Delta Personal Item Size Guide – What are the Carry On Luggage Sizes for Delta Airlines?

So, have you booked tickets on Delta Airlines to go to that holiday place you ever wanted to go to? Or are you travelling on business, or just to see your folks? Either way, you have to worry about what kind of luggage they would allow on the plane, and what should be the carry on size. So, today we will talk about Delta personal item size and carry on rules & fees with Delta airlines. 

It is often confusing for us to decide whether to check your bag, or to take it as a carry on. If you want to choose the later, you would have to know all about the carry on luggage size Delta provides, and the personal item fees. Also, you need to know what is allowed in a carry on bag, and how big a carry on bag can be, and Delta airline luggage fees etc. In this article, we will explain all of these. 

Carry On Luggage Rules 

If you are not sure about checking your bag in, you can take it as a carry on or a personal item in your Delta flight. However, there are rigid set of rules around Delta carry on or the personal items you can carry on Delta flights. These rules may vary between classes. The rules of delta basic economy baggage are explained below. 

Personal items allowed on a Delta flight 

Personal items allowed on a Delta flight

You can take two kinds of personal items on a Delta flight: 

  • Approved personal items: This is a small personal bag or other kind of container. It should be able to fit beneath the airplane seat in front of yours. The following types of carry on bags are allowed on Delta flights: 
    • 1 purse, briefcase, small backpack, camera bag or diaper bag 
    • 1 laptop bag (computers cannot be checked, unless directed to by security) 
    • 1 item of similar or smaller size to those listed above 
  • Free carry on items: This can be something you have to use inside the Delta flight, on your person. This may include Delta personal assistance items like crutches or strollers, or it may be as simple as jackets or overcoats. You Delta flight attendant will be there to help you with the larger personal assistance items. The free carry on items on Delta are: 
    • A jacket and/or umbrella
    • Food or drink purchased past the security checkpoint
    • Duty-free merchandise
    • Special items like strollers, wheelchairs, child safety seats or assistive devices like crutches

Note: You can take both 1 approved personal item and 1 free carry on item together in Delta flights. Also, if you got the bulkhead seats, you will have to store your Delta personal items in the overhead bin or some other place, since those seats won’t have any storage space underneath them. 

General rules concerning Delta personal items 

general rules delta personal items
  • Personal items are allowed only on Delta Connection flights with 50 seats or less. 
  • You can bring one personal item and one carry on bag or case on a Delta flight. 
  • All Delta carry on items have to be smaller than 22 inches long, 14 inches wide, and 9 inches tall. (The measurements may be taken from any direction, really, the directions are not important.) Also, they must somehow fit in an onboard storage compartment allotted to passengers or under the seat. 
  • All Delta personal items must meet FAA regulations. 
  • Some larger items may be marked by a pink tag and placed in cargo bin, if there are space shortages. 
  • In some flights, due to special conditions of weather, technical issues, or overloaded flight, the flight personnel may need to send some Delta personal items in storage. 
  • Delta airlines will not take any responsibility or liability for lost, stolen, or damaged personal items. 
  • You may need to get special permission to carry possibly harmful items in your Delta carry on bag, like razors or chemicals. This is made clear in the TSA guidelines

Items allowed in your Delta carry on baggage 

To be frank, Delta is quite mellow about the personal items you can carry in you carry on bags. But there are some things that are quite sensibly prohibited or regulated on a Delta flight. Most of the limitations are about the size or volume of the fluid or paste items in containers. The following rules are enforced on Delta carry on items:  

Delta Air Personal Items liquids guide
  • Any fluid/gel/paste/cream type of item containers cannot be greater than 3.4 oz (100 ml). 
  • Above is true for the size of the container, not the amount of the liquid/paste inside the container. Meaning, you cannot carry a more than half empty bottle of drink if the bottle is 200 ml. It’s the bottle’s size that Delta would check. 
  • All such bottles, tubes and packs must be placed in a single quart-size ziplock plastic bag. 
  • When you are at the security checkpoint, you will have to place that bag separately in a bin. 
  • The list of items on which these restrictions can be applied include: beverages, gels, aerosols or gases, liquids, sprays, creams, hair gels, hair sprays, shampoos, suntan lotions, body oil, toothpaste, shaving cream or gel – pretty much everything you find in a can, tube, small bottle, or little glass vials.  
  • Special provisions can be made for baby formula, breast milk, medicines and such. This will have to follow the TSA guidelines, and if approved, you can get a convenient special screening too. 
Delta Air items allowed in carry on

Carrying duty free items on Delta 

Some countries, states or regions allow you to purchase duty free items through a program. And if the country you are arriving at recognizes that program, they will let you keep that item with you.  

