggage 
Hand Baggage Allowance Economy Premium EconomyBusinessLa Première (First)
Hand Baggage (1 piece)Max. Size
55 x 35 x 25cm/21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9in+Accessory* (1 piece)Max. Size 40 x 30 x 15cm/16 x 12 x 6in
=Max. Combined Weight
26lb/12kg 
Hand Baggage (2 pieces)Max. Size
55 x 35 x 25cm/21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9in+Accessory* (1 piece)Max. Size 40 x 30 x 15cm/16 x 12 x 6in
=Max. Combined Weight 40lb/18kg
Hand Baggage (2 pieces)Max. Size
55 x 35 x 25cm/21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9in+Accessory* (1 piece)Max. Size 40 x 30 x 15cm/16 x 12 x 6in
=Max. Combined Weight 40lb/18kg
Hand Baggage (2 pieces)Max. Size
55 x 35 x 25cm/21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9in+Accessory* (1 piece)Max. Size 40 x 30 x 15cm/16 x 12 x 6in
=Max. Combined Weight 40lb/18kg
The size includes pockets, handles, and wheels.*The accessory: Can be a small briefcase for a notebook computer, camera, etc.Must fit under your front seat (or the overhead bin if you’re seated in an emergency exit row).
Air France Baggage Allowance—Checked Baggage
Economy Basic/Light    StandardPremium EconomyBusinessLa Première (First)
Checked Baggage AllowancePaid         1 x 50lb/23kg         158cm/bag

2 x 50lb/23kg each 158cm/bag

2 x 70lb/32kg each158cm/bag
  
3 x 70lb/32kg each158cm/bag
158cm/bag refers to the combined dimensions of each bag (length + width + height) and includes pockets, handles, and wheels.Basic and Light fares do not include checked bags and must be paid for.

Note

Under the Air France hand baggage policy:

  • You can carry the following items in addition to your hand baggage:
    • Medical equipment such as a collapsible wheelchair, crutches, walkers, etc.
    • Outer garments you’re wearing, such as a jacket, coat, etc.
    • Umbrella
    • Duty-free articles purchased at the airport or on your flight 
    • Children’s accessories such as a foldable stroller, car seat, diaper bag, etc. 
  • Garment bags and yoyo strollers will not be treated as accessory items but as standard handbags. 

Checked Baggage Fees for Light Fares 

The baggage fees for Basic or Light fares for the first piece of checked baggage are as follows:

  • Domestic flights within France €25
  • Europe/Morocco/Algeria/Tunis/Israel €25
  • United States €50
  • Canada €68
  • French overseas departments and other routes €50

Extra Baggage Benefits for Flying Blue, SkyTeam Elite, and Elite Plus Members

The Air France baggage policy allows the following members to carry 1 extra checked baggage item for free (in addition to their standard baggage allowance), depending on their travel class:

  • Flying Blue members (Platinum, Gold, and Silver) 
  • SkyTeam Elite members 
  • Elite Plus members
Extra Baggage Benefits for Frequent Flyers
Extra Baggage Allowance on International Flights Extra Baggage Allowance on Flights within Metropolitan France 
1 extra bag with the weight by fare type.1 extra bag not exceeding 50lb/23kg.

Baggage Policy for Infants 

Lap infants (infants not occupying a seat) are entitled to a checked baggage allowance of 22lb/10kg (excl. Light fares).

Air France Additional and/or Excess Baggage Fees 

The excess baggage fee applies by piece, weight, and size. This means if your bag is overweight and oversized, you will be charged an overweight baggage fee and an oversized baggage fee. 

Air France Excess Baggage Fees by Route
Additional, Overweight, and Oversized Bags
RouteAdditional BagOversized Bag
More than 158cm/62in
Overweight Bag More than 50lb/23kg or 70lb/32kg 
Within Metropolitan FranceStandard: €70/~USD 85
Mini/Basic/Light: 
1st bag: €35/~USD 45.5
2+ bags: €70/~USD 85
€40/~USD 48.6€70/~USD 85
Within Europe
(incl. Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, and Armenia)
Standard: €70/~USD 85
Mini/Basic/Light:
1st bag: €40/~USD 48.6
2+ bags: €70/~USD 85
€75/~USD 91.1€70/~USD 85
Between Europe and North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria) or Israel Standard: €70/~USD 85
Mini/Basic/Light:
1st bag: €40/~USD 48.6
2+ bags: €70/~USD 85
€75/~USD 91.1€70/~USD 85
Within the Caribbean2nd bag: €55/~USD 66.8
3+ bags: €200/~USD 243
€40/~USD 48.6€55/~USD 66.8
Between France and overseas French departments€100/~USD 121.5€100/~USD 121.5€100/~USD 121.5
From/to North America2nd bag: €85/~USD 103.3
3+ bags: €240/~USD 291.6
€250/~USD 303.7€85/~USD 103.3
Between Europe and India/ Middle East 1st bag: €75/~USD 91.1
2+ bags: €200/~USD 243
€300/~USD 364.4€75/~USD 91.1
Between Miami and the Caribbean2nd bag: €55-62
3+ bags: €240-255/
~USD 291.6-309.8
€25/~USD 30.4€65/~USD 79
Other long-haul destinations 2nd bag: €90/~USD 109.3
3+ bags: €179/~USD 217.4
€300/~USD 364.4€100/~USD 121.5

