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About KLM

Booked your flight with KLM? Before you pack your bags, learn about KLM Baggage Policy, so that you don’t overpack and end up paying excess baggage fees. KLM has a very flexible policy and offers a seamless experience to its passengers. Moreover, being the legacy carrier of the Netherlands, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is one of the major airlines in Europe. It operates scheduled passenger services to over 145 destinations worldwide.

KLM Baggage Allowance Policy

When you travel with KLM, it is very important for you to know how much you can pack, and which items are allowed on board. Here is our guideline to KLM Baggage Allowance Policy, which every KLM passenger must adhere to. Check out the policies:

  • KLM allows its passengers to bring free carry-on hand baggage and one personal item onboard.
  • The allowance, however, depends on the size and weight of the luggage.
  • KLM Baggage Allowance depends on the type of cabin class you are traveling to.
  • You may bring 12 kg of extra hand baggage if you are traveling with an infant.
  • All baggage exceeding the maximum size and weight limitation will be subject to space availability in the aircraft. The airline will charge additional baggage fees for extra luggage.
  • Excess carry-on baggage are subject to being checked and charged as additional baggage.
  • You can also bring sports equipment, but certain items might have applicable fees.

KLM Carry On Allowance

KLM Carry-on baggage allowance depends on the type of ticket you hold and the cabin class you are traveling. Here is our guide to KLM’s carry-on allowance under KLM Baggage Policy:

  • Economy Class Allowance
  • You are allowed to bring 1 item of hand baggage with a maximum size of 55 × 35 × 25 cm, including handles and wheels.
  • 1 personal item, like a small handbag or a laptop bag with a maximum size of 40 × 30 × 15 cm.
  • Your hand baggage can have a combined weight of up to 18 kg.
  • Business Class Allowance
  • You are allowed to bring 2 items of hand baggage with a maximum size of 55 × 35 × 25 cm, including handles and wheels.
  • 1 personal item, like a small handbag or a laptop bag with a maximum size of 40 × 30 × 15 cm.
  • Your hand baggage can have a combined weight of up to 18 kg.
  • Premium Comfort Class Allowance
  • You are allowed to bring 2 items of hand baggage with a maximum size of 55 × 35 × 25 cm, including handles and wheels.
  • 1 personal item, like a small handbag or a laptop bag with a maximum size of 40 × 30 × 15 cm.
  • Your hand baggage can have a combined weight of up to 18 kg.
  • Hand Baggage For Babies

If the infant is traveling on your lap, you can bring 1 item with a maximum size of 55 × 35 × 25 cm and a weight up to 12 kg. However, the number of bags you can carry on board for your kids will differ if your children do not have their own seats.

Checked Baggage Allowance

KLM Checked baggage allowance depends on the cabin class. If you are traveling on a business class, you may be entitled to bring additional luggage with you. Here is our guide to KLM’s checked baggage allowance.

  • Economy Class Allowance

In Economy class, the number of checked bags you can bring depends on your destination and ticket type. However, if you are bringing extra luggage, you can always purchase extra bags during or after booking.

  • No checked baggage will be allowed to Light ticket holders.
  • Standard or Flex ticket holders are allowed to bring 1 item of checked baggage up to 158 cm, including handles and wheels and with a maximum weight of 23 kg.
  • On some routes, you can bring 1 additional checked bag on top of the regular allowance.
  • Business Class Allowance
  • You are allowed to bring 2 items of checked baggage with a maximum size of 158cm, including handles and wheels.
  • Your checked baggage must not exceed 32 kg.
  • Premium Comfort Class Allowance
  • Premium Comfort Class passengers are allowed to bring 2 items of checked baggage.
  • Each bag must not exceed a maximum size of 158 cm, including handles and wheels.
  • Your checked baggage must not exceed up to 23 kg.
  • Checked Baggage For Babies
  • If you have purchased a seat for your kid, then the baggage allowance will depend on their ticket type.
  • If you have purchased a ticket type that includes checked baggage, then you are entitled to bring 1 checked baggage of 10 kg for your infant.
  • Irregular Size or Packed Baggage

The airline will reject your luggage, if the packing or shape causes damage or blocks the baggage handling system. Ball shaped luggage or baggage packed with cling film that’s meant for food packaging.

