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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 carry-on rules are different, so don’t just assume what works for one will work for all airlines.
If you are going to be flying Singapore, then here are the Singapore Airlines carry-on rules you need to be aware of regarding size, weight, fees, liquids, etc.
Singapore Airlines Carry-On Size & Weight Limits
Singapore Airlines allows one carry-on bag and one personal item onboard, at no charge, for economy class and premium economy class. Similar to Air France, Singapore Airlines allows two carry-on bags plus a personal item if you are flying in Suites, First or Business Class cabins.
The personal item must fit under the seat in front of you, and the carry-on bag must be stowed in the overhead bin.
Singapore Airlines Carry-On Size Dimensions
Singapore Airlines’ size requirements for a carry-on are:
- Dimensions for carry-on baggage: The Sum of the length, width, and height of each piece should not exceed 115cm (45 inches).
If you aren’t sure what size your carry-on is, Singapore Airlines typically provides “size check templates” located at their ticketing counters. 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 probably going to have to pay a fee, so it’s always better to know your bag size and the limitations in advance.
Singapore Airlines Personal Item Size
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.
- Handbag or purse
- Camera / Camera bag
- Document bag / Briefcase
- Laptop / Notebook
- Baby and infant items & food to be eaten on board. The total weight of these items should not exceed 6kg (13 lbs.)
- A pair of crutches, a walking stick, and/or other prosthetic devices
- A small number of duty-free goods
The maximum dimension for your personal item is 40x30x10cm (16x12x4 in). If the sum of your item’s dimensions is large than 80cm (32 in), it will count as part of your carry-on allowance (not a personal item). You may then have to check the bag, depending on how many carry-on bags you have and what class of service you are flying.
Singapore Airlines Carry-On Weight Limits
Singapore Airlines requires carry-on bags to weigh less than 7 kg (15.5 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.
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Carry-On Liquids: Singapore Airways Liquids Policy
The rules for carry-on liquids are set by the TSA, EASA, and FAA. Singapore Airlines doesn’t make the rules, but they must enforce them.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
However, Singapore Airlines tries to restrict you from bringing on any food that may have a strong smell and offend other passengers. Why don’t all airlines do this??
If you are traveling to Singapore, please visit the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) for information on the types of food and quantities allowed into the country.
Singapore Airlines Carry-On Pet Policy
Singapore Airlines does not allow pets in their cabins.
If you are traveling with a pet, you are going to have to check them in with baggage to travel in the cargo of the plane.
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 Singapore Airlines’ 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
- 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 Singapore Airlines summary of dangerous goods.
Singapore Airlines Carry-On Size and Fees
Singapore Airlines does not charge a fee for carry-on baggage that meets their size requirements. If your bag is too large and doesn’t meet Singapore Airlines’ carry-on restrictions, you may be charged a fee to gate check it.
Here is a link to Singapore Airlines Carry-On page to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.