Note

  • You can get up to 20% off the airport prices by purchasing additional baggage online.
  • You cannot purchase additional baggage allowance online for the following countries/territories: South Korea, Slovenia, Slovakia, New Caledonia, and Australia.

How to Pre-pay for Excess Baggage Online 

Use My Bookings to purchase extra baggage and save up to 20%

Air France allows passengers to purchase additional baggage online in advance and get up to 20% off the airport rate. However, at some airports, you may need to purchase excess baggage more than 30 hours before departure to qualify for the 20% discount. 

You can use your Flying Blue Miles to purchase additional baggage allowance through the Review/Modify your reservations link.

Also known as Baggage Option, the extra bag must not exceed:

  • 50lb/23kg in weight, and 
  • 158cm/62in in total size (length + width + height)

Air France allows passengers to travel with up to 10 bags per passenger (3 on certain aircraft). 

Exceptions

You will not be able to purchase additional baggage allowance for:

  • Lap infants (less than 2 years old) not occupying a seat.
  • Transporting a pet in the cabin or hold.
  • Sporting equipment (which is subject to special fees).

However, the online payment option is not available for: 

  • Overweight and oversize bags, which must be paid for at the airport only.
  • The first bag for Light fare ticketholders flying between Europe and North Africa.

To purchase a Baggage Option (additional baggage) online:


A screenshot of the My Bookings tab used for purchasing additional baggage online

  1. Go to AirFrance.com
  2. Click on My Bookings
  3. Retrieve your booking as follows: 
  1. Enter your booking reference and last name
  2. Click on the Search button
  1. Select your flight 
  2. Follow the prompts to add more baggage and pay

Note

  • Your additional baggage (Baggage Option) must not exceed 50lb/23kg in weight and 158cm/62in in size (length + width + height). 
  • The maximum number of additional baggage items can vary for some aircraft.
  • The total number of bags per passenger must not exceed 10 (on certain aircraft, 3). 
  • If traveling with more than 3 bags, contact the Air France Sales Team to ensure space availability.

Air France Sporting Equipment Policy

The Air France sports baggage policy allows you to travel with most sporting equipment as part of your baggage allowance. If you exceed the allowance by weight, size, or piece, excess baggage charges will apply.

Snapshot 

  • The following sporting equipment is included in your baggage allowance, as long as they do not exceed 50lb/23kg in weight and 300cm/118in in length: 
    • Golf equipment
    • Ski equipment
    • Diving equipment 
  • The following sporting equipment will incur a fee of €40–125 (USD 49–152), depending on your route:
    • Bicycles 
    • Scuba tanks 
  • The following sporting equipment will be included in your baggage allowance if they do not exceed 50lb/23kg in weight and 300cm/118in in length: 
    • Surfboards
    • Longboards
    • Windsurf boards
    • Kite-surf boards
    • Bodyboards 

Exceptions 

  • On flights from/to the United States, Canada, and Mexico, boards less than 107cm/42in long and 50lb/23kg in weight are considered standard baggage. Boards longer than 107cm but less than and 300cm will incur an additional fee, ranging from €40-125 (USD 49–152) depending on your route. 
  • You must obtain approval at least 48 hours before departure for certain sports equipment, such as: 
    • Bicycles
    • Diving flashlights
    • Tandems 
    • Surfboards
    • Longboards
    • Windsurf boards
    • Kite-surf boards
    • Bodyboards

