When you bring your bag onboard, you save time - avoid lines at the check-in counter and waiting at baggage claim - so you can ease in and out of the airport.
If you are traveling with any liquid, gel or aerosol items, here's a few things you should remember:
Additionally, beverages or toiletries purchased inside the airport beyond the security checkpoints will be allowed onboard the aircraft.
Items greater than 3.4 ounces and/or not contained in a zip-top bag may be allowed on board but must be declared to the TSA at the security checkpoint for screening. These items include baby formula, milk (to include breast milk), baby food, juice, medications and liquids/gels that are needed for diabetic or other medical conditions.
Restrictions vary for flights departing from non - U.S. locations. Travelers should check with the departure airport for specific security restrictions.
It's always a good idea to check the airport processing times before departing for the airport to ensure that you allow enough time for additional processing when required.
Please note, customers are prohibited from bringing aboard any device to alter or limit the functionality (permanently or temporarily) of any aircraft structure, seat assembly, tray table, etc.
Additional references with detailed information and examples of allowable items may be found at the TSA's Web site.
Due to higher security levels at airports worldwide, gifts and packages are subject to the same inspection as your carry-on baggage. To reduce delays at the airport security checkpoint Continental recommends that you travel with your packages unwrapped. This will allow for easy inspection, if necessary.
Continental will permit one bag plus one personal item (see below), per customer to be carried on the aircraft.
The maximum combined linear measurement (L + W + H) of the carry-on bag is 45 inches (115 cm)up to 14 in x 9 in x 22 in. The maximum weight of the carry-on bag is 40 pounds (18 kg).
In addition to the one carry-on item, you may bring free-of-charge the below items:
Small and portable electronic items do not need to be removed from their carrying cases.
For flights departing Delhi, the following items may be carried on in addition to the one carry-on item:
Note: Most knives are not allowed past the security checkpoint (including, but not limited to, pocket knives, folding or retractable blades regardless of blade length or composition, box cutters, X-Acto knives, scissors with a pointed tip, straight razors, Leatherman or Swiss Army Knives). Plastic and round-bladed butter knives are permitted in carry-on baggage.
Battery operated personal air-purifying devices are prohibited onboard all Continental flights.
Effective Aug. 16, 2008, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow passengers to leave their laptop computers in bags that meet new “checkpoint friendly” standards. For a bag to be considered checkpoint friendly, it should meet the following standards:
For details of checkpoint friendly designs and guidance on use, go to tsa.gov.*
Note: Baggage allowances for Continental's codeshare partners or Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. or Chautauqua Airlines may be different. If your itinerary includes any of these carriers, please contact a Continental representative for additional information.
*Given TSA's use of random screening protocols, TSA reserves the right to re-screen any bag or laptop regardless of the design of the bag.
Our aircrafts are equipped with a closet to accommodate limited storage of items including:
*Priority will be given to customers pre-boarding with folding collapsible wheelchairs.
Continental has implemented fees for checked bags when traveling on certain economy fare tickets. The fee is discounted for bags checked and pre-paid at continental.com. You may also check bags at the airport, at curbside or with a Continental representative for a higher fee.
There is no charge for wheelchairs or other assistive devices.
One car seat or stroller may be checked free of charge. If checking both a car seat and a stroller, the first checked-bag fee applies to one item. To learn more, see our list of FAQs below.
Certain customers are exempt from paying the fees and will be allowed to check certain bags free of charge (bags must meet weight and size restrictions).
Customers traveling with OnePass Elite members or dependents traveling with active U.S. military personnel are also exempt as long as they are traveling in the same reservation. This exemption will not apply to group reservations including 10 or more customers.
*May check two bags at no charge as long as each bag is a maximum 70 lbs (32 kg) and 62 linear inches (157 cm) (total length + width + height).
**May check three bags at no charge as long as each bag is a maximum 70 lbs (32 kg) and 62 linear inches (157 cm) (total length + width + height). Ticket must reflect confirmed seat for segment in which customer is checking in.
+ May check three military style duffel bags at no charge as long as each bag is a maximum 70 lbs (32 kg) and 115 linear inches (292 cm) (total length + width + height). May check three non-military style bags at no charge as long as each bag is a maximum 70 lbs (32 kg) and 62 linear inches (157 cm) (total length + width + height).
