Researching the current airline luggage restrictions before you plan a flight will help you better prepare for airport security at the airport in New York City at the John F. Kennedy International Airport. By knowing the size, weight and item restrictions and limits ahead of time, you can save time and money at the airport.


All medicine, personal items and documents such as boarding passes must be packed in the carry-on baggage. Each passenger is allowed one carry-on bag to be checked with the TSA at the security checkpoint. Baggage allowance also includes one personal item such as a pillow, briefcase, laptop, purse, diaper bag or shopping bag. All liquids, gels, and aerosols must be in containers that hold 3 ounces or less in volume. Each passenger is allowed three 3-oz containers, and the containers must be stored in a zipper storage bag. Rules vary according to medical needs and disabilities, and be sure to check domestic regulations for international flights.

Checked Luggage

At JFK Airport, you are only allowed two bags per passenger. Each bag has a size and weight restriction. Check in with the airline for the size and weight restrictions for checked baggage before your flight. Any bag over 50 pounds will not fit the overhead compartment and must be checked luggage. Luggage over 70 pounds per bag is not permitted at all, or may cause you to be charged an additional fee.


Travel Tip: If you are traveling light, such as with only carry-on luggage, utilize the AirTrain, which stops at Jamaica and Howard Beach stations, for transportation to and around the airport. The shuttle drop off sites include airport terminals, baggage claim. If you are leaving from the airport, the AirTrain is a great way to head to Manhattan

Restricted Carry-On Items

All sharp objects must be packed in checked bags. No sharp objects are allowed in carry-on bags. This includes pocket knives, sharp-point knitting needles and scissors. Blunt-nosed scissors are allowed in a carry-on bag.


Travel Tip: Travelers are no longer required to wear a mask in the airport in accordance with public health regulations in New York and New Jersey.