Guidelines for Carrying Sporting Equipment

  • Golf equipment
    • Includes 1 bag with clubs and shoes. 
    • Can be taken as standard checked baggage or cargo. 
    • Max. weight permitted is 50lb/23kg.
    • Not permitted on a Light fare ticket.
    • Free for Flying Blue members regardless of the total number of checked bags.
  • Diving equipment
    • Includes 1 of each: wet suit, mask, vest, fins, knife, pair of shoes, knife, and pressure regulator.
    • Can be taken as checked baggage or cargo. 
    • Not permitted on a Light fare ticket. 
    • For underwater flashlights, request at least 48 hours before departure.
    • All equipment must be suitably packed.
    • Scuba tanks
      • Must pay an extra fee—not included in baggage allowance.
      • The fee ranges from €40 – 125 (USD 49 – 152). 
      • Must be empty and must not exceed 50lb/23kg.
      • Oxygen scuba tanks are not permitted.
  • Fishing equipment
    • Includes 2 rods, tackle box, net, and boots. 
    • Can be taken as standard checked baggage or cargo. 
    • Not permitted on a Light fare ticket. 
    • Must be suitably packed. 
  • Bicycles and tandems
    • Not included in your standard baggage allowance. 
    • Request for permission at least 48 hours before departure.
    • Electrical bikes are also permitted.
      • Lithium batteries must be removed. 
      • Lithium battery must not exceed 160wH.
    • The fee ranges from €40 – 125 (USD 49 – 152). 
    • Packing requirements
      • Must be packed in a sturdy bike container (hard plastic or cardboard), available at most Air France check-in counters. 
      • If transporting on an IR&RAIL trip, dimensions must not exceed 120 x 90cm/47 x 35in.
      • Tires must be deflated, pedals removed, front-wheel should be attached to the frame, and handlebars turned and fixed along the length.
  • Ski equipment 
    • Includes: 
      • Snowboards, Alpine skis, and cross-country skis.
      • Alpine and cross-country skis: 1 pair of skis, poles, and boots.
      • Snowboard: 1 snowboard + boots (1 pair)
    • Can be taken as standard checked baggage or cargo. 
    • Not permitted on a Light fare ticket. 
    • The travel case must not exceed 300cm/118in in length. 
    • Skis and boots can be packed in 2 separate bags, treated as 1 bag.
    • A ski helmet carried in the cabin will be treated as a hand baggage item.
    • If carrying an avalanche airbag, pyrotechnic trigger, and gas system, request approval at least 48 hours before departure.
    • Water skis
      • Can be taken as standard checked baggage or cargo.
      • Not permitted on a Light fare ticket. 
      • Must be packed in a separate ski bag. 
      • The size of the bag must not exceed 300cm/118in.
  • Surfboards, longboards, windsurf boards, kite-surf boards, and bodyboards
    • Can be taken as standard checked baggage if the combined dimensions do not exceed 300cm and the weight does not exceed 50lb/23kg. 
    • Must request approval at least 48 hours before departure.
    • Exceptions for flights from/to the United States, Mexico, and Canada
      • Can be taken as a standard checked baggage item if the length does not exceed 107cm/42in and the weight does not exceed 50lb/23kg. 
      • If the length is between 107 – 300cm (42 – 118in), you must pay an additional fee ranging from €65 – 125 (~USD  79 – 151), depending on your flight zone.
      • If the weight exceeds 50lb/23kg, you will have to pay an overweight fee per applicable rules.

Special Baggage Items

According to the Air France baggage policy, the following special baggage items must be transported per specific transport rules (as indicated below). 

  • Oversize items 
    • As checked baggage 
      • A checked bag exceeding 158cm/62in is considered oversized and will attract an extra fee.
      • A checked bag must not exceed 70lb/32kg.
      • Passengers carrying oversize baggage must report 3 hours before departure for intercontinental flights, and 2 hours before departure for flights within Europe and France, and flights between Europe and North Africa or Israel.
    • As carry-on/cabin baggage
      • Fragile and oversize items can be carried as hand baggage items.
      • Must request approval at least 48 hours before departure.
      • The hand baggage item will be placed on 1 or more extra seats for which you must pay.
      • The weight of the baggage item must not exceed 99lb/45kg.
    • As cargo
  • Musical instruments 
    • Can be carried as part of your normal baggage allowance (except on Light fare tickets).
    • For details, refer to the section titled Air France Musical Instruments Policy.
  • Hunting and sport rifles
    • Require written authorization.
    • Must request approval at least 48 hours before departure.
    • Can be taken as a standard checked baggage item (except on Economy Basic and Mini fare tickets).
    • Permitted under the following conditions:
      • The rifle should be unloaded.
      • Both rifle and ammunition must be packed in separate bags but can be a part of the same baggage item. 
      • The bag containing rifle and ammunition cannot contain personal items. 
      • The ammunition must be appropriately packed in a single container (wooden, fiberboard, or metal). 
      • The max. permissible weight of the ammunition (incl. container) is 11lb/5kg per passenger.
      • Cartridges must be in original packing and empty spaces (if any) must be plugged to prevent slippage. 
  • Ammunition 
    • Requires written authorization.
    • Must request approval at least 48 hours before departure.
    • Must be declared at check-in.
    • Can be taken as a standard checked baggage item (except on Economy Basic and Mini fare tickets).
    • Includes
      • Ammunition for hunting weapons.
      • Ammunition for calibers up to 19.1mm.
    • Permitted under the following conditions:
      • Must be packed in a single container (wooden, fiberboard, or metal) not exceeding 11lb/5kg per passenger.
      • Both rifle and ammunition must be packed in separate bags but can be a part of the same baggage item. 
      • The bag containing rifle and ammunition cannot contain personal items. 
      • Cartridges must be in original packing and empty spaces (if any) must be plugged to prevent slippage. 