++May check three bags at no charge as long as each bag is a maximum 70 lbs (32 kg) and 62 linear inches (157 cm) (total length + width + height)
The following customers will not be charged service fees to check certain bags:
Yes. For example, a family of four traveling on the same reservation will be charged for each of their first bags checked, one each per passenger. Each second bag per passenger would be assessed the applicable fee
Do the new checked-bag fees also apply to customers on Continental Express and Continental Connection flights?
Yes, this policy applies to all Continental Express flights, which are operated by ExpressJet and Chautauqua Airlines; and all Continental Connection flights, which are operated by Gulfstream International, CommutAir, Colgan Air and Cape Air.
You may check bags and pay the appropriate service fee each way of your trip. The charge applies for each flight and includes any connections as long as your baggage is checked to your final destination. If the bags are not within 50 lbs and/or 62 linear inches, overweight and oversize charges will be assessed in addition to the service fee.
The service fee is $100 per bag to check excess baggage, as long as the bag meets the weight and size requirements. If your bag exceeds the weight and size requirement, you will also be asked to pay an additional fee for overweight or oversized baggage.
Customers who travel in Economy Class with checked baggage over 50 lbs (23 kg) and not exceeding 70 lbs (32 kg) will be charged at the rate of $50 per piece. These charges are in addition to any charge assessed for additional or oversized baggage. Baggage weighing more than 70 lbs (32 kg) will not be accepted as checked baggage.
Customers who travel with checked baggage exceeding 62 linear inches (157 cm) (total length + width + height) will be charged at the rate of $100 per piece. These charges are in addition to any charge assessed for additional or overweight baggage. Baggage measuring more than 115 in (292 cm) (total outside dimensions; length + width + height) will not be accepted as checked baggage.
Yes. Sporting equipment that does not have its own service fee is subject to the first and second bag fees. Some sporting equipment is subject to its own service fee (i.e. surfboards, sailboards, pole vaults, etc.) and is exempt from the first and second bag fees. Get more information about sporting equipment service fees and restrictions.
My child is under the age of two years and sits on my lap. When I check my one bag, will I be charged a service fee to also check my child's car seat or stroller?
No. When traveling with a child, you may check a car seat or stroller as your first or second bag free of charge.
I travel with a wheelchair. If I check one bag, will I also be required to pay a service fee for my wheelchair when I check it?
No. Continental does not charge customers for checking a wheelchair.
What happens when my trip includes travel in Economy Class that is exempt from the baggage policy and my return flight is not exempt?
If any part of your trip on Continental contains a segment that is not exempt from the new policy, then you will be required to pay the bag service fee on the segment that is not exempt.
When I check in for a flight and pay checked-bag fees, what happens if the flight is cancelled and I do not travel that day?
You are eligible for a refund for the bag service fee when you involuntarily do not travel. You may request your refund through the Continental refund process either by e-mail, phone or regular mail. See details.
Yes, you may pay the service fee at curbside check in by credit card.
When checking in at continental.com, you can input your credit card information to cover your checked-bag fees Your card will be charged immediately for the number of bags you designate at the time you check in online. If required, you may change the number of checked bags at the airport, however, bag fees paid online will not be refunded.
If I'm traveling on a OnePass reward ticket, does the ticket require me to follow the new policy when I travel in Economy Class?
Customers without Elite status, redeeming OnePass miles for travel in Economy Class will be charged checked-bag fees. Customers redeeming OnePass miles for First Class travel will be exempt from the checked-bag fees.
Whether you pay a service fee depends on what your status was at the time you dropped off your bags. If at the time you checked in your bags you are in the Economy cabin for seating, then you would be charged a service fee for checking a bag. If you change from Economy to First Class status before you drop off your bags, then you do not pay the service fee. There is no refund for a service fee paid if you check your bags in while still holding the status of Economy and then later upgrading to First Class.
The policy for checked bags does not impact the carry-on policy and customers are still allowed one bag and one personal item.
When a customer travels on a codeshare flight or on an aircraft operated by a SkyTeam Alliance partner, then the policy regarding checked bags follows the rules determined by the originating operating carrier.
The applicable checked-bag fee will be automatically waived if the primary cardmember's OnePass account number is listed in their reservation. In the event that it is not automatically waived, the primary cardmember should present their active Continental Airlines Chase credit or debit card to an agent. Fees will be waived only at the time of travel; no refunds or credits will be issued after travel has been completed.
Customers traveling with the primary cardmember will also get their applicable baggage fees waived if they are listed in the same reservation and check in at the same time. This exemption will not apply to group reservations including 10 or more customers.
New Continental Airlines Chase primary credit and debit card applicants will be eligible for the checked-bag fee waiver benefit after they receive their card.