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If you’re planning to fly with just a carry-on bag, you’ll need to be up to speed with airline carry-on policies. Specifically, the various rules and regulations each carrier has for what you can and can’t “carry-on” to the plane. Each airline’s rules are different, so don’t just assume what works for one will work for all airlines.
If you are going to be flying KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, then here are the carry-on rules you need to be aware of regarding size, weight, fees, liquids, etc.
KLM Carry-On Size & Weight Restrictions
KLM allows one carry-on bag and one personal item onboard, at no charge, for economy class and they allow two carry-on bags plus a personal item for those flying in the business class cabins (This is similar to their alliance partner Air France).
The personal item must fit under the seat in front of you, and the carry-on bag must be stowed in the overhead bin.
KLM Carry-On Size Limits
KLM size requirements for a carry-on are:
- Dimensions for carry-on baggage: max. 55 x 35 x 25 cm
If you aren’t sure what size your carry-on is, KLM normally provides “size check templates” located at their ticketing counters and departure gates. But if you wait until you get to either of these locations and have an issue, it’s too late.
If the bag is too big or too heavy, you’re going to have to pay a fee, so it’s always better to know your bag size and the limitations in advance.
KLM Personal Item Size and Fees
Personal items include a purse, briefcase, laptop, backpack, shopping bag, or a similar-sized item.
The following items may be brought onboard without counting toward your carry-on limit.
- Jacket, coat, or other clothes you are wearing,
- Duty-free items purchased on your flight or at the airport,
- an approved car safety seat,
- a small bag of food and nappies,
- an umbrella-type collapsible stroller,
- Baby buggies must be checked in as hold baggage.
KLM Carry-On Weight Limits
KLM requires carry-on bags to weigh less than 12 kg (26 lbs.). However, they don’t weigh your carry-on items prior to boarding, so you’re generally not going to have a problem if it’s too heavy. The weight issue applies to check baggage more than carry-on bags since they weigh your checked bags when you check in for your flight.
Business Class passengers have a higher weight limit of up to 18 kg between the two bags they can carry on.
Carry-On Size Rules for Small Regional Aircraft
If you are flying one of KLM’s regional planes, it may not be possible to carry your hand baggage on board, even if it has the correct dimensions and weight. If this is the case, KLM will check it in and carry it in the hold, free of charge.
If you want to make sure you have a bag that will fit, check out this article on the best carry-on bags for regional jets.
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Carry-On Liquids: KLM Liquids Policy
The rules for carry-on liquids are set by the TSA in the US and the EASA and European Commission in Europe. KLM doesn’t have its own specific Liquids Policy, they just enforce the rules and policies of the Authorities. The rules are as follows:
- Containers with liquids and gel-like substances may hold up to 100 ml (maximum capacity must be printed on the container).
- All containers must be carried in a plastic bag (transparent, resealable, max. capacity of 1 liter). One bag per person.
- The bag must be presented separately at security. Take your liquids out of your carry-on baggage at the security screening point and present them separately. In exceptional cases, liquids may be opened in the course of security checks and removed from their outer packaging.
- Liquid duty-free goods purchased at an international airport or on board an aircraft outside the EU must be transported in a tamper-proof, certified bag on connecting flights via an EU airport. The proof of purchase must be inside the bag and the bag must be sealed by the retailer.
You are allowed to bring the following liquids with you:
- Baby food to be consumed during the flight;
- Medicine to be taken during the flight, together with a prescription or doctor’s statement;
- Specific diet foods to be consumed during the flight;
- Sealed tax-free items.
Below is a table that provides some examples of Non-solid Food and Personal Items that are considered “liquids”:
The TSA 3-1-1 Rule
Each passenger may carry liquids, gels, and aerosols in travel-size containers that are 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters. Each passenger is limited to one quart-size bag of liquids, gels, and aerosols. Common travel items that must comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule include toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, and lotion.
Any liquid that does not meet the TSA 3-1-1 rule will either have to be checked with your luggage or will be thrown away at the security checkpoint.
Here is a little video to help illustrate:
There are two different scenarios pertaining to food:
- The food you bring with you to the airport, and
- The food you buy at the airport after you have gone through security.
An important thing to note is the classification of liquid foods vs. solid foods.
The general rule is “If you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it, or pour it, then it’s considered a liquid or gel”. This means your food may be considered a liquid and will fall under the TSA 3-1-1 liquids rule, which mandates that any liquid, gel, cream, aerosol, or paste in a carry-on must be 3.4 ounces or less, and fit in one quart-size resealable bag (only one such bag is allowed per passenger).
The TSA website advises what food can be brought with you on your flight. This applies to food you are bringing from home through security. Once you get through security, you can bring just about any food on the plane that you buy at the airport.
KLM Carry-On Pet Policy
KLM may not charge for your carry-on bag, but they will charge for your carry-on pet. The price depends upon the route and is charged once per flight direction.
Your dog or cat must travel in a special closed travel bag that does not exceed 46 x 28 x 24 cm / 18 x 11 x 9 in. For your comfort on board, KLM recommends that you use a flexible bag.
- The bag must be well-ventilated and be big enough for your animal to stand up and turn around.
- The bag must fit in the area underneath the seat in front of you.
- Under no circumstances may your animal leave its travel bag during the flight.
- Only 1 animal is permitted per container.
- Each passenger may travel with only 1 animal.
- Your pet’s travel container is considered an additional baggage item and will incur a fee.
Business cabin on intercontinental flights:
KLM does not accept pets in the Business cabin on intercontinental flights. For its own safety, your dog or cat must travel in the hold.
Prohibited Items and Dangerous Goods
There are certain items that are considered dangerous and classified as hazardous material. Dangerous goods are prohibited from both your carry-on and checked bags on all flights. These rules are not specific to any airline and are mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency.
Items considered “dangerous goods” are prohibited under KLM’s carry-on policy and include the following:
- Firearms and ammunition
- Stunning devices, mace, tear gas, and pepper spray
- Poisonous, infectious, or radioactive substances
- Sharp or pointed objects (knives, swords, cutting instruments, razors, ice skates, carpet knives, metal scissors, box cutters, or similar items)
- Camping equipment containing flammable liquids or gasses
- Flammable liquids, including gasoline and kerosene
- Self-Balancing devices such as hoverboards, including electric skateboards, balance boards, and gravity boards
- Medical or liquid oxygen
- Torch lighters, lighter fluid, strike-anywhere matches, and fire starters
- Wet-cell batteries
The following items are not considered “dangerous goods” and are allowed when packaged properly, in accordance with FAA regulations
- Hiking or trekking poles
- Hair dryer/Straightener
- Hair spray
- Sunscreen/bug spray
- Food as a carry on
- Fishing hooks
- Fragile glass items
One more way to find them is with the KLM summary of restricted items.
KLM Carry-On Size and Fees
KLM does not charge a fee for carry-on baggage that meets their size requirements. If your bag is too large and doesn’t meet KLM’s carry-on restrictions, you may be charged a fee to gate check it.
Here is a link to the KLM Carry-On page to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.