Baggage information - before your trip

Preparing your luggage before you fly

The following information and advice will help you prepare your luggage for various check-in and security requirements before your oneworld® journey.

Check-in and luggage identification

  • Please check-in well before the end of the recommended check-in time to avoid delays.
  • Ensure all your luggage is fully closed and locked where possible. You may be asked to open your bags as part of the airport security screening process, particularly when travelling to and from the USA.
  • Fasten handles and loose straps to prevent them getting caught in the baggage system.
  • Do not pack medication, important documents or valuables in your checked luggage.
  • Label each bag with your name and destination.
  • Remove old destination labels from previous trips.
  • Please ensure that the tag on each item of checked luggage shows the correct destination and flight number.


  • Airport security staff use x-ray machines to check your luggage. These machines are safe for passengers and photographic equipment, however film material over 1000ASA/31 DIN should be removed and screened separately.
  • Do not carry unidentified bags or packages on behalf of other people. Contact airport security, customs or airline staff immediately if you have been asked to do so.
  • Checked luggage is screened by airport security and matched against the flight passenger list before departure.

Insurance and liability

  • oneworld recommends that you obtain adequate travel insurance before your journey.
  • We strongly advise you not to pack valuables or important documents in your checked luggage. We recommend keeping these items with you or in your carry-on luggage.
  • Whilst every attempt is made to handle your luggage with care, oneworld does not accept liability for loss of valuable items or damage to fragile goods.

Baggage allowances and restrictions

Please check with individual oneworld member airlines for information on the following:

  • Excess baggage allowances, rules and charges.
  • Special baggage items such as pets, mobility aids, musical instruments, sporting equipment and medical supplies.
  • Frequent flyer benefits, including additional luggage allowances and priority delivery.
  • Dangerous goods and prohibited items, including liquids, gels and aerosols.