KLM Special Baggage Allowance

KLM allows its passengers to bring different kinds of special baggage with you on your KLM flight. The special baggage may include sports equipment, musical instruments, remains of the human body, wedding dress, infant strollers or car seats, etc. Check out what you can bring on board, under KLM’s special baggage allowance:

Sports Equipment

  • Bicycle

You can bring your bicycle or tandem on your KLM flight. However, you may have to pay a fee for that. Furthermore, you need to make the reservation in advance, but no later than 48 hours before departure. The bike should have a maximum weight of 23 kg and a maximum size of 300 cm. You can bring electric bicycles only if you have removed its batteries.

  • Golfing Equipment

Only Standard or Flex ticket holders are allowed to bring Golfing equipment, instead of a checked baggage without having to make a reservation. It can be up to 300 cm and up to 23 kg in Economy Class and Premium Comfort Class or 32 kg in Business Class. The golf set consists of clubs, balls, and a pair of golf shoes. Light ticket holders need to pay a fee to check in your golfing equipment.

Flying Blue Members are allowed to bring 1 golf bag, containing 1 golf equipment, with a maximum weight of 23 kg on top of your standard checked baggage allowance.

  • Skis and Snowboards

KLM allows its passengers to bring skis or snowboard equipment instead of an item of checked baggage without having to make a reservation. It can be up to 300 cm and up to 23 kg in Economy Class and Premium Comfort Class or 32 kg in Business Class. A set of ski equipment can include a pair of skis, a pair of ski poles, and a pair of ski boots. A set of snowboards may consist of a board and a pair of snowboard boots.

  • Avalanche Rescue Backpack

KLM allows you to bring one avalanche rescue backpack instead of a hand bag or checked baggage or to pack it in your suitcase. The avalanche rescue backpacks with an explosive trigger mechanism are not allowed on KLM flights.

  • Surfing Equipment

KLM allows its passengers to bring surfing equipment instead of an item of checked baggage. Surfing equipment may include wave, boogie, or body. Windsurfing can consist of a board, mast, sail, and boom, which must be packed in a quiver bag. The kitesurfing equipment may include a board and a kite packed in a kite bag.

  • Diving Equipment

You can bring your diving equipment instead of a checked baggage. In addition, you will need to make a reservation for the transport. You can bring a wetsuit, vest, socks, mask, shoes, flippers, knife, regulator, and air cylinders. Ensure the air cylinder or scuba tank is empty and the valve is open or removed.

  • Fishing Equipment

A set of fishing equipment may consist of rods, a reel, a landing net, a pair of fishing boots, and a fishing tackle box.

  • Weapons for Shooting

You are allowed to bring unloaded firearms and ammunition for shooting, instead of a checked baggage. You are also allowed to bring up to 5 kg worth of sports ammunition, a shooting mat, small tools, and hearing protector.

Musical Instrument

KLM allows its passengers to bring musical instruments on board, as hand baggage, checked baggage or transport it on an extra seat, depending on the size and weight. The policies may vary, so here is our guide to musical instruments on board.

  • As Hand Baggage
  • You are allowed to bring a musical instrument along with you if it meets the size of a regular hand baggage item.
  • The dimensions should not exceed 55 × 35 × 25 cm and weigh within 12 kg  in Economy Class and Premium Comfort Class and 18 kg in Business Class.
  • If it meets the above criteria, then you do not have to make any reservation.
  • Instrument on an Extra Seat
  • If the musical instrument weighs up to 45 kg, then you can keep it in an extra seat.
  • The maximum allowed dimensions should be within 140 cm.
  • If you are flying on an European flight operated by Embraer aircraft, the dimension should be not more than 122 cm.
  • As Checked Baggage
  • You have to pay an excess fee for overweight or oversize baggage if the musical instrument weighs between 32 kg and 45 kg or it is larger than 300 cm.
  • You have to make a reservation for the instrument, at least 48 hours before the departure.

Wedding Dress

KLM never does anything to spoil your big day. You are entitled to bring your wedding dress on board with you. If you are flying intercontinental and there’s enough storage space, you can bring it on board with you instead of hand baggage. Ensure, you pack the wedding dress in a clothing bag that meets the regular hand baggage weight and size restrictions.

Urn

You can bring an urn either in your hand baggage or in your checked baggage as long as it is not made of metal. Ensure the urn is sealed and wrapped. You must show the crematorium certificate during the security check at the airport.

Escorting Human Remains

You need to directly contact a specialized funeral director or cargo agent if you need to travel to escort a coffin. 

KLM Baggage Policy for Pets

KLM only transports cats and dogs in the cabin and hold. In addition, the number of pets on board depends on the type of aircraft and destination. You must make the reservation in advance and no later than 48 hours before the flight’s scheduled departure. Here is KLM’s guideline to pets on board.