How to Pay Your Baggage Fee on Air France  

You can pay your baggage fee:

  • When you’re booking your flight 
    • Online 
    • Through an Air France office 
    • Through an Air France call center 
  • After booking your flight
    • Online through My Bookings 
    • Through an Air France office 
    • Through an Air France call center 
  • At the airport when checking in (costliest)

Paying your excess baggage up to 24 hours before departure can save you up to 20% of the airport fee. 

Air France Musical Instruments Policy

The Air France musical instruments policy allows you to carry your musical instruments/equipment in any of these ways (except on Light fare tickets): 

  1. Musical Instrument as Cabin Baggage 

You can bring a small musical instrument as part of your carry-on/cabin baggage allowance—provided it fits in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you. Examples include flute, oboe, shaped violin, clarinet, etc.

  • Max. weight (incl. case) 15lb/7kg, and
  • Max. combined dimensions (L + W + H) 115cm/45in 
  1. Musical Instrument as Checked Baggage 

You can check in musical instruments that exceed your cabin baggage allowance, provided you pack them safely in a hard case. Checked musical instruments (incl. case) will be subject to the same weight and size restrictions that apply to your fare type. For details, refer to Air France Baggage Allowance—Checked Baggage under the section titled Air France Baggage Policy. 

  • If your musical instrument or equipment exceeds your baggage allowance in terms of number, weight, or size, you can purchase a Baggage Option: 
    • Online through My Bookings
      (up to 30 hours before departure)
    • When you check in online 

Alternatively, you can pay the excess baggage charges at the airport.

  • Musical instruments exceeding 70lb/32kg in weight and/or 300cm/118in in length (bass, cello, etc.) can be accepted if you submit a request with Air France customer service at least 48 hours before departure.
  1. Musical Instrument on a Paid Seat

You can also buy an additional seat for your musical instrument (such as a guitar or a cello) if you don’t want to check it in—or if the size and weight do not exceed: 

  • Max. dimensions (L + W + H) 115cm/45in.
  • Max. weight 99lb/45kg. 

Musical instruments exceeding the above-mentioned size and/or weight will be accommodated on 2 paid seats, and so on.

How to buy an extra seat for your musical instrument

  • Submit your request with Air France customer service at least 48 hours before departure.
  • Provide the weight and sizes details.  

Air France Delayed Baggage Policy

What is the policy for delayed or missing baggage at Air France?

If your checked baggage has been delayed or is missing, you must: 

  1. Report it immediately at the airport at the AIR FRANCE KLM Baggage Service counter.  
    1. You will have to declare your missing baggage by filling out a Property Irregularity Report (PIR). 
    2. You will be given a file number that you will need to trace your bag(s) or file your claim. 
  2. Report it online (or through the mobile app) if you have left the airport—but within 48 hours of your arrival. 
    1. When filling out the Declare Missing Baggage form, you will need to enter your baggage receipt number. 
    2. At the end of the declaration process, you will receive a file number that you will need to trace the progress of your bag(s) or file your claim. 
    3. The online reporting facility is available at these airports.

After filing your report, you can: 

What to do if your baggage is not found within 3 days

  • Call the Baggage Service office at the number provided in your report.
  • Track the status in real-time via the online baggage search tool.

If your baggage cannot be found within 72 hours of your declaration: 

  • Log in to the online baggage search tool 
  • Fill out the inventory and claim form
    • Describe the contents of your missing bag as accurately as possible 
    • Mention the value of each missing item, such as clothes, shoes, etc.

Air France Delayed Baggage Compensation Policy

How to seek reimbursement claims for delayed baggage

If you incurred additional expenses on necessities such as clothing or toiletries due to your baggage being delayed, you must submit a reimbursement request. 

  • If your flight landed in metropolitan France, you should: 
    • File your baggage claim with Air France Baggage Service at the airport. 
    • Fill out the online declaration form within 48 hours of arriving.
    • Keep the original receipts as proof of expenses incurred by you. 
  • If your flight landed outside of metropolitan France, you should:
    • Inform the Air France Baggage Service at the airport. 
    • File a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) before leaving the airport. 
    • Be sure to save the file number which you will need to track your request. 
    • Keep the original receipts as proof of expenses incurred by you. 

If your bag cannot be located within 21 days after your flight landed, Air France will refer to the values provided by you in the online declaration form or Property Irregularity Report (PIR) to set up a compensation claim. This procedure will be automatically initiated and you can be paid a compensation of up to SDR 1,288 or approx. €1,607, which is the maximum per the Montreal Convention rules.

However, if you had made a special declaration stating that the value of your bag’s contents exceeds €1,607 and paid an additional fee for it before traveling, you will be paid a higher compensation based on the increased value declared by you.  

