GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF CIVIL AVIATION
DGCA COMPLEX, NEW DELHI

AIR SAFETY CIRCULAR No. 3 OF 1999

Subject: Restriction to Hand Baggage size to be carried in aircraft cabin.

The risk of overloading of aircraft needs no emphasis. In the recent past, there have been instances wherein the aircraft had taken off with its take-off weight in excess of Regulated Take-off weight (RTOW). Though checked in baggage is weighed and accounted, hand baggage is not weighed and its size is also normally not found to be monitored. Monitoring the size and weight of hand baggage would, therefore, avoid the risk of overloading of the aircraft.

Overweight and oversized hand baggage is one of the factor which contribute towards overloading since extra weight is likely to be carried because of its over size. The oversized hand baggage may also create safety hazard in an emergency by obstructing passenger evacuation as oversized hand baggage cannot be accommodated inside the bins and also below the passenger seats. The size of the hand baggage should, therefore, be restricted as per the dimensions of the overhead bins or available space under the seats in the aircraft. The maximum limit of size of 115 cms. (sum of length, breadth and height) as contained in the passenger ticket jacket needs to be enforced by the operator. A basket, measured to the size be provided/utilised near the airline check-in counters to determine the over size baggage being carried into the passengers cabin by the passengers as hand baggage.

Operators should ensure that in order to ensure safety, the above instructions on permitting carriage of hand baggage with the specified size into the cabin, are meticulously followed by the ground staff, cabin crew and other related operator's personnel. Frequent monitoring should also be carried out by safety personnel of the operator for compliance of instructions in the matter.

Sd/-
(V.K. Chandna)

Director of Air Safety
for Director General of Civil Aviation

Place : New Delhiļ
Date : 14th July, 1999