When traveling internationally, you will need to ensure you understand all of the carry on regulations so that you won’t have any trouble on your flights. In some ways, the in-country and international guidelines are the same, but in other ways, there are drastic differences. You need to ensure you understand all of the guidelines well before you have to travel.
Hong Kong Carry-on Baggage Restrictions:
Passengers using Hong Kong International Airport are expected to follow the hand baggage guidelines set by the Airline Operators Committee. These state that hand baggage carried onboard an aircraft must not exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23 cm (22” x 14” x 9”).
You can check whether your baggage is the right size by using the measuring gauges found around the Check-in Hall and at the entrances of the Immigration Halls in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. If you are uncertain, please check with your airline.
Hong Kong Airport Security:
All departing passengers are required to have both their boarding pass and travel document ready for inspection by airport security personnel upon entering the Departures Immigration Hall.
Enhanced security measures are also in place at the airport. To avoid unnecessary delays, make sure you do not pack any “restricted articles” in your hand baggage or carry it on person. If in doubt, please review the list of restricted articles.
Dangerous goods, such as flammable liquids, corrosives substances, gas cylinders, are posing a risk to the safety of the aircraft and are not allowed on board, either as checked or hand baggage. Please refer to the list of dangerous goods for general information, or ask your airline for details.
Security controls on the carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in hand baggage by departing passengers are now in force at HKIA. In line with the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the security restrictions for carriage of LAGs are:
In the US, the 3-1-1 rule states that you can only carry on liquids in three ounce bottles or less. Hong Kong rules are slightly different. This is true whether you are traveling in the country or internationally. The liquids must be in individual containers and then placed in a single Ziploc bag. This regulation is required at almost any international airport as well as all of them in the United States. If you don’t want to pack the liquids in hand luggage, you can always include them in checked luggage.
US carry on luggage size regulations are different internationally and in the country as well. For domestic flights in the US, you must keep the bags no larger than 22” by 14” by 9”. If you will be traveling internationally, then you will have to choose smaller carry on luggage. The standard changes depending on destination, but the best rule is to keep the bag at no larger than 20 inches.
If you will be traveling outside of the country, on your way back, you must go through customs. If you have any food items that you are bringing back into the United States, then they must be declared to CBP officials. If you don’t declare a food item, you can run into trouble. This is the same as in Australia. Any foods that you keep in carry on luggage will be under this rule. The rules regulating foods do change regularly, so it’s a good idea to check on them before your trip.
You need to learn more about carry on luggage before you travel. There are different rules and regulations that you must follow surrounding size and food items. Make sure you understand all of the rules to avoid issues when you travel.