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You’re planning for a flight, and you want to know how to pack your laptop for the cabin properly. Well, we have you covered.

First of all, it’s a good idea not to store your laptop in checked luggage due to the probability of it being destroyed by an airline’s mishandling.

Many people believe you can’t put a laptop in checked luggage, but that’s not true. However, airlines advise against it for obvious reasons. And technically, the lithium battery in a laptop is hazardous. Therefore, it’s always recommended to bring your laptop with you into the cabin in your carry-on luggage or personal item.

Firstly, laptops alone do not count as carry-on luggage, but where you store them can: in a laptop bag or carry-on suitcase.

Do Laptop Bags Count as Carry-On?

Depending on the size of the laptop bag, it can count as either a carry-on (cabin) bag or a personal item, but not both at the same time.

For example, if you have a laptop messenger bag or a backpack that fits under the seat in front of you, then it’s considered a personal item.

If you have a normal-sized carry-on suitcase or backpack with your laptop in it and can’t fit under the seat and must be stored in the overhead cabin compartment, it’s considered a carry-on bag or luggage.


Laptop bags count as either a carry-on or a personal item, but not both.

If you only bring your laptop into the airplane cabin while holding it in your hand, the airline won’t count it against your hand luggage (carry-on or personal item).