Baggage FAQs

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How many bags may I carry on?

You may bring one carry-on item onboard the aircraft, plus one personal item. See our Baggage page for further information.

Passengers travelling on Delta Connection flights with 50 seats or less are permitted to carry personal items onboard the aircraft.  Due to limited overhead and under seat space, larger items will be tagged with a pink Gate Claim/Planeside tag and loaded in the cargo bin.  These bags will be returned to the passenger upon deplaning

All carry-on items must meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and may not exceed 22" x 14" x 9". The FAA mandates that all carry-on items fit under a seat or in an enclosed storage compartment.

Our gate or flight personnel may need to further limit the amount of carry-on baggage for a particular flight, depending on the cabin storage capacity of the plane and the expected number of passengers.

Are there exceptions to the carry-on allowance rule?

Yes. See our Baggage page for more information.

Can Medallion members continue to check bags at no charge?

Effective for tickets purchased on or after December 15, 2011 for travel on or after March 1, 2012, Silver Medallion and SkyTeam Elite members may check one bag up to 70 lbs (32kg) at no charge on Delta and Delta Connection operated flights. Silver Medallions holding a Reserve, Platinum or Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express (as the Primary Cardholder) may continue to check a second bag up 70 lbs (32kg) free of charge on Delta and Delta Connection flights.  First and second baggage fee waivers apply to up to nine people traveling in the eligible Silver Medallion member’s reservation. This rule will apply to Economy Class tickets within or between the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Canada.  Silver Medallions ticketing before December 15, 2011 may continue to check two free pieces up to 70 lbs (32kg).

Delta SkyMiles Gold, Platinum and Diamond Medallion members and SkyTeam Elite Plus members may continue to check two bags up to 70 lbs (32kg) at no charge on Delta and Delta Connection operated flights.  This benefit will apply to up to nine people on the eligible members reservation.

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What is the checked baggage policy for SkyTeam Elite/ElitePlus customers traveling on Delta?

SkyTeam Elite/ElitePlus customers in the Economy cabin are subject to the current checked baggage fees. For full details and baggage fees, visit the Baggage page.

Do bag fees apply to all passengers traveling internationally?

Some bag fees apply to passengers traveling to Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Europe and Mexico. The latest updates and exceptions to these fees can be found on the Baggage page.

What bag fees apply to international passengers who have connections/stopovers within the U.S.?

If all flights are on the same itinerary, international fees and rules apply to passengers traveling internationally with a connection or stopover the U.S.

If an international passenger travels to the U.S. and continues their travel within the U.S. on a separate ticket, domestic rules apply.

Complete rules can be found on the Baggage page.

Do checked bag fees apply to all U.S. territories?

No. The current checked bag fees only apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

What is the checked baggage policy for active U.S. Military personnel?

If you are: 1) active duty U.S. military personnel on orders to or from duty stations and dependents traveling with them; or 2) active U.S. military dependents traveling on relocation orders, you may check the following at no charge:

  • Up to four bags in Economy Class on Delta and in all cabins on Delta Connection flights.
  • Up to five bags in BusinessElite, First and Business Class on Delta aircraft only.

 Note: each bag may weigh up to 70 lbs. (32 kg) and measure up to 80 linear inches (203 cm).

Additionally, active military personnel traveling on personal business on Delta and Delta Connection operated flights may check two bags up to 50 lbs (23 kg) and 62 linear inches (158 cm) at no charge.

Are golf clubs considered part of the free domestic baggage allowance for Medallions, First and Business Class pasengers and SkyMiles Credit Cardholders?

One golf bag may be accepted as checked baggage, and overweight fees will apply to bags that exceed 50 lbs. For detailed information on traveling with sports equipment, see Special Items.

How can I ensure that my baggage will arrive with me?

We require outside personal identification on all checked baggage. We also recommend inside identification details, just in case the outside identification gets lost.

Remember to always carry medicine, money, valuable documents, keys, jewelry, cameras and other small fragile items in your carry-on luggage, just in case your baggage is separated from you for a time. And remember to never lock your luggage.

If I pack my camera in a suitcase, will it be covered under Delta's liability?

Unfortunately, we cannot assume liability for jewelry, cash, camera equipment or other similar valuable items contained in checked or unchecked baggage on domestic flights. See the Delayed, Lost or Damaged  page for more information.

Are carry-on items included in Delta's baggage liability?

We do not assume liability for unchecked items unless they are given to our personnel for storage during the flight or otherwise delivered into our custody for travel.

Does my walking cane have to be stowed in a specific area on the aircraft?

Federal regulations require that a cane must be stowed for take off and landings in an approved storage compartment. This includes the area under passenger seats, as long as the cane doesn't protrude into the aisle or otherwise disturb the crew or other passengers.


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