Damaged Baggage 

If your checked baggage arrives damaged, you must: 

  1. Report it immediately at the airport at AIR FRANCE Baggage Service.  After you declare your missing baggage by filling out a Property Irregularity Report (PIR), you will be given a file number that you will need to trace your bag(s) or file your claim. 
  2. Report it online or by contacting the customer service in your area if you have left the airport—but within 7 days of receiving your baggage. 

Whether you report at the airport, online, or by contacting customer service, you will need to provide the following documents in original:

  1. Your ticket or boarding pass
  2. Your baggage tag(s)
  3. A baggage repair estimate by a professional or a statement that the baggage cannot be repaired.

Note. Before paying for repairs, you must obtain a written authorization from the airline. In the absence of such authorization, Air France will not accept any responsibility for the repair expenses incurred by you.

Missing Baggage Items 

If you discover something missing from your checked bag, you must: 

  1. Report it immediately at the airport at AIR FRANCE Baggage Service.  After you declare your missing baggage by filling out a Property Irregularity Report (PIR), you will be given a file number that you will need to trace your bag(s) or file your claim. 

If your flight landed at Paris-Orly or Paris-Charles de Gaulle, you must fill out a report (the form is available at the airport). 

  1. Report it online if you have left the airport—but no later than 7 days of receiving your baggage. 
    1. However, if your flight landed at an airport in metropolitan France, French Guiana, Martinique, Reunion, French Polynesia, or Guadeloupe, you must fill out this form
    2. For all other airports, you must report to the local police. 

Air France’s Liability for Lost and Damaged Bags

Air France’s liability for lost, damaged, or delayed bags is limited to SDR 1,288 (approx. €1,607/USD 1,855), which is the maximum per the Montreal Convention.

However, if you had made a special declaration stating that the value of your bag’s contents exceeds €1,607 and paid an additional fee for it before traveling, you will be paid a higher compensation based on the higher value declared by you. 

Liquids, Gels, Pastes, and Creams in Cabin

 

  • Liquids, pastes, gels, and creams are allowed as hand baggage items in the cabin under the following conditions: 
    • Containers must be packed in a clear, sealed plastic bag. 
    • The size of a container must not exceed 3.4oz (100ml).  
    • The volume of the plastic bag must not exceed 33.8oz (1L). 
    • The dimensions of the plastic bag must not exceed 20cm x 20cm (7.8in x 7.8in). 
    • Each passenger can bring 1 clear plastic bag as a hand baggage item.

Exemptions 

The following items are allowed in cabin baggage if required during the flight:

  • Baby foods for inflight consumption 
  • Medicines (with prescription)
  • Special diet foods for inflight consumption 
  • Powdered substances are permitted in the cabin or the hold. They include substances such as sugar baby food, medication in powder form, flour, sugar, spices, powdered milk, ground coffee, cosmetics, sand, etc.

Regulations for the United States

When flying to the United States, you can only carry up to 12oz/350ml of powdered substances in the cabin. Larger quantities must be checked in—with the following exceptions:

  • Medical powders (with prescription) 
  • Baby food
  • Duty-free powders
    (packed in a STEB, i.e., sealed security tamper-evident bag)

