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From carry-on dimensions and weight limits to specific restrictions and allowances, this guide will help you understand Delta’s in-flight luggage rules.

What is Delta’s carry-on luggage policy?

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You can bring one carry-on bag and one personal item at no extra cost on Delta flights.

Your baggage’s length, width, and height must not exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches (56 x 35 x 23 cm). Please note that these dimensions include the handles and wheels, but they do not apply to small musical instruments that can fit in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you.

Delta has no maximum weight limit on carry-on baggage except in Singapore, where the weight should not exceed 15 lbs (7 kg), and in Beijing and Shanghai, where it should not exceed 22 lbs (10 kg).

Delta’s personal item size requirement is not specified. However, it should fit underneath the seat in front of you. Personal items include purses, laptop bags, or similar-sized packages that are generally smaller than carry-on bags.

What is Delta’s carry-on liquid policy?

Delta follows the TSA guidelines on carry-on liquid items. Passengers are allowed to bring liquids in containers of 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less, and these containers should be placed in a clear, quart-sized bag for inspection at the security checkpoint.

What extra items can you bring on board?

Delta allows passengers to bring musical instruments, sports equipment, and medical supplies as part of their carry-on allowance. These items must comply with the size and weight restrictions for carry-on baggage. However, due to its size, most sports equipment is transported as checked baggage, and standard checked baggage fees apply.

Passengers traveling with infants are allowed to bring a diaper bag in addition to their standard carry-on allowance. The diaper bag must fit under the seat in front of the passenger. They may also bring a car seat or an FAA-approved child restraint device if they have purchased a seat for the infant. Strollers can be checked at the gate or brought onboard if they meet the carry-on size requirements.

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Delta carry-on luggage FAQ

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How strict is Delta with carry-on luggage?

Delta enforces its carry-on size requirements diligently to ensure a comfortable travel experience for all its passengers. Before flying with a carry-on on a Delta flight, make sure that your luggage is in line with the policy.

Is a backpack considered a personal item on Delta?

Yes. Make sure that it complies with the size requirements and fits under the seat in front of you.

Can I take a backpack and a carry-on on Delta?

Delta allows passengers to bring both a backpack and a carry-on bag. The backpack can be your personal item, while the carry-on bag can be stored safely in the overhead compartment.

Disclaimer: Prices and information are correct as of 03.07.2023 and may vary with time.

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