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Travelling 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 the maximum sizes and weights of hand baggage allowed.

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 destination:
If you are travelling in Economy Class
1 item of hand baggage + 1 personal item
If you are travelling in Executive Class, to/from North America
1 item of hand baggage + 1 personal item
Executive Class, to/from Europe, Africa, South America or domestic flights
2 items of hand baggage + 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 luggage, regardless of the destination.

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10kg / 22Ibs

Maximum weight of hand baggage in Economy and Executive classes to all destinations.

Charges for excess hand baggage

Please note that if you reach the boarding gate with cabin baggage that exceeds the allowed weight, size or number, it will be carried as checked luggage and the following fees will apply:
  • From 70 EUR – On domestic and European flights or flights to Morocco.
  • From 85 EUR / 106 USD / 134 CAD – On intercontinental flights.

Only credit or debit card payments will be available at the boarding gate.

Travel tip: If you have excess cabin baggage, you can save time and money by booking an extra hold bag online before check-in opens, starting at €30 / $39 / CAD 49. If you booked your flight with a travel agent, you can also purchase it directly from them.

For transactions conducted outside Europe that use different local currencies, the service amount will be converted from the USD fixed price to the local currency (except Canada).

What is a personal item?

On TAP, apart from one item of hand baggage, you can take a personal item into the cabin of up to 2kg / 4.4lb:
  • Bags: Handbag, computer case or shoulder bag measuring no more than: 40x30x15cm / 16x12x5in.
  • Duty Free Shop Bag: A bag with up to 2 bottles of alcoholic beverages, or other items (provided they do not exceed the maximum indicated weight).
  • 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 should be placed 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.

Please note that on flights with a very high seat occupancy rate, or on TAP Express flights (Embraer 190 and ATR 72-600 aircraft), it may be necessary to carry your cabin bag as checked luggage (free of charge). In such situations, you will be asked to hand over your baggage at the boarding gate and collect it from the baggage carousel at the destination's arrivals area.

Security Control precautions

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  • Liquids1: Put all liquids in individual containers of up to 100ml in a transparent bag of up to 1l.
  • Electronic devices: Remove computers, cameras, tablets, mobile 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.
  • Children and babies: When traveling with children up to 2 years old, you can carry the necessary amount of food for the duration of the trip, but no water, which you can request on board. When going through airport security, you may be asked to taste that food.
1Please remember that alcohol-based hand sanitizers should not be used on any airplane equipment or surface, as the aircraft manufacturer has not approved them.

Do you need to carry special baggage in the cabin?

Find out what type of special baggage you can carry in the cabin and their transportation conditions.
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Special cabin baggage
Take the more fragile, largest and most valuable items with you in the cabin.
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Musical instruments
Book an extra seat beside you for your musical instrument (up to 75kg / 165lb).
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Dangerous items
See the dangerous items that are subject to restrictions and how you can carry them on TAP.
Travel restrictions

Flights to Brazil

If you are travelling 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. 

Traveling from Berlin

For flights departing from Berlin, and as per measures imposed by airport security, passengers should only transport one piece of hand luggage and any remaining luggage should be checked in. Prior to arriving at security control, passengers should store all the contents of their pockets within their jacket or the hand luggage, and larger electronic items (laptops, tablets and medical devices) as well as the bag for carrying liquids should be taken out of hand luggage for security verification."

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