Packing smarter to get more out of your trip
As WestJetters, we travel a lot. And we’ve learned a few things along the way about how to pack more efficiently and prepare for the unexpected. First and foremost, please make sure you’re familiar with the allowances for checked and carry-on baggage – it will make things smoother. Here are a few more tips that we hope will help make things easier and get you on your way.
Our baggage allowances only apply on flights operated by WestJet or WestJet Encore. This includes domestic, U.S., international and chartered flights.
Travelling with one of our airline partners? Be sure to familiarize yourself with the fees for your journey by visiting our airline partners page. Fees are collected on a one-way basis by the airline operating the first flight for each direction of your journey.
Carry-on items help to make your trip more comfortable and convenient. We do our best to accommodate our guests' carry-on allowance in the cabin but acceptance of carry-on baggage is subject to space availability. If adequate space is not available carry-on items will be placed in checked baggage (and be unavailable for the duration of the flight) at no cost. Please review the details of our carry-on allowances below.
Each guest in a confirmed seat is allowed one free piece of carry-on baggage and one personal item, total. Items which do not fit into the sizing device or exceed our carry-on allowance will be placed in checked baggage and applicable baggage fees may be collected.
We encourage guests to independently place carry-on and/or personal items in to the overhead bins. If you have difficulty doing so, assistance is available upon request. Your smaller, personal item should be stowed under the seat in front of you.
|Maximum size |
(length + width + height)
53 cm x 23 cm x 38 cm
(21 in. x 9 in. x 15 in.)
Examples include but are not limited to a:
41 cm x 15 cm x 33 cm
(16 in. x 6 in. x 13 in.)
Examples include but are not limited to a:
1Kennels are considered a personal item and must meet the requirements for kennels for pets in the cabin.
All carry-on and personal items must:
- fit in the sizing device at check-in;
- be light enough to allow you to place the bag in the overhead compartment unaided. If you have difficulty doing so, assistance is available upon request;
- be stored in the appropriate location for the item; personal items should be stored under the seat, and carry-on items should be stored in the overhead compartment on board the aircraft;
- be acceptable as carry-on for the country to which you are travelling. Acceptable items vary by country. Visit catsa.gc.ca to confirm what you are able to bring before your flight as WestJet is not responsible for items not permitted through security, at your point of departure or upon arrival at your destination;
- pass through security. Make sure your carry-on complies as things you might not consider, like shampoo, perfume, toothpaste and moisturizers are only permitted in limited amounts.
You are not permitted to attach any unapproved device to any part of your seat or any other part of the aircraft. Some examples of unapproved devices include knee defenders, seat belt extensions and booster seats.
In the event space is not available on board for your carry-on item and it is required to be placed in checked baggage, or your existing checked baggage is delayed or damaged, we strongly recommend the following articles be packed in your personal item so they can travel with you in the cabin:
- Travel documentation
- Mobile devices
To help you make the most out of your trip, we've compiled our best packing tips; check out some more of our handy tips on how to pack smarter.
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) regulates permitted and non-permitted items along with the size and packaging of all liquids, gels and aerosols through security. For more information on how to breeze through security visit catsa.gc.ca or call 1-800-O-Canada.
WestJet also has some additional restrictions. Please see restricted items for more information.
In addition to the carry-on baggage allowance, the following items are also permitted:
|A diaper bag||
Must contain items for an infant
|An approved restraint system (car seat)||
For use in a seat that has been purchased
|Duty free merchandise||
|Medical syringes or needles||
|Personal clothing items/outerwear||
|Personal electronic devices||
Battery-powered personal electronic devices may be transported for personal use and may be used when permitted by the inflight crew. Examples include:
Guests may transport but may not use the following personal electronic devices in the cabin:
|Transmitting portable electronic devices||
Battery-powered transmitting portable electronic devices may be taken in carry-on baggage, however because they transmit a signal, they must be set in "Airplane mode", which turns off the connectivity to cellular/mobile networks. You may use these in "Airplane mode" when advised by your inflight crew.
Some examples of a transmitting portable electronic device include:
Guests may take, but not use the following items in the cabin:
Travelling with WestJet Encore
Even though the turboprop is big on style, there is less space available for carry-on baggage. As such, you may be asked to check carry-on items even if they fit in the carry-on sizing device before you board the aircraft. If your carry-on items contain essential items such as medication, laptops, keys or fragile objects, please ensure these valuables travel with you in the cabin as carry-on items that are checked prior to boarding will not be available until after the aircraft has arrived and taxied to the terminal.
On board storage
Here are some guidelines for storing your carry-on baggage in the overhead bin, illustrated in a handy infographic. When in doubt, please defer to the judgment of the flight attendants.