Restricted Baggage Items 

Restricted Item CategoryExamples In the CabinIn the HoldPrior Approval Comments
Aerosol products, toiletries, and medication
Non-flammable aerosol productsNontoxic and noninflammable domestic and athletic products posing no risk or health hazardNoYes NoThe aerosol valves must be covered by a lid
Toiletries and non-radioactive medicines incl. aerosol productsDeodorant, hair spray, cologne, perfume, nail polish, nail polish removerMedication containing alcoholYesYesNoNet total weight must not exceed 2L/2kg per passenger. The net quantity of each item must not exceed 0.5L/0.5L
Flammable/toxic aerosol productsDomestic, cleaning, and home improvement products like paint, ink, varnish, and enamel (all types), alcohol, paint thinner, ethanol, gas, lighter fluid, acetoneNoNo
Matches, lighters and electronic cigarettes, and replacement batteries
Safety matches and classic lightersSafety matches, classic lighters (with liquefied gas, incl. gas or grill lighters with protective hoods).Yes (on your person)No No Max. 1 lighter/small box per passenger 
Other matches and lightersCigar torch/blue flame lighter, strike-anywhere matches, lighters containing flammable, unabsorbed liquid (except liquid gas), lighter fluid, refill cartridges, lithium battery-operated lighters (metal/ion) unprotected from accidental activation.NoNo
Electronic cigarettesAll types of electronic cigarettes, incl. e-pipes, e-cigars, e-hookah, personal vapers, nicotine administering electronic systems, etc.Yes (on your person)NoNoMust be switched offCannot be used/charged on the flight
Lithium batteries Damaged, defective, or recalled-by-manufacturer devices are prohibited
Replacement batteries for electronic cigarettesYesNoNoMust be protected against short-circuitingMust be in original packing, or protective envelope, or a plastic bag, or the electrodes must be separated with non-conducting tape
Electronic and electric devices and batteries incl. replacement batteries
Lithium devices and batteries Damaged, defective, or recalled-by-manufacturer devices are prohibitedMust be carefully wrapped and protected if carried in checked baggage.Must be switched off if carried in cabin baggage.
<100 Wh portable electronic devices POCs for medical use  YesYesNoLithium-ion batteries must not exceed 100 WhLithium-metal batteries must not exceed 2g of lithium
<100 Wh replacement batteries POCs for medical use  YesNoNoLithium-ion batteries must not exceed 100 WhLithium-metal batteries must not exceed 2g of lithium
100-160 Wh portable electronic devicesAEDs (automated external defibrillators), CPAP ventilators like anti-sleep apnea devices, and nebulizersYesYesYesMust be for medical useLithium-ion batteries between 100-160 WhLithium-metal batteries must not exceed 8g of lithium
100-160 Wh replacement batteriesAEDs, CPAPs, nebulizers, etc.YesNoYesMax. 2 per person
>160 Wh Portable electronic devices and replacement batteries Held in mobility devices or spare batteriesNoNoNot permitted 
Devices with non-spillable batteriesDry-cell/liquid gel batteries YesYesNoMust adhere to the A67 provision. Max. 12 V and 100 Wh permitted.Values must be visible on the battery or deviceMax. 2 replacement batteries permitted per passenger
Medical and other devices other than those using standard or rechargeable batteries
Oxygen or breathing gasBreathing gas or oxygen tanks/devices for medical useYesNoYesCannot be used onboardMust not exceed 11lb/5kg
Liquid oxygen A device with oxygen tanks for medical use NoNoNot permitted
Radioactive medical products/devicesSmall, nontoxic, nonflammable gas cartridges used in mechanical prosthetic devices incl. similar-sized replacement cartridgesYesYesNoCan be carried in the necessary quantity for the trip duration
Mercury thermometersMedical and clinical thermometers NoYesNoMust be for personal useMust be in a protective case
Weapons and ammunition
Electric weaponsComprising dangerous components, compressed gas, explosives, and lithium batteries incl. tasers, stun guns, etc.NoNo Not permitted
Firearms and ammunition Sports hunting weapons such as shotguns, pistols, revolvers, rifles, etc.NoYesYesMust hold valid licenses and permitsMust book in advanceMust be packed securely per rulesMust not exceed 11lb/5kg
Other ranged weaponsToy gunsStarting pistolsSignal flare pistolsReplica and imitation firearmsBullet/shell-made amulets (only on flights to/from the Philippines)Nail guns Harpoons Crossbows,Compressed air and CO2 guns and pistolsCatapults and slingshotsBall-bearing gunsAir riflesPellet gunsNoYesNoRanged weapons are not included in the firearms category
Weapons and sharp objectsScissorsSwordsSabersMachetesKnivesIce skatesDarts and arrows CleatsMartial arts equipment with sharp or pointed edgesNoYesNoMust be securely packed
Blunt objectsCricket batsBaseball batsSkateboardsPool/billiard cuesMartial arts equipment (brass knuckles, sticks, nunchucks, etc.)Kayak/canoe paddlesHockey sticksGolf clubsNoYesNoObjects and weapons capable of causing serious injury are not permitted in the cabin
Devices for scientific or other purposes
Air quality Infiltration devicesNoYesNo 
Security cases Security cases, bags, boxes for carrying liquid silver or security equipment containing pyrotechnic material or lithium batteries NoNoNot permitted
Mercury thermometers/ barometersMercury thermometer or barometerYesNoYesMust be carried by a representative of government meteorology or similar organization  
Explosives, fireworks, and firecrackers
