I will be flying Bangkok - Phnom Penh with AirAsia. I am used to having a backpack as hand luggage and have Osprey 40l backpack (53 x 33 x 23) that is exactly made to fit the max hand baggage dimensions (56x36x23).

However I have heard anecdotally that AirAsia does not allow backpacks as hand luggage even if they fit within dimensions - which I find hard to believe.

Is it true that AirAsia does not allow backpacks as hand luggage even if they fit within dimensions?


That's what they say:

Important notice:

  1. Boxes and hiking backpacks are not considered as cabin baggage and must be checked in.
  2. Multiple items that are strapped, wrapped or tied together will not be counted as one piece of cabin baggage.
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    Hi pnuts, would this Osprey count as hiking backpack you think?ospreypacks.com/us/en/product/farpoint-40-FARPNT40.html Feb 26 '17 at 4:05
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    From OP's link "The entire suspension stows away under a zippered panel creating a sleek silhouette for transport." So the shoulder harness is not visible and you carry it by a handle. On that basis its not a backpack when harness is stowed. YMMV though.
    – Criggie
    Feb 26 '17 at 5:53
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    We just flew Air Asia Thailand to Hong Kong and two gals with similar looking backpacks heading to the gate area were sent back to the check in counter to check their bags by an Air Asia employee. So some staff members do enforce the rules.
    – user13044
    Feb 26 '17 at 14:53
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    @pnuts They had them over their shoulders.
    – user13044
    Feb 26 '17 at 15:36
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    Just to confirm I did go through with my backpack no problems... Nov 1 '17 at 22:55

AirAsia doesn't prohibit hiking backpacks in their Cabin baggage page anymore. So as long as your backpack fits the dimensions (56cm x 36cm x 23cm) it should be fine to bring on board.

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