Special baggage regulations for travel to/from or via the USA or Canada


Under a consumer protection law (Us DoT Order 2009-9-20) issued by the US Department of Transportation, the following baggage regulations apply for travel to/from or via the USA.

The Canadian Transportation Agency has also issued an equivalent law (CTA Decision No. 144-A-2014) that has been in force since 1 April 2014.

  • Consistent baggage rules must be observed for all parts of a journey to/from or across the USA (e.g. free baggage allowance, dimensions/weight of each bag, carry-on baggage).
  • The baggage rules set by the airline which is listed first on the ticket are those that usually apply here. If Lufthansa is listed on the first flight segment of your ticket, then Lufthansa’s baggage regulations will apply to your entire journey (outbound and return flight). Rules on carry-on baggage may vary (local laws).
  • Exception: any airline which is listed as the first carrier on the ticket is at liberty to transfer the baggage rule stipulation to another airline in the itinerary (the ‘Most Significant Carrier’).
  • Lufthansa therefore cannot guarantee that, for a Lufthansa-issued ticket, the Lufthansa baggage rules will always apply. (Airlines often have differing baggage rules).

Please also read the detailed information on both these regulations:

For travel to/from the USA (Us DoT Order 2009-9-20)

For travel to/from Canada (CTA Decision No. 144-A-2014)


Details of the free baggage allowance applying to your individual
flight will be shown on your ticket and in the e-mail confirmation which
you receive from Lufthansa.