Carry-on Baggage

Notes to Passengers

China Southern Airlines will check your carry-on baggage before check-in and boarding. Please do check your carry-on items that exceed the limits to weight, number of pieces or volume. If the baggage you carry exceeds the free baggage allowance, you will be required to pay excess baggage fee and place the baggage in aircraft’s cargo compartment. According to the Regulation on the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (Order No. 42 of the Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China, 2016), if your carry-on excess baggage doesn’t comply with relevant regulations, you must re-check the baggage at check-in counter or self-service baggage checking equipment, and such baggage may not arrive at the destination on the same flight with you.

China Southern Airlines reserve the right to determine at our discretion whether your baggage needs to be transported as carry-on baggage or checked baggage, taking the safety and comfort of you as well as other passengers into account.

The additional free baggage allowance provided to overseas students, laborers, and seafarers is only available if an application is submitted via the ticket-booking agency or China Southern Airlines ticketing office when the ticket is being issued. Appropriate evidence must be supplied to the ticket-booking agency or China Southern Airlines ticketing office for them to confirm any extra free baggage allowances.

For the safety of passengers and crew members, please put your carry-on baggage in the rack above your seat or under the seat in front of you. Passengers seated near emergency exits (including those seated near wing exits and in the first row) must put their baggage in the overhead rack to ensure that the baggage will not hinder evacuation in case of emergency.

Limits for Carry-on Baggage

The passengers are required to check all the relevant regulations and information regarding carry-on baggage allowance and items allowed to be carried.

1. Rules of carry-on baggage for each passenger (excluding infants) are shown as below.

Types Travel Classes Maximum Number of Pieces Maximum Weight of Each Piece Maximum Dimensions per Piece
Domestic Flights First Class 2PC 5kg
Business Class 1PC
Premium Economy Class
Economy Class
International/Regional Flights First Class 2PC
Business Class 1PC
Premium Economy Class
Economy Class
Note: Carry-on items that exceed the above limits to weight, number of pieces or volume should be transported as checked baggage. Please check your baggage at the check-in counter or self-service baggage checking equipment in advance. China Southern Airlines may inspect your baggage at check-in counter, security check counter, boarding gate and aircraft cabin. Your baggage exceeding the free baggage allowance will be charged as per excess baggage rate.

2. In addition to your carry-on baggage allowance listed above, you may bring the following carry-on items free of charge:

Item Available to
A coat, shawl, or rug All passengers except infants who board for free or are charged 10% of the full fare for boarding
An umbrella or cane
A pair of binoculars
A reasonable amount of reading materials
A handbag for holding normal travel cosmetics instead of those required to be checked
Food for infants onboard
A baby basket and folding baby carriage or stroller (in the cabin or cargo hold of a plane)
A folding wheelchair and/or a pair of crutches and/or straps or other mobility aids (in the cabin or cargo hold of a plane) Disabled passengers who are dependent on wheelchairs, crutches, straps, or other mobility aids
* Service dogs such as guide/hearing dogs (special dogs which have been trained to assist vision/hearing impaired passengers) Vision/hearing impaired passengers who are dependent on service dogs should submit a request in advance and present a certificate issued by medical institutions

Helpful Tips:

I. Carry-on baggage with the sum of the three sides must not exceed 115 cm (approximately the size of a 20-inch suitcase). Detailed information is subject to the Airport Security Check Department.

II. Airport Security Check Department may adjust the scope of carry-on items depending on the security situation. Please cooperate with related department.

For routes operated from Korea to China, fees will be charged when you check your baggage at the boarding gate. The standards are as follows:

CABIN CLASS TYPES ACTUAL SPECIFICATION FEES
WEIGHT DIMENSION(L+W+H) (CNY OR EQUIVALENT)
First Class The first piece in addition to the standard allowance ≤32kg ≤158cm 1000/PIECE
The second piece or more in addition to the standard allowance ≤32kg ≤158cm 1300/PIECE
OVERSIZED - 159cm-300cm 1000
HEAVY PIECE 32-45kg
(inclusive)
- 3000
Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class The first piece in addition to the standard allowance ≤23kg ≤158cm 1000/PIECE
The second piece or more in addition to the standard allowance ≤23kg ≤158cm 1300/PIECE
OVERSIZED - 159cm-300cm 1000
HEAVY PIECE 23-32kg
(inclusive)
- 1000
HEAVY PIECE 32-45kg
(inclusive)
- 3000

Note: Fees charged at the boarding gate exclude free baggage allowance (FBA) and prepaid baggage which can only be used at the check-in counter.

Lithium battery

In accordance with the laws and regulations set forth in the International Civil Aviation Organization's document on the safe transport of dangerous goods, as well as the requirements outlined in the Provisions of the Civil Aviation Administration of China on the Administration of Transport of Dangerous Goods By Air, when carrying lithium-powered electronic devices on board such as mobile phones, laptops, or cameras, please comply with the following safety tips for air travel:

I.Please bear in mind:

Damaged or recalled lithium batteries are forbidden from being carried on;

Lithium batteries or power banks where the power rating is not indicated or is unclear are forbidden from being carried on;

Purchase only standardized lithium batteries or power banks!

II.Spare lithium batteries and power banks

Spare lithium batteries and power banks can only be placed in carry-on baggage.

Power banks should be powered off for the entire duration of a flight. Power banks cannot be used to charge devices while on the plane. You may not charge a power bank on the plane or use any of its other functions.

III.You do not need to declare lithium battery-powered devices or spare lithium batteries that do not exceed 100 Wh (watt-hours). A reasonable amount of spare lithium batteries can be placed only in carry-on baggage for boarding.

(Note regarding the power rating of lithium batteries for commonly used portable electronic devices:

-most mobile phones have a rating of 3-10 Wh;

-most single-lens reflex cameras have a rating of 10-20 Wh;

-most portable cameras have a rating of 20-40 Wh;

-most tablets and laptops have a rating of 30-100 Wh;

-most devices do not exceed 100 Wh.)

IV.Lithium battery devices or spare lithium batteries that exceed 100 Wh but are no higher than 160 Wh shall be declared to China Southern Airlines for approval. Under this guideline, you are limited to 2 spare lithium batteries in your carry-on.

V.It is forbidden to carry on lithium battery-powered devices or spare lithium batteries that exceed 160 Wh (powered wheelchairs that use lithium batteries are allowed).

VI.Safeguard measures for carrying on spare lithium batteries

To prevent explosions or combustion due to scratches, impacts, or short-circuiting, place lithium batteries individually in their original retail packaging, plastic bags, or in protective cases, or cover any exposed electrodes with tape.

VII.Electric self-balancing vehicles cannot be carried on the plane.

Liquids

1. All liquids, gels, and aerosols must be stored in containers with a maximum capacity of 100 ml. Any items over 100 ml (even if not full) are not allowed in the cabin and must be placed in checked baggage.

2. All liquid containers should fit comfortably inside a re-sealable transparent plastic bag with a maximum capacity of 1 liter (L). Each passenger can only have one transparent plastic bag and shall transport any liquids which exceed this limit in their checked baggage.

3. The plastic bag used to hold liquids must be checked separately at the security checkpoint. Baby formula, milk, or breast milk (only for passengers travelling with infants) and other required liquid medicines brought by diabetics or other patients should be submitted for inspection with appropriate labelling at the security checkpoint. Liquid medicines should also be stored in 100 ml containers in a transparent plastic bag.

4. Any liquids purchased beyond the security checkpoint within the airport terminal can be carried on board.



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