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Delta Airlines Baggage Policies

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Baggage Allowances

Regardless of where you're going, you’ll want to make sure what you’re bringing is allowed. Here are the rules.

Carry-on Baggage

All Delta passengers are allowed one carry-on bag, one checked bag, and one personal item. Excess charges apply for excess, oversize, or overweight items.

How large can your carry-on bag be?

  • Must weigh less than 40 pounds (18 kg)
  • Can't exceed 45 inches (length + width + height)
  • Must fit easily in our SizeWise® unit (approximately 22"x14"x9")
  • Must fit in an overhead bin or underneath the seat in front of you

What counts as a personal item?

  • Purses, briefcases, camera cases, and diaper bags
  • Laptop computers (can’t be checked and must be carried on)
  • Items of a similar or smaller size to those above
What else can you bring onboard?
  • Food items for immediate consumption
  • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or crutches
  • One box or bag of duty free merchandise
  • A coat, jacket, or umbrella

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Are there any exceptions to what you can bring onboard?

The United Kingdom and Belgium security regulations permit customers traveling from Manchester (MAN), Edinburgh (EDI), and Brussels (BRU) only one carry-on item. Handbags are included in this carry-on bag allowance and may not be carried as a personal item.

There may be more limits to carry-on baggage based on available space and additional restrictions on certain flights. If you have additional questions, please see a check-in agent for help or check out our Baggage FAQs.

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Checked Baggage

When traveling within the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico you can check one bag, per passenger, free of charge.

When traveling to or from cities outside the United States you can check two bags, per passenger, free of charge.

If you have additional bags to check, you may incur excess baggage fees.

Each bag must:
  • Weigh 50 pounds (22.5 kg) or less
  • Not exceed 62 inches when you total length + width + height

What counts as a special item?

Special items include:
  • Overweight bags: Bags over 50 lbs
  • Oversize bags: Bags over 62 inches (when you total the length + width + height)
  • Baby items: Stroller, child restraint seats
  • Assistive devices: Wheelchair
  • Sporting equipment: Bicycle, bowling equipment, fishing equipment, golf equipment, ski equipment, parachute, surfboard, windsurf board, scuba tank
  • Musical instruments
  • Fragile/bulky items: Saddle, antlers, Hawaiian pineapples, military duffle bags
  • Pets

If you have a special item:

  • Each special item you're checking counts as one bag.
  • When checking in online, you don't have to tell us what the special item is—you just have to let us know you have one.
  • An agent will determine any possible charges for your item when you bring it to the baggage drop.


  • Business Elite® and First Class passengers are allowed 3 checked bags at no charge up to 70 lbs.
  • Active duty military personnel with traveling orders will be allowed to check 2 bags up to 70lbs at no additional charge.
  • Passengers traveling to or from Key West, Florida are limited to only one checked bag.
  • The free weight allowance is 70 pounds (32 kg) for tickets purchased in Brazil, or for tickets purchased in Japan when traveling to/from Brazil.

With the exception of original factory-sealed boxes that will be accepted on a standby basis, we do not accept boxes as checked baggage to Central or South America (except Brazil, Mexico, and Chile) at any time of the year.

Infant and Children Items

There’s a baggage allowance for kid stuff too. Before you set out with your little ones, you’ll want to be sure you know how much of their stuff you can bring along, the types of infant items that you can check or take as carry-on, and the rules about child restraint seats.

Children's Baggage Allowance

Children’s baggage allowances are based in part by the fare paid for their travel.

Unticketed Infant/Child

If children are traveling for free, they don’t have a baggage allowance. So any baggage for the child counts as part of the adult's baggage allowance.

Ticketed Infant/Child

For children traveling on a ticket that is 10% of the adult fare, they are allowed one checked bag up to 20lbs (10kg) with a maximum outside dimension (length plus width plus height) of 45 inches, plus one checked fully collapsible stroller or push-chair.

For children traveling on a ticket that is 50% or more of the adult fare, children are entitled to the standard baggage allowance.

See Child Fares & Ticketing for Delta's current policy on special fares & discounts.

Strollers & Child Restraint Seats

Strollers and child restraint seats will be checked for free and are not counted as part of the standard baggage allowance.

Strollers and child restraint seats may be checked at curbside, the ticket counter, or at the gate.

If you want to use a child restraint seat or stroller to transport your child through the airport, that's fine. Strollers need to be checked at the gate by a Delta agent. Child restraint seats may be checked, or in certain cases, they may be brought on board:

What if there is an open seat on your row?

If there's an open passenger seat in your row, you may place your child in an FAA-approved child restraint in that seat during take-off and landing. However, Delta can't guarantee that a seat will remain open. If you want to be sure a seat will be available, you'll have to purchase a ticket. If an empty passenger seat is not available for your child restraint, the child restraint will have to be checked at the gate by a Delta agent.

Other Carry-On Items

A fare-paying passenger may carry one bag plus one personal item on the plane. The following infant items may be brought in addition to the one bag carry-on allowance:
  • Booster seats or other infant seats
  • Bassinets
  • Diaper bags
As a carry-on item, it must meet our carry-on size restrictions.

The bassinet or infant seat must be properly secured by a seat belt if stored on an aircraft seat.

Excess Baggage

Is that bag hard to handle? Know what to expect if your bags don't fit within our free baggage allowance.


No more than four checked bags will be allowed in all Delta Connection® carriers.

You'll be charged an excess baggage fee each time you go over any one of the free allowances.

For example, if you have an extra piece of baggage that goes over the weight limit and the size limit, then you'll be charged 3 times:
  • once for the extra bag,
  • once for going over the size limit, and
  • once for going over the weight limit.
Fees are for each additional bag, each way.

The fees listed below apply to all areas of travel, however some areas may have additional restrictions.


Country Amount Fee
Travel within the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico Bag 2
Bag 3
Bags 4-10
$200 each
Travel outside the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico Bag 2 no fee
Bag 3 $200
Bags 4-5 $350
Bags 6-10 $600


Amount Fee
51–70 pounds for travel within the United States,
U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico
$90 each
51–70 pounds for travel outside the United States,
U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico
$150 each
71–100 pounds for travel within the United States,
U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico
$175 each
71–100 pounds for travel outside the United States,
U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico
$300 each
Over 100 pounds not permitted


Amount Fee
63–80 inches—total of length plus width plus height $175 each
Over 80 inches—total of length plus width plus height
not permitted


General Restrictions

We accept up to 10 checked bags on Delta and 4 checked bags on Delta Connection carriers.

We may limit the amount of excess baggage when such excess prevents us from carrying each traveler's free baggage allowance.

Delta Connection carriers accept excess baggage on a space-available basis. If the baggage cannot be carried on the same flight with you, it will be taken on the next available flight.

A $175.00 charge per item applies to media representatives carrying camera, film, video tape, lighting, or sound equipment.

Excess baggage is accepted on a standby basis.

Specific City Restrictions

Boxes—Only factory-sealed boxes will be accepted to Latin American destinations (excluding Brazil, Chile, and Mexico) at any time during the year.

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