The basic Delta duty free items rules are as follows: 

  • The duty free item you purchased has to be carries in a specially sealed bag. Generally, this is provided by the vendor themselves. 
  • If you are travelling by Delta within the same country or region that provides the program, then that item won’t be questioned. You can take it in your carry on, provided it fits. 
  • If you going to a country that doesn’t recognize the source country’s duty free item program (it may happen due to political reasons), two things may happen: 
    • Either you will be allowed to place the Delta duty free item in a checked baggage, or, 
    • Depending on the nature of the item, and the laws of that country or region, it may get confiscated. 

For more information on the laws of what items are allowed through airport security or not, please visit the following common international transport authorities. 

Delta Carry On Size & Dimensions 

The carry on luggage size in Delta airlines flights are restricted to the following rules: 

  • Each carry on baggage size on a Delta flight must be within the following dimensions:  
    • Length: 22” (56 cm
    • Width: 14” (35 cm
    • Height: 9” (23 cm
  • Each Delta personal luggage must fit within the storage space provided. In case of Delta, it is generally the area underneath the seat before yours. 
  • Even if your luggage deviates a bit from the 22” x 14” x 9” (56 cm x 35 cm x 23 cm) rule, don’t worry. As long as the three dimensions combined together do not exceed 45” (114 cm) in total, they can try to fit it somehow. 
  • Please note that the Delta carry-on sizes mentioned above is including any handles, wheels or other stuff extending from the baggage.  
  • Carrying musical instruments on Delta: These rules are eased up if you are carrying a small musical instrument with you, like a flute. If it can fit in the storage space easily, Delta won’t mind size restrictions about it. Anything bigger will of course have to be checked in. 
  • Delta doesn’t have weight restrictions on carry on baggage. However, in the following airports there are some weight restrictions on personal items: 
    • SIN (Singapore) – 15 lbs. or 7 kg max for all flights 
    • PEK (Beijing) – 10 kg max for domestic flights, airline rules for international flights 
    • PVG (Shanghai) – 22 lbs. Or 10 kg max for all flights 

Delta checked bag fees 

As long as you are following the Delta baggage weight restrictions, the Delta airline baggage fees are as follows:  

  • For all Basic Economy, Main Cabin, and Delta Premium Select passengers, your first checked bag will cost $30 USD.  
  • For your second checked bag in Delta, the fee is $40 USD
  • Both the Delta checked bags should be under the 50 lbs. (23 kgs) for standard passengers. If you are travelling in the First class, Business class, or as Delta One, then you can instead follow the 70 lbs. Delta weight limit. 
  • All of the above are applied to each way you travel. That is, it is counted per Delta flight, not per journey. 
  • The carry on bags in Delta are free if they follow the Delta carry on size and weight restrictions. 
  • If you are a Delta SkyMiles Medallion member, or, if you are paying with a Delta SkyMiles American Express Card, then your first Delta bag fee is waived off. The second bag (and onwards) fees remain the same. For more information, please see the Delta First Bag Free offer. 
  • The “first bag free” rule also applies to all Delta passengers (regardless of cabin class or membership) if you traveling to or from PTY or SAL stations, inside America or Canada. Same goes for traveling between LAX and GUA. 
  • The Delta baggage fees given here are general values. Depending on flight, cabin class, offers, military or similar exceptions etc. these prices may change. We have a general Delta luggage fees chart for you below. Best to check carefully when booking. 

Delta Baggage Fees Chart 

The following table shows baggage fees for 1 passenger travelling one way (to or from between the locations given) in the Main Cabin of a Delta flight, for travelling between common sources and destinations. 

Location 1 Location 2 First Bag Fee Second Bag Fee 
USA, Canada USA, Bermuda, Caribbean, Central America, Guyana, Virgin Islands $30 $40 
USA Canada $30 $50 
USA Mexico $30 $55 
USA, Canada El Salvador, Ecuador Free $40 
USA, Canada Panama City Free $40 
USA, Canada, Mexico Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Yemen Free Free USA, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Mexico South America except Ecuador, Guyana Free Free United States, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America except Brazil Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, South/West Africa Free $100 USA, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America except Brazil Europe, North Africa Free 100 USD / 120 CAD / 85 EUR Caribbean, Mexico, Central America Caribbean, Mexico, Central America $30 $40 Europe India Free 75 EUR Japan Guan, Saipan, Palau Free $40 Note: The fee in case of travelling from Canada will be measured in CAD and will be charged as you exit Canada, converted to local currency.

