Carry-on Baggage

Every aircraft in our fleet is designed to accommodate carry-on baggage. However, everything you bring onboard must conform to Transport Canada's restrictions governing size and weight, as outlined below:

Aircraft Carry-on size limit Carry-on weight limit
Boeing 737, Dash-8

23cm X 37cm X 51cm

9" X 14.5" X 20" (inches)

5kg (11lb)
Twin Otter

23cm X 33cm X 33cm

9" X 13" X 13" (inches)

5kg (11lb)
King Air *

20cm X 30cm X 33cm

8" X 12" X 13" (inches)

5kg (11lb)

* Due to limited space on the King Air, carry-on baggage and personal items will be loaded at the back of the aircraft.


In addition to the carry-on allowance, each passenger may carry one of the following items at no additional cost:

  • Laptop computer
  • Camera
  • Diaper bag
  • Coat or other outer garment
  • Small purse
  • Umbrella
  • Collapsible stroller
  • Food in disposable packages
  • Child safety seat
  • Assistive devices (braces, crutches, walkers
  • and canes)
  • CPAP Machine
  • Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC)

Carry-on baggage must fit in the sizing device at check-in, as well as under the seat in front of you or in the overhead compartment onboard the aircraft.

Air Inuit will not accept any lithium battery-powered vehicles. Please refer to Prohibited Items & Dangerous Goods for more details. 

Preparing for security makes flying easier

There are lots of things to think about when planning a trip, and it’s easy to leave luggage to the last minute. But knowing what you can bring on a plane and where to pack it can make going through airport security screening easier. Here are some travel tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), the organization that performs pre-flight security screening in many Canadian airports.

How to properly pack your carry-on bag

In your carry-on bag, liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) must be in containers of 100 ml or less and fit in a 1 L bag. You can bring LAGs in containers of more than 100 ml with you on your trip, but they must be packed in your checked baggage. Bringing a baby on-board?  If you are travelling with an infant younger than two years of age (0-24 months), liquids for the baby such as milk, liquid formula, water and juice of any size are allowed in both your carry-on and checked baggage however, baby toiletries (e.g. shampoo and lotions) are still subject to the LAGS rule.

The on-going pandemic has made this item essential and you are allowed to bring some with you, however, the container cannot be more than 350 ml per person. If you decide to bring a larger container make sure it’s in your checked bag.

Prescription and non-prescription medications (e.g. contact lens solution, cough syrup, gel capsules) can go in either carry-on or checked luggage, and they’re also exempt from the 100 ml liquids limit. If you are travelling with liquid medicine that doesn’t have a label, tell the screening officer that the liquid is medicine before you start your screening. Large bottles of pills made with inorganic powder and granular materials (e.g. glucosamine supplements) are limited to a quantity of 350 ml per passenger in your carry-on bag.

You can bring solid foods like nuts, candy and sandwiches in your carry-on bag to eat on the plane. But remember that 100 ml rule – foods that are pureed, mashed or mixed in a sauce (e.g. apple sauce, pudding, soup) count as a liquid and are restricted in your carry-on bag. If you’re travelling with food that you plan to eat later, put it in your checked baggage to reduce search time at the checkpoint.

Knives and other sharp items can go in your carry-on bag if the blade is less than 6 cm – if it’s longer than that, it needs to go in your checked bag. Some lighters, such as torch lighters, are not permitted in carry-on and require your airline’s approval to be in checked baggage (it’s easier to just leave these at home).

If you are travelling with a sacred item, such as a medicine pouch or sacred bundle, and it requires special handling at the checkpoint, let the screening officer know before you start your screening. Although these items need to be screened, CATSA screening officers are able to give these items special consideration and care. For example, you can request that the item be screened in private or that it not be touched by a screening officer of a specific gender, if required.

If you need extra help, look for the family/special-needs line, which has larger screening equipment to accommodate items like mobility aids and baby strollers. Screening officers are also available to assist passengers who need more time or help during screening.

Keep this advice in mind even if you’re leaving  from a smaller airport that doesn’t have CATSA screening services, because screening could happen at a later stage of the journey, either at a transfer point at another airport or on the way home. Planning ahead for security screening means an easier journey through the airport to your final destination.

For additional information or to submit a question, you can visit CATSA’s website at, call 1-888-294-2202 Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST, or reach out to CATSA on Facebook or Twitter.

For a complete list of non-permitted and prohibited items, please consult the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority guidelines at

Questions about checked baggage?

For more information on our baggage allowance, click below.

Baggage Allowance