Pyrotechnic articlesSmoke bombs, grenades, cartridgesReplica/imitation explosivesMines and other explosive military devicesGrenadesFireworks (candles/sparklers), flares, etc.Firecrackers, incl. Christmas crackers and fusesExplosive or incendiary machinesDynamite, gunpowder, and plastic explosivesDetonators and fusesBlasting capsAmmunition other than that permitted under “Firearms and ammunition” NoNoNot permitted
Electric transport vehicles other than those used by people with reduced mobility
Electric bicyclesMeant for leisure purposes, containing lithium batteries NoNoNot permitted with batteryPermitted without battery as a regular bicycle
Individual transport vehicles for leisureLithium battery-operated hoverboards, segways, self-balancing hoverboards, box boards, wave boards, electric skateboards, motorized baggage, etc.NoNoNot permitted
Wheelchairs and other electric vehicles used by people with reduced mobility Refer to the section titled Passengers requiring mobility assistance.
Liquid Gas and nitrogen in tanks, cartridges, or devices 
Compressed airCompressed air cylinders used for scuba diving NoNoEmpty cylinders with pressure less than 200 kPa or 2.0 bars will be accepted as diving equipment
Flammable gasCartridges or tanks containing flammable gas with a closure system, used for operating camping stoves or blowtorches for home/kitchen improvementNoNo
Defense equipmentContaining pepper spray or other irritating, incapacitating, or disabling chemicals—such as tear gas, mace, capsicum, acid spray, animal repellant sprays, etc.NoNoNot permitted
Avalanche airbags Containing a cartridge of nontoxic and noninflammable compressed gasYes (per rules)YesYesThe airbag should be packed such that it cannot be activated accidentallyThe inflatable bag must have safety valvesThe airbag must have a pyrotechnic activation mechanism containing less than 200 mg of division 1.4S explosivesAvalanche rescue kits containing a 1.4S explosive is not permitted from/to/through the United States
Self-inflating safety equipmentEquipment using small cartridges of nontoxic and noninflammable gas like CO2 or similar gas—such as safety vests, protective jackets, rafts, etc.YesYesYes Max. 1 piece allowed with up to 2 cartridges and no more than 2 replacement cartridges per passengerMust be packed such that it cannot be activated accidentally.
Small gas cartridgeWhipped cream dispensersSoda siphonsAir gunsYesYesyesMust use a nontoxic, non-inflammable gas like CO2Per cartridge water capacity must not exceed 50 ml.For CO2, a gas tank with 50ml of liquid volume equals a 28g cartridge.Nitrous oxide cartridges and banned.
Liquid nitrogen Cryogenic containers or insulated packaging using refrigerated liquid nitrogen YesYesYesMax. gross weight must not exceed 22lb/10kg
Hydrocarbon gasCurling irons YesYesNoSafety lid must be securely attached to the heating partCannot be used onboard Iron gas refills cannot be transported
Dry iceYesYesYesMax. 5.5lb/2.5kg per passenger is permittedMust be used for refrigerating permissible items Must allow the CO2 to escape Must bear the label ‘Dry Ice’ and indicate the net weight of dry ice
Liquids, creams, alcoholic beverages, flammable liquids, powdered substances
Alcoholic beveragesNot exceeding 70% alcohol by volumeNoYesNoMax. 5L per passenger Must be in retail packaging Homemade versions not permitted
Home improvement, household, and cleaning productsInkVarnish PaintEnamel (all types) AcetoneThinnerSolventsTurpentineDieselPesticidesPool productsNoNoNot permitted
Empty containers of combustible flammable liquidCamping stovesFuel jerrycans Etc. NoYesYesBefore transporting, the tank must have remained empty for at least 1 hour and kept open for no less than 6 hoursFor transporting, the container must be securely capped, wrapped in absorbent material, and packed in a plastic bag or similar bag, and the bag sealed with an adhesive tape or elastic band. 
Flammable liquid samplesNon-infectious samples NoNoNot permitted
Liquids, pastes, gels, and creamsYesYesNoPermitted in the cabin in 100ml containers eachMust be packed inside a 1L clear plastic bag 1 such bag per passenger is allowed in the cabin No restrictions for infant food, prescription medication, dietary food, etc.Duty-free liquid purchases in sealed retailed packaging with an invoice
Powdered substancesSugarSpicesSandPowdered milkPowdered medication Ground coffeeFlourCosmeticsBaby foodYesYesNoIf traveling to/from the United States, you cannot carry more than 120z/350ml in the cabin but can carry higher amounts in checked baggage Exceptions (for the US) include medically prescribed powders, baby food, duty-free purchases placed inside a security tamper-evident bag (STEB)
Engines, vehicles, large tools, spares, etc.
Non-electric enginesThermal enginesFuel cellsInternal combustion enginesNoNoNot permitted
Vehicle spare partsShock absorbersBatteries Airbags NoNoNot permitted
Electric engines Mains-powered engines YesYesNoFor battery-operated electric engines, refer to the section titled Electronic and electric devices and batteries incl. replacement batteries
Protected plants and animals Must be legally permissibleMust confirm legality
ParachutesParachutes with release mechanism approved by DGACYesYesNoMust have been approved by the Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC)
Live human organsHuman cells Human embryos YesYesYesMust be carried in an insulated bag with an ice packMust provide the following documentation at the airport:Passenger’s task order Message from the requesting hospital (excl. embryos)Insemination certificate (for embryos)
Human bloodBlood samples for lab analysisNoNoNot permitted

