As of October 2009, Air Canada's luggage rules are similar to those of many other major airlines operating in North America. Passengers are permitted one standard carry-on plus one personal item, and two or three bags can be checked for free.
The standard carry-on bag is limited to 23 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm (9 inches x 15.5 inches x 21.5 inches) and 22 lbs. The personal item is limited to 16 cm x 33 cm x 43 cm (6 inches x 13 inches x 17 inches) and 22 lbs.
All passengers' free bags are limited to a height/width/length total up to 158 cm (62 inches). Economy class passengers can check two free bags, each weighing no more than 50 lbs. Star Alliance Gold members traveling in economy class can check three bags. Executive class passengers can check three free bags weighing up to 70 lbs.
Oversized or Excess Items
Bags that exceed the weight or measurement limits, or which are in excess of the free checked luggage limit, will be assessed a fee ranging from $75 to $200 CAD.
Liability for lost, delayed or damaged luggage is limited to $1,500 CAD for flights within Canada. Liability varies for flights with international segments; contact Air Canada for clarification.
Consult Air Canada's website for any variations from this information before your flight. Changes in security requirements might also alter Air Canada policies.
Article Written By Erica Leigh
Erica Leigh has been writing and editing professionally since 2005, contributing to an education nonprofit, renewable energy companies and various websites. She is also a volunteer mechanic for a community bike workshop. Leigh holds bachelor's degrees in both anthropology and linguistics from the University of Washington.