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If you’re planning to travel with just a carry-on, 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 cannot “carry-on” to the plane. Each airline’s rules are different, so don’t just assume that what works for one will work for all airlines.
If you are going to be flying LATAM, here are the LATAM Airlines Carry-On rules you need to be aware of:
LATAM Airlines Carry-On Rules
Depending on your ticket fare class, LATAM Airlines allows one carry-on bag (“Cabin Bag”) and one personal item (“Hand Bag”) onboard at no charge.
Important: The Basic fare does not include baggage to be carried in the overhead compartment of the aircraft, but it may be purchased as an additional cost up to 6 hours prior to flight departure.
Another way to access cabin baggage is by purchasing a LATAM+ seat.
LATAM Airlines Personal Item Size & Fees
Personal items include a purse, briefcase, laptop, backpack, shopping bag or a similar sized item
Additional items that can be carried on include:
- A jacket and/or umbrella
- Food or drink purchased after clearing the security checkpoint
- Duty-free merchandise
- Special items like strollers, child restraint seats or assistive devices such as wheelchairs or crutches
LATAM Airlines Carry-On Size Limits & Fees
LATAM Airlines ’s size requirements for a carry-on are approximately 22 x 14 x 10 in.
If you are not sure what size your carry-on is, LATAM Airlines does provide size check templates located at their ticket counters and gates. But by the time you get to either of these locations it’s too late if the bag is too big, so better to always know your bag size in advance.
LATAM Airlines carry-on size limits are displayed when you check in
LATAM Airlines Carry-On Weight Limit
LATAM Airlines requires carry-on bags to weigh less than 10 kg (22 lbs.) if you are traveling in the Economy cabin, and 16 kg (35 lbs.) if you are traveling in the Premium Economy or Premium Business cabin.
However, they don’t weight 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 checked baggage more than carry-on bags, since they weigh your checked bags when you check in for you flight.
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Prohibited Items and Dangerous Goods
There are certain items that are considered dangerous and classified as a hazardous material. Dangerous goods are prohibited from both your carry-on and checked bag on all flights. These rules are not specific to any airline and are mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration.
One more way to find them is with the LATAM Airlines summary of restricted items.
LATAM Airlines Carry-On Liquid Policy
The rules for carry-on liquids are set by the TSA in the US, and the EASA and European Commission in Europe. LATAM doesn’t have their own specific Liquids Policy, they just enforce the rules and policies of the Authorities.
- Containers with liquids and gel-like substances may hold up to 100 ml (maximum capacity must be printed on container).
- All containers must be carried in a plastic bag (transparent, resealable, max. capacity 1 litre). 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.
- Medicines and special food (e.g. baby food) can be carried outside the plastic bag and must also be presented at security.
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 and are enclosed in a sealed, one quart-size bag. Common travel items that must comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule include toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, perfume, mouthwash, deodorant 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 check point.
Here is a little video to help illustrate:
The TSA also sets the rules for what type of food you can bring on the plane. There are two different scenarios pertaining to food:
- Food you bring with you from home, and
- Food you buy at the airport, after you have gone through security.
When bringing food with you from home, an important thing to note is the classification of liquid 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).
Here’s a link to the TSA website advising what food can be brought with you on your LATAM Airlines 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.
LATAM Airlines Pet Policy
LATAM will only allow small sized dogs and cats in the cabin, as long as their total weight (pet + kennel/container) does not exceed 7 kgs (15 lbs.). The pet must remain in their kennel (container) for the entire flight duration.
Check out LATAM’s complete pet policy here.
LATAM Airlines Carry-On Fees
LATAM Airlines does not charge a fee for carry-on baggage that meets their size requirements. If your bag is too large and does not meet LATAM Airlines ’s carry-on restrictions, you may be charged a fee to gate check it.
Here is a link to LATAM Airlines ’s Carry-On page to make sure you have the most up to date information.