I know that green edging strips are used on bag tags for flights originating in the EU. Some (but not all) of the tags on bags I've checked in Malaysia have had orange edging - what does that signify? I've also seen tags with red edges - what does that signify? And are any other colors used?

  • Is this previous question relevant? Commented Jan 14, 2019 at 16:04
  • No, the previous question only refers to what I already stated in my question regarding green edging. I was specifically asking about other colors - orange, red and any others.
    – CLW
    Commented Jan 14, 2019 at 17:51

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I assume that you are talking about bag tags for checked baggage that are printed when you check the baggage.

Those tags are specified by the IATA in their Passenger Services Conference Resoultions Manual (unfortunately there is no official/legal download link for the whole thing, as IATA charges $750 for it).

I was only able to check the 2010/2011 version, and in general those tags have to be white with black printing. Expedite tags may have red "hatching" on the border, but this is optional (black can also be used for the hatching). EU bag tags have the green border.

As far as I have seen no other colors are allowed on the bag tag itself, although there may be additional stickers ("expedite", "first class", etc.)


Green on Handluggage is guarenteed in the cabin because it fits under the chair infront of you.

Red label are not guarenteed in Cabin. As a flight is full and very busy you're luggage may be moved and have to be picked up as normal suitcase at the airport.

I always make sure when boarding begins i am one of the first 50 person to go in the airplane. They stop you if you are one off the last to enter and the plane is full with handluggage.

  • Source for this? Also it appears to be about one particular airline's tags for cabin luggage, whereas there question was about real baggage tags for checked luggage. Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 7:57
  • I fly in europ and see it with almost all airliners. Vueling. Transavia. Ryanair. Easyjet. They all work or worked with this labels. Ryan now even let you pay for handluggage but yeah for 25 euro single trip to Ibiza drom Amsterdam is madness.
    – Raoul
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 13:08
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    I have flown with Easyjet three times in the last 14 months. On neither occasion did my hand bag get any kind of tag or label at all. Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 13:54
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    My question is about the coloured edging strips on bag tags (i.e. for checked luggage), not about coloured cabin baggage labels. Also, I fly around Europe frequently with Easyjet and have never seen any cabin baggage labels being used.
    – CLW
    Commented Mar 11, 2019 at 20:10

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