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Traveling with hand baggage on TAP

The most important things go with you! Find out what baggage you can take with you in the cabin, and what are the maximum sizes and weights of hand baggage allowed.
Flights from/to Italy and Berlin
Passengers on these flights can only take one piece of hand baggage, among other restrictions.
Alcohol-based hand disinfectant
Passengers can carry alcohol-based hand disinfectant in the cabin or the hold up to the maximum limit.

What you can take in the cabin

The number of items you can carry for free in the cabin depends on the ticket class and where you are going:
If you are traveling in Economy Class
1 bag + 1 personal item
If you are traveling in Business Class, to/from North America
1 bag + 1 personal item
Executive Class, to/from Europe, Africa, South America or domestic flights
2 bags + 1 personal item

Maximum sizes and weights for hand baggage

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55x40x20cm / 22x16x8in
Maximum size of height x length x width of hand baggage, regardless of the destination.
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8kg / 17Ibs

Maximum weight of hand baggage in Economy and Executive classes to all destinations, except Venezuela and Brazil.

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10kg / 22lbs

Maximum weight of hand baggage, in Economy Class, for the destinations: Venezuela and Brazil. Additional transportation of a personal item is not permitted.

See the charges for excess weight and/or size for this kind of baggage.

What is a personal item?

On TAP, apart from one piece of hand baggage, you can take a personal item of up to 2kg / 4.4lb into the cabin:

  • Bags: Handbag, computer case or shoulder bag measuring no more than: 40x30x15cm / 16x12x5in.
  • Walking aids: Mobility equipment such as wheelchairs, walking sticks, etc.
  • Medical devices: upon prescription/prior approval.

Where to store hand baggage

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Under the seat in front of you

Whenever possible, store your hand baggage under the seat in front of you.
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In the overhead lockers

If your hand baggage is too large or if you are seated in the emergency row or the first row in the cabin, hand baggage should be stored in the overhead lockers.
On very busy flights, you may have to place your hand baggage in the hold due to lack of space on board. In these situations, you will be asked for your baggage at the boarding gate and it will be delivered to your destination on the Arrivals baggage carrousel.

Precautions at Security Control

To speed up the process, place these items in the trays at Security Control as indicated.
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  • Liquids: Put all liquids in individual containers of up to 100ml in a transparent bag of up to 1L.
  • Electronic devices: Remove computers, cameras, tablets, cell phones and so on from your bags.
  • Metal objects: Remove all metal items, such as earrings, pins, keys, watches, coins, etc., from your body and pockets.
  • Clothes and footwear: Take off your jacket, belt and shoes to avoid having to go through the X-ray more than once.


Do you need to carry special baggage in the cabin?

See the different kinds of special baggage you can carry in TAP cabins and the conditions of carriage.
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    Special cabin baggage Take the more fragile, largest and most valuable items with you in the cabin.
  • Illustration of a guitar, colored in shades of green with red details.
    Musical instruments Book an extra seat beside you for your musical instrument (up to 75kg / 165lb).
  • Illustration with of 3 elements in the foreground - an open case, within which there is a plastic bottle with the danger symbol on the label, and a large battery next to it.
    Dangerous items See the dangerous items that are subject to restrictions and how you can carry them on TAP.

Charges for excess hand baggage

If you exceed the number or weight of pieces of hand baggage, the following charges apply:

  • 90 EUR – On domestic and European flights or flights to Morocco.
  • 120 EUR / 145 USD / 190 CAD – On intercontinental flights.


Payment is made with credit card only at the boarding gate.

Travel restrictions
Flights to Brazil

If you are traveling to Brazil and intend to take food and/or animal and vegetable products with you, read the Passenger Guide (PDF, 0.1, PT) to see the rules. 

Flights to/from Italy

According to the restrictions imposed by the Italian authorities, passengers flying to/from Italy cannot put loose items of clothing in the overhead lockers. All items of clothing must be inside the hand baggage or beside the passenger.
You can carry an item of personal baggage no larger than 40x30x15cm that must be placed under the seat in front of you. If you are carrying a piece of hand baggage up to 8kgs and 55x40x20cm, it will be carried in the hold at no extra cost. This baggage should be checked-in before you head for the boarding gate.

Flights leaving from Berlin 

On flights from Berlin, and according to the rules imposed by airport security, passengers can only carry one item of hand baggage and must check in all the other bags. Before reaching security control, items in your pockets must be stored in your jacket or bag, larger electronic items (laptops, tablets and medical devices) as well as the bag containing any liquids must be removed from your hand baggage for checking.

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Do you have any other questions about your baggage?

    Check our FAQs to clear up any questions regarding restricted items on board or the carriage of:

    • Alcoholic beverages or other items with alcohol (e.g. hand disinfectants); 
    • Televisions and screens.