Delta has a nice baggage fee checker tool. However, this baggage fee calculator only works for the standard two checked bags in Delta. Fees go up exponentially if you have excess baggage. More about that coming later.  

Please check this page for detailed information on the Delta Airlines Excess Baggage Rules and Fees. 


  1. If you are flying to or from Key West, Florida on a Delta flight, you will be allowed only ONE checked bag. This rule has no exceptions whatsoever. 
  2. You can never travel with boxes (of any kind or size) to or from Brazil, Mexico, and Chile with a Delta flight – again, no exceptions for this rule. 

Delta baggage weight and size 

General rules for hold luggage 

The Delta baggage dimensions, weight and count rules are fairly straightforward for Delta airlines. They are as follows: 

  • You can check only 2 standard bags, cases or boxes in Delta flights. Any more goes into the Delta excess baggage category. However, Delta standard checked baggage fees are described above. 
  • Dimension of Delta baggage – no more than 62” (157 cm) in total (length + width + height) dimensions for each piece of luggage. 
  • Maximum weight of Delta baggage – no more than 50 pounds (23 kg) per piece. However, Delta One, First, and Business passengers may bring 70 pounds per piece of baggage. 
  • Boxes that go into the checked hold of a Delta flight have to be original, factory-sealed. 

Delta excess baggage fees 

Anything that goes beyond the 2-bags 50-pounds rule is considered excess baggage in Delta. You can take up to 10 bags only in a Delta flight, 4 if it’s a Delta Connection flight. Delta carries the luggage on an availability-basis – if the plane you are traveling has no more space in is cargo hold, then the excess baggage will be carried in the next flight. 

Delta fees for extra bags 

  • For your 3rd extra bag in Delta, the fee is $150
  • From the fourth bag upwards, the charge is $200 each. 
  • The above costs are for Delta US domestic flights only. 
  • For Delta international flights, the rules are way too varied to mention here. Please visit this page to find the route specific extra baggage charges for Delta airlines. 

Delta fees for oversize baggage 

  • Oversize baggage in Delta means any box, bag or pack measuring more than 62” (157 cm) in total of the dimensions.  
  • This means that any baggage within 63” (160 cm) to 115” (292 cm) total dimensions are marked as oversize luggage in Delta.  
  • Delta will not accept any baggage more than 115” (292 cm) – you will have to book special cargo aircraft for them. 
  • For USA internal flights, the fees for oversize Delta bags are an additional $200 USD (above the checked/extra baggage fees). Please visit the Delta luggage charges page for details of international flights oversize baggage costs. 

Delta fees for overweight baggage 

  • The standard checked baggage weight for Delta is 50 pounds or 23 kilograms. Anything above that is considered a Delta overweight luggage. 
  • Fees for bags weighing 51 to 70 lbs. (24 to 32 kgs): $100 each. 
  • Fees for bags 71 to 100 lbs. (33 to 46 kgs): $200 each. 
  • Delta will not accept any luggage heavier than 100 lbs. (46 kgs).  
  • The above costs are indicative of Delta US domestic flights only. For overweight baggage charges on international routes in Delta flights, please check the Delta official fees guide. 

