Researching the current airline luggage restrictions before you plan a flight will help you better prepare for the security procedure at the 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 must be packed in the carry-on bag. Each passenger is allowed one carry-on bag. Each passenger is also allowed one personal item such as a pillow, briefcase, laptop, purse, diaper bag or shopping bag. All liquid 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.

Checked Luggage

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

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.