Passenger may purchase and book a seat to transport cabin baggage (CBBG); most of them are instruments, statues, valuable/fragile objects and urns. For necessary arrangement and delivery, please request CBBG on flights operated by Uganda Airlines via our sales or reservation office(s) directly at least 48 hours prior to flight departure and confirmation should be received beforehand.

CBBG must be packed properly by passenger himself/herself; the package material must not be made of glass. Only Instruments can be placed on floor. If the Instrument on floor exceeds the size specified on below table, it has to be accepted as checked baggage instead of CBBG.

Instruments should have handles installed outside to facilitate carrying and storage. If the dimension and weight of the CBBG comply with the carry-on baggage specification and do not exceed 56 x 36 x 23 cm or 22 x 14 x 9 inches in size (length x width x height) or 7 kg in weight, the item can be handled as carry-on baggage to stow under the seat or in the overhead bin. Carry-on baggage cannot be accepted as CBBG after being on board.

“Properly Stowed” Cabin Baggage

  • Must not be loose and slippery after stowed.
  • Must not interfere with fetching emergency equipment.
  • Must not interfere with an emergency exit.
  • Must not interfere with an emergency evacuation route.
  • Must not impede any passenger watching the safety demonstration.
  • The maximum weight for CBBG is 75 kg.
  • Passenger is required to be seated in an adjacent seat for the custody of the CBBG.
  • Only 1 well-packed CBBG is allowed to occupy 1 passenger seat; in Y/CL, if the width of CBBG exceeds the width of the seat, passenger may pay for up to two passenger seats for storage.
  • Passengers traveling with CBBG are required to board the aircraft before other passengers to ensure proper loading and securing
  • If a CBBG cannot be properly secured, it will need to be checked in as baggage.
  • Re-seating is not allowed for both passenger and his/her CBBG.The extension seat belts for securing CBBG must not be untied or moved.
  • Principally, the passenger should disembark accompanying with his/her CBBG to comply with the “Carry-on Baggage” regulation, and the CBBG must be properly secured and stored after the passenger’s re-board the aircraft.

1. Small Musical Instruments

  • You can bring small musical instruments (like flutes or violins) as part of your hand carry baggage onto the plane if the dimensions is not exceed 100 x 36 x 23cm (length x width x height) and not over 7 kgs including the case and can be safely stowed inside the overhead locker or the space under your seat as part of your hand baggage allowance.
  • You can store larger musical instruments, such as a bass or a cello, on a purchased seat if both the dimensions and weight exceed the aforementioned specifications. Alternatively, you can check them in as baggage.
  • Due to temperature variation, expansion and contraction of the neck of stringed instruments may occur. We advise passengers to loosen their strings before travel to prevent any strain or damage.

2. Over-sized Instruments

  • When the height or width of a CBBG instrument exceeds the seat limitation, it is considered as an over-sized instrument. It should not be placed on the seat and should be “Properly Stowed” on the floor and leaning to a passenger seat.
  • The CBBG must not interfere with emergency evacuation.
  • May be placed on the floor of a window seat assembly in the first row in front of/ behind the partition, in order from the window side.
  • May be placed on the floor of the middle seats in the last row of economy class in dual-aisle aircrafts. In such condition, the same middle seat assembly shall not be occupied by passengers.

For the safety of our passengers, crew, and aircraft, the following items are strictly prohibited:

  • Explosives, munitions, fireworks, and flares.
  • Safe boxes/boxes incorporating goods such as lithium batteries or pyrotechnics.
  • Kerosene, kerosene heater, and electric kerosene heater
  • Compressed gases (flammable, non-flammable, or poisonous) such as butane, propane, scuba diving cylinders, lighter fuels, or refills.
  • Oxidizing substances such as bleaching powder and peroxides.
  • Flammable liquids such as paints and adhesives.
  • Flammable solids, such as sulfur or strike-anywhere matches, and articles that are easily ignited
  • Disabling devices such as mace or pepper sprays, with irritant properties.
  • Poisons such as arsenic, cyanide, or insecticide.
  • Radioactive materials.
  • Corrosive materials such as mercury (which may be contained in thermometers or blood pressure gauges), acid/alkaline wet batteries.
  • Any other substances which, during a flight, present a danger not covered above, such as magnetized, offensive, or irritating materials.
  • Hoverboards, self-balancing scooters, balance boards, electric luggage scooters, and similar devices are forbidden to be carried as checked or carry-on baggage when lithium batteries are not removed. The removed battery must be in carry-on baggage, individually protected, and cannot be charged.
  • Lithium battery watt-hour rating exceeding 160Wh.
  • Battery-powered lighters (e.g. laser plasma lighters, tesla coil lighters, flux lighters, and arc lighters) without a safety cap or means of protection against unintentional activation are forbidden.
Restrictions on lithium batteries
The general rules on Carrying Lithium Batteries on Aircraft

Passenger carries PED-Personal Electronic Devices (such as cameras, phones, laptops etc.) on board containing lithium (-ion and metal) batteries must comply with the following rules apply:

Watt Hour rating (Wh) of battery

Need operator