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On my e-ticket for my flight with Swiss booked through, I see this:

Baggage: 1PC

Does this mean I'm only allowed hang-luggage? Or can I take hand-luggage, and check in one piece of luggage?

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Looks like Baggage: 1 piece. – Karlson Aug 1 '14 at 19:23
Yeah, but does that include hand-luggage? – user18949 Aug 1 '14 at 19:36
Usually that would be Carry-on rather then hand luggage. – Karlson Aug 1 '14 at 19:38
@Karlson I thought carry-on is synonymous with hand luggage (as opposed to “hold” luggage). – Relaxed Aug 1 '14 at 22:24
@Relaxed It is but more often referred to as Carry on since it makes a more clear distinction. – Karlson Aug 2 '14 at 0:17
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Airlines tickets usually report the amount of allowed checked baggages. Hand luggages are usually taken for granted.

However, in this particular case, the Swissair website says:

When you travel with SWISS, we will transport a certain amount of your baggage free of charge for you. The quantity and weight of this free baggage is clearly defined, and vary according to your booking class.

So I guess (if you travel in economy class) you are allowed one 23 kg checked baggage plus a 8 kg hand luggage.

Additional info on checked baggage and hand baggage can be found on the same website.

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carry on is ever more NOT taken for granted, as ever more airlines are charging for each and every bag, including carry on. – jwenting Aug 2 '14 at 4:33
I took both hand-luggage and a checked suitcase and I was allowed, so your answer proved to be correct. – user18949 Aug 12 '14 at 17:03

It means that you are allowed to check in one piece of luggage free of charge (as long as it isn't over the maximum allowed weight and size).

Carry-on luggage is separate. For most airlines you are allowed two pieces of carry on. One that will fit in the overhead compartment and another that will fit under the seat in front of you.

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