FAQ’s about Delta Personal Items

  • What is the maximum carry on size in Delta airlines flights? 
    • 22” x 14” x 9” (56 cm x 35 cm x 23 cm), or, 
    •  45” (114 cm) in total (length + width + height) dimensions
  • What can I carry with me in Delta flights? 
    • You can take 1 personal item and 1 free carry on item together. The carry-on can be a small bag, and the personal item can be a jacket, food or drink, duty-free item packed in special bag, assistive device etc.  
  • Can I carry a feeding bottle / baby formula in my carry on? 
    • Yes, you can, as long as it fits inside your carry on, and is not more than 100 ml or 3.4 oz. If you have any special requirements, you can request assistance from the airplane crew. 
  • What are the fees for sports/musical equipment in Delta? 
    • Anything you carry with you is subjected to the Delta baggage rules and Delta carry on rules. If your sports bags or similar things are within those limits as mentioned above, then they will be charged as per schedule.  
    • If you are carrying a small enough musical instrument that can fit under seat or in the overhead bin, Delta doesn’t count its dimensions. 
  • Is a backpack a carry on item? 
    • Basically, a carry on is defined as mostly any kind of bag you can fit under the airplane seat. If your backpack, fully packed, can fit like that, then the airline should normally allow you to carry it as a personal item. In case of Delta airlines, make sure it falls under their carry on size limits (22” x 14” x 9”). There should be example size bags at ticket counters and gates for easy comparison. 
    • The following table lists the best 10 backpacks for Delta carry on
Product Dimensions Color Best feature Price 
Herschel Classic Backpack 6” x 12.5” x 17.5” Watercolor Durable, tough, stylish looking $20.91 
Champion Manuscript 18” x 11.5” x 6.25” Green camo Good looking, adjustable straps $24.51 
Under Armour Hustle 3.0 9.3″ x 13.6″ x 18.9″ Desert black Extra shoe compartment, waterproof $41.16 
Himawari Laptop Backpack 11″ x 16″ x 6.3″ Navy + pink Great for ladies, usb charging port, padded laptop compartment $39.99 
Rockland Double Handle Rolling Backpack 12″ x 8″ x 20″ Orange Wheels and long handle for easy carry $27.50 
Kenneth Cole Reaction Chelsea Chevron 16.0” x 11.0” x 7.5” Black Great for ladies, sophisticated, rear trolley strap $57.99 
Mancro Anti-Theft Bookbag 20” x 12.2” x 5.7” Grey Great for students, Stylish yet functional, tough $19.99 
BB Traveler 37L Foldable Backpack 12.5” x 6.3” x 19.3” Orange Foldable, good for hiking $17.99 
Vera Bradley Women’s Signature 12.00″ x 16.75″ x 7.50″ Stitched flowers Fully cotton, great for ladies, comfy with many pouches $84.71 
Nike Air Jordan Jumpman 18″ x 12″ x 6″ White Strong and comfortable, with Jordan lifestyle graphic $29.93 
  • How big a carry on bag can be? 
    • A carry on bag can be 22 inches long, 14 inches wide, and 9 inches tall at most. If the bag’s shape is a bit uncommon, then the sum of its dimensions (length + width + height) has to be within 45 inches

A complete Guide for Luggage packing for Delta 

Since airlines have strict rules of how much and what you can carry on their planes, you have to take extra care when packing when packing for a flight. Here is a step by step guide on how to pack properly for travelling in a Delta airlines fight. 

Step 1: Find proper bags or cases 

Delta only allows you to take the following items in a flight: 

  • 2 checked bags or suitcases, each 62” (157 cm) in total dimensions, weighing less than 50 lbs (23 kg) – these have to be checked in 
  •  carry on bag, less than 45” (114 cm) in total dimensions – to take with yourself on the plane 
  • 1 personal item like small food or drinks pack, feeding bottle, umbrella, jacket, crutches etc. – to take with yourself on the plane 

So, bring out your bags and stuff and start measuring them. Since the total dimension is what counts most, measure the bag’s width, length and height (while it is stuffed absolutely full), and then add them. This number has to be smaller than the numbers given above.  

If the number is going beyond the limits mentioned above, you will have to pay a substantial fee for oversize luggage in Delta. 

Step 2: Figure out what you can bring in the bags 

It is well known that there are many things you cannot carry on a plane. This page describes quite well what items you cannot bring on a Delta flight. You have to choose only the items that are not forbidden on Delta flight and gather them together for packing. Make sure you pick out what you want to bring with yourself on the plane, and ready everything else for packing. 

Step 3: Pack it 

Pack your bags neatly. Folding each item properly and placing them cleverly located around the bag (as opposed to dumping everything in the center) will help you pack more stuff in less space. Also, it will be easier to unpack later, or find something particular. It is a good idea to maintain a list of everything you need, and check that list while packing – this will prevent forgetfulness. Don’t stuff your bag too much – under enough pressure, it may split. 

Step 4: Just in case 

Prepare two card boards with your name, contact information and Delta flight information written cleanly on them. Place one of them inside the bag so that it is the first thing seen when opened. Hang or paste the other on the outside of the bag. This way, even if your luggage on a Delta flight is lost or sent in other direction by mistake, somebody can tell you. 

Step 5: Lock up 

Make sure all the zippers, locks and clasps are secure, so that the bag doesn’t accidentally open. It’s actually a better idea to put a luggage strap around it. 

Step 6: Weigh it 

Place your suitcase or bag when packed completely and ready to take out the door. Notice the weight. If it goes beyond the weight limits we mentioned above, you have to pay some extra fees. If you are travelling to a place where both checked in bags are transported free of charge, then it’s a better idea to use two small bags for the same stuff, instead of a one big heavy bag. 

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