I will fly CPH-DEL-HYD in a few days with Air India. When travelling for business, I usually bring a Samsonite roller bag within the max dimensions for hand luggage and then a shoulder bag with a laptop, headset and wallet.

So far, I've been questioned only once regarding the laptop bag. And that was at check in and not at the gate so it wasn't a problem.

Is Air India strict with the hand luggage or will I get away with both my shoulder bag and the roller bag?

  • Economy/Business/First ? If in economy prepare for some trouble. Considering most Indian passengers on AI flights have overweight luggage you might be fine.
    – DumbCoder
    Aug 3, 2018 at 14:35
  • I'll fly economy, many airlines specifies max dimensions for the personal item, Air India just seem to list the item types Aug 3, 2018 at 14:37
  • You should be fine. And is the whole trip on AI or only DEL-HYD section ?
    – DumbCoder
    Aug 3, 2018 at 14:39
  • It's SAS ARN-CPH and then AI Aug 3, 2018 at 15:01
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    I ended being delayed more than 36 hours in CPH before buying a new ticket with BA so I can't really tell Apr 10, 2019 at 17:21

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The same rules apply to pretty much all airlines. If you can bring your stuff with one then you should have no problems with any other.

In addition to your carry-on and bag/backpack you are also allowed to bring things from the tax-frees.

Girl with a lot of bags

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    great pic!!! ;)
    – Mark Mayo
    Aug 26, 2019 at 22:52

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