Frequently Asked Questions on Air France Baggage Policy

The Air France carry-on baggage policy allows you to carry 1 or 2 hand baggage items, plus 1 personal accessory item, depending on your travel class. Passengers travelling on Economy Class fares are allowed 1 hand baggage item plus 1 accessory bag, with a combined weight not exceeding 26lb/12kg.

Passengers travelling on Premium Economy, Business, and First Class (La Première) are entitled to carry 2 hand baggage items plus 1 accessory bag, subject to a combined weight of up to 40lb/18kg. 

The hand baggage’s size must not exceed 55cm x 35cm x 25cm, and that of the accessory bag must not exceed 40cm x 30cm x 15cm. 

If your baggage is lost, delayed, or missing, you must report it immediately at the AIR FRANCE KLM Baggage Service counter at the airport.  You will be asked to fill out a Property Irregularity Report (PIR), after which you will be given a file number through which you can trace your bag(s) or file a claim. 

If you’ve left the airport, you must inform Air France online (or through the mobile app), but no later than 48 hours after arrival. You can track the status of your missing baggage by calling the Baggage Service office at the number provided in your report, or through the online baggage search tool.

If Air France can’t find your baggage within 72 hours of your notifying the airline, you should: 

  1. Log in to the online baggage search tool 
  2. Fill out the inventory and claim form

When filling out the form, be sure to describe the contents of your missing bag as accurately as possible, and also mention the value of each missing item, such as clothes, shoes, etc.

If Air France is unable to locate your bag 21 days after your flight landed, they will refer to the values provided by you in the form to set up a compensation claim. This procedure will be automatically initiated and you can be paid a compensation of up to SDR 1,288 or approx. €1,607, which is the maximum payable amount per the Montreal Convention.

However, if you had made a special declaration stating that the value of your bag’s contents exceeds €1,607 and paid an additional fee for it before traveling, you will be paid a higher compensation based on the higher value declared by you. 

Air France requires that all missing baggage be reported to the Baggage Service Office at the airport or online—but no later than 48 hours after arrival.  

  • Baggage status can be tracked by calling the Baggage Service or online through the baggage search tool.
  • If your baggage cannot be located within 72 hours of your notifying Air France, you must log in to the online baggage search tool and complete the inventory and claim form.
  • If your baggage cannot be located within 21 days of arrival, Air France will initiate a compensation process and compensate you for the lost baggage based on the report filed by you—but within the legal limits specified in the Montreal Convention.

If your bag was delayed and you had to spend money on clothing and toiletries, you will need to submit a reimbursement request within 21 days of receiving your bag by filling out an online declaration form. Be sure to keep the original receipts, as you will be required to show them as proof of expenses incurred by you. 

You must immediately notify the AIR FRANCE Baggage Service at the airport. The staff will ask you to fill out a Property Irregularity Report (PIR), after which you will be given a file number through which you can trace your bag(s) or file a claim. 

Air France allows passengers to report the damage online or by contacting the customer service in their local area if they have left the airport. However, all damage-related complaints must be reported within 7 days of receiving the baggage.

If you’re traveling with excess baggage, you can pay your baggage fee at the time of booking your flight—online, by phone, or physically at the booking source. You can also pay the baggage fee later after booking your flight—online through My Bookings, by phone, at the ticket office from where you booked your ticket, or at the airport (costliest). 
Paying your baggage fee in advance (up to 30 hours before departure) can save you up to 20% of the airport fee.

Your baggage allowance on Air France is as follows:

  • Carry-on/Cabin Baggage 
    • Economy 1 hand baggage + 1 small accessory (26lb/12kg combined)
    • Higher Classes 2 hand baggage items + 1 small accessory (40lb/18kg combined)
      Max. Dimensions
      Hand Baggage 55 x 35 x 25cm (21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9in)
      Accessory 40 x 30 x 15cm (16 x 12 x 6in)
  • Checked Baggage 
    • Basic/Lite Economy Nil
    • Standard Economy 1 x 50lb/23kg
    • Premium Economy 2 x 50lb/23kg each
    • Business 2 x 70lb/32kg each
    • La Première (First) 3 x 70lb/32kg each
      Max. Dimensions
      Bag’s L + W + H 158cm/bag

In addition to your carry-on/cabin baggage, you can bring the following items with you:

  • Medical/assistive devices such as a collapsible wheelchair, crutches, walkers, etc.
  • A jacket, coat, or other outer garments worn by you.
  • Umbrella.
  • Duty-free articles purchased at the airport or on your flight.
  • Children’s accessories such as a foldable stroller, car seat, diaper bag, etc. 

Yes, Flying Blue members (Platinum, Gold, and Silver)—as well as Sky Elite members, and Elite Plus members—are entitled to carry 1 extra checked baggage item free in addition to their standard baggage allowance. 

Their extra baggage allowance is as follows:

  • On international flights 1 extra bag with the weight by fare type
  • On flights within Metropolitan France 1 extra bag not exceeding 50lb/23kg

Lap infants, i.e., children not occupying a seat, are entitled to a checked baggage allowance of 22lb/10kg (except those traveling on Light fare tickets)—plus 1 stroller and a car seat in the hold at no extra charge.

However, if you have purchased a seat for your child, she/he is entitled to the same baggage allowance as an adult traveling in the same cabin class.

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