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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 WestJet, here are the WestJet Carry On rules you need to be aware of:
WestJet Carry-On Size Rules
WestJet allows one carry-on bag and one personal item onboard at no charge.
WestJet Airlines Personal Article Size & Fees
Personal items include a purse, briefcase, laptop, camera bag, backpack, shopping bag or a similar sized item. Your personal item cannot be larger than 16” x 13” x 6” (41cm x 33cm x15cm)
WestJet Airlines Carry-On Size Limits & Fees
WestJet’s size requirements for a carry-on are 21″ x 15″ x 9″ (53cm x 38cm x 23cm).
If you aren’t sure what size your carry on is, WestJet provides size check templates located at their ticket counters and gates. However, by the time you get to either of these locations it’s too late if your bag is too big, so it’s better to always know your bag size in advance.
WestJet Carry-On Weight Limits
As a rule, WestJet doesn’t impose weight restrictions with a carry-on bag. The only rule they have is that it must be light enough that you can store it in the overhead bin unassisted. Your smaller, personal item should be stowed under the seat in front of you.
Rules for Small Regional Aircraft (WestJet Encore)
If you are lucky enough to be flying on an WestJet Encore flight (ugh..) with fifty seats or less (such as a Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop), you can bring a personal item on board, but not a carry-on bag the aircraft due to limited overhead space. Personal items must be able to fit under the seat in front of the passenger.
All carry-on bags within WestJet’s size restrictions will be gate checked, free of charge, during the boarding process and returned upon deplaning. Depending on the time of year, this will give you the opportunity to hang out with 50 of your newest friends in either a steaming hot or freezing cold jet bridge. Fun!
Despite this “official rule” there are some bags you can carry on to a regional jet. Check out this article on the best carry-on luggage for regional jets.
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 Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (“CATSA”).
Carry-On Liquid Rules
The rules for carry-on liquids are set by CATSA. WestJet doesn’t make the rules, but they must enforce them.
The CATSA Liquids 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 CATSA Liquids rule will either have to be checked with your luggage or will be thrown away at the security check point.
Here’s a little video from the TSA to help illustrate (The TSA does not have authority in Canada but the rules in this video are the same as what CATSA uses):
Exceptions to this rule are certain medications and baby food / child nourishments.
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.
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 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 CATSA website advising what food can be brought with you on your WestJet 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.
WestJet Pet Policy
WestJet may not charge for your carry-on bag, but they will charge for your carry-on pet.
If you are going to bring a pet on board with you, it must be able to fit in a small, ventilated pet carrier that fits under the seat in front of you.
Pets in cabin kennels will count as your one carry-on item. In addition to the kennel, you can bring one personal item onboard the aircraft. The following fees apply to/from the following destinations.
WestJet Airlines Pet Carry-On Fees
Here is a chart showing the pet fees WestJet charges each way. Double them for a round trip flight.
|To/From Destination||Pet Fee Each Way|
CATSA Approved Pet Carrier for WestJet
WestJet Carry-On Fees
WestJet does not charge a fee for carry-on baggage that meets their size requirements. If your bag is too large and does not meet WestJet’s carry on restrictions, you may be charged a fee to gate check it.
Here is a link to WestJet’s Carry-On page to make sure you have the most up to date information.