  • Pets in the Cabin
  • The pet should be at least 15 weeks old.
  • You can bring only one cat or dog with you, when traveling on Economy Class or when traveling in Business Class within Europe.
  • The pet should fit in a closed pet travel bag and or kennel.
  • The dimension of the kennel should be within 46 × 28 × 24 cm.
  • The pet along with the kennel should not weigh more than 8 kg.
  • If you are flying on Premium Comfort Class or on a Business Class on an intercontinental route, then the airline will not accept any pets in the cabin.
  • Pets in the Hold
  • You can bring 3 pets in the hold and they can share the same kennel, if they weigh not more than  75 kg.
  • There should be either 2 adult animals of comparable size or 3 animals up to 6 months old from the same litter.
  • The combined weight of the animal and the kennel shouldn’t be more than 75 kg.
  • The kennel can be maximum 122 × 81 × 89 cm on KLM flights.
  • You cannot bring your pet on hold, if you have a transfer time of more than 3 hours or your flight is operated by Boeing 787-9 or 787-10 aircraft.
  • Cat breeds that KLM doesn’t allow are- Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, and Persian cats.
  • Dog breeds that KLM doesn’t allow are- Boston Terrier, Boxer, Affenpinscher, Brussels Griffon, Bulldog, Cane Corso, Chow Chow, Great Dane, Lhassa Apso, Mastiff, Pekingese, Petit Brabancon, Pug, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Spaniel, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

KLM Baggage Fees

If you somehow need to bring more luggage on your trip, then you may have to pay KLM baggage fee for those extra luggage. However, the fees also depend on the type of fare you hold and the destination. Check out.

  • Each piece of check-in baggage must not exceed 23 kg or 32 kg according to the class of travel.
  • The dimension of each piece of check-in baggage should be within 158 cm (Height + Length  Width).
  • Passengers on Economy Class on intercontinental flights from the USA and Canada to Africa, Middle East, and Asia, are allowed to bring 1 item of check-in baggage, with maximum weight of 23 kg and maximum dimension of 158 cm.
  • Passengers on Business Class are allowed to bring 2 items of checked-in baggage, with maximum weight of 32 kg and maximum dimension of 158 cm.

Economy Class on the United States, Europe and Canada

  • Light ticket holders are allowed 1 piece of hand baggage.
  • Standard and Flex ticket holders are allowed to bring 1 piece of hand baggage and 1 piece of check-in baggage.
  • If you are a member of Flying Blue Platinum, Silver, and Gold, then you are entitled to bring 1 extra piece of Check-in baggage, with a dimension of 158 cm and should not weigh more than 23 kg. This also applies to all SkyTeam operated flights and Flying Blue Explorer members have the same baggage allowance as regular passengers.
  • It also applies to flights between continental Europe and Algeria, Israel, Morocco, and Tunisia.

Special Cases for Economy Class

In some exceptional cases, passengers on Economy Class are allowed to carry a second piece of baggage, which should not weigh more than 23 kg and the size should not exceed 158 cm, free of charge. Here is a list:

Between Paris or Amsterdam to Africa, except Cape Town, AirFrance operated by Joon2 pieces, 23 kg max/piece
Between the USA and/or Canada and/or Mexico to Africa2 pieces, 23 kg max/piece
For trips that include 1st flights that depart from Brazil (valid for tickets purchased in Brazil only)2 pieces, 23 kg max/piece
If you are traveling to or from Antananarivo, Moroni, Noumea, or Dzaoudzi2 pieces, 23 kg max/piece
If you are traveling to or from Pointe-a-Pitre, Fort-de-France, Saint-martin, Port au Prince, Cayenne, Reunion or if you are traveling from Port au Prince to Miami1 piece, 23 kg max/piece

Excess Baggage Fees

On airport baggage Fees1st piece2nd piece3rd piece and more
Orly to Ajjacio Bastia Calvi Figari357070
Within France (Short Haul)357070
Intra Caribbean Network: FDF, SDQ,PTP, PAP, MBJ, SLY, CAY, PUJ55200
Europe, including Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco + Israel407070
Between France and DOM (FDF, PTP, CAY, RUNEUR 60USD 70100100
Between MIA, FDF, PTP, PAP, CAYEUR 65USD 75EUR 240USD 285
Between the US and Europe + FDF, PTP, CAY, RUN, NOU & IsraelEUR 50USD 60EUR 85USD 100EUR 240USD 285
Between the USA and rest of the world75200
Between Canada and Europe + FDF, PTP, CAY, RUN, NOU CAD 75EUR 50CAD 120EUR 85CAD 330EUR 240
Between Canada and rest of the worldCAD 90CAD 240
Between Europe and Libya, Middle East75200
All Others100200

KLM Damaged, Lost or Delayed Baggage Policy

If due to mishandle or any other reason the airline loses your bag, or your luggage arrives late, or the baggage is damaged, then KLM Baggage Policy lets you file a complaint and if eligible, you will receive compensation as well.

  • If you feel the airline has somehow lost your luggage or you haven’t received your luggage, then you can file a complaint within 48 hours after your arrival.
  • You will receive a file reference number, which can help you keep track of your baggage status.
  • If somehow your luggage gets damaged during the transport, then you need to file a complaint with the airline and if you are eligible, then you will be compensated.

Restricted Items

KLM takes strict measures to ensure safety and security for its passengers. To protect safety during your journey with KLM, the airline has made some restricted items, which are strictly prohibited on a KLM flight. Here is a list of restricted items, which you are not allowed to bring on board with you:

Restricted Items in Hand Baggage

  • You are not allowed to bring self-balancing or personal movement devices that operate on a lithium battery, even if the battery is disconnected or removed.
  • The self-balancing devices include Hoverboards, airboards, Oxboards, E-skates, waveboards, and U-runners.
  • Firearms, including pistol, revolvers, rifles, toy guns, replicas, imitation firearms, air pistol, air rifles, pellet guns, BB guns, flare guns, starting pistols, bows, crossbows, arrows, harpoon guns, spear guns, slingshots, and catapults.
  • Pointed or edged objects, including axes, blades, scissors, etc.
  • Workmen’s tools, blunt instruments, explosives, flammable items, chemical or toxic substances, etc. are strictly prohibited.
  • If you are flying to the Philippines, Kenya, Tanzania, or Rwanda on a KLM flight, then you are not allowed to bring jewelry, or amulets made out of living bullets or empty bullet shells. You are also not allowed to carry any kind of plastic bags, while traveling in these countries.

Restricted Items in Checked Baggage

  • You are not allowed to bring self-balancing or personal movement devices that operate on a lithium battery, even if the battery is disconnected or removed.
  • The self-balancing devices include Hoverboards, airboards, Oxboards, E-skates, waveboards, and U-runners.
  • Firearms, including pistol, revolvers, rifles, toy guns, replicas, imitation firearms, air pistol, air rifles, pellet guns, BB guns, flare guns, starting pistols, bows, crossbows, arrows, harpoon guns, spear guns, slingshots, and catapults.
  • Pointed or edged objects, including axes, blades, scissors, etc.
  • Workmen’s tools, blunt instruments, explosives, flammable items, chemical or toxic substances, etc. are strictly prohibited.
  • You are not allowed to bring any products of animal origin including the parts of animals.
  • If you are flying to the Philippines, Kenya, Tanzania, or Rwanda on a KLM flight, then you are not allowed to bring jewelry, or amulets made out of living bullets or empty bullet shells. You are also not allowed to carry any kind of plastic bags, while traveling in these countries.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does KLM charge for baggage?

    If you bring excess baggage or your checked in baggage weighs more than the restricted numbers, then you must pay for the extra luggage.

  • How much does KLM charge for extra baggage?

    KLM’s extra baggage fee totally depends on the route, fare type or cabin class.

  • What should I do if I lose my bag or if my baggage is delayed or damaged?

    If you are at the airport, you can go to the KLM counter and report about the issue. If the luggage is damaged and the airline is responsible, then the airline will reimburse you.

  • How much does KLM charge to arrange extra baggage?

    You may have to pay EUR 20 to EUR 70 on flights within Europe, and between EUR 30 to EUR 240 on intercontinental flights.

  • What is KLM baggage fee?

    KLM’s  baggage fee depends on the route, faretype, and destination. However, KLM’s baggage fee ranges between EUR 30 to EUR 330.

  • What should I do if my luggage is damaged or delayed?

    In case of a damaged or delayed luggage, the passenger must issue a complaint with the airline within 24 hours in the United States and 7 days of arrival for international destination. If the damage on the luggage was done due to the airline’s fault, then KLM will compensate you.

  • Can I carry my pet on board?

    KLM allows only cats and dogs onboard. However, the pet should be at least 15 weeks old and the total dimension and the weight of the pet must meet the airline’s requirement.

  • How do I pay for the extra luggage?

    You can pay for  the extra luggage at the airport counter,or online,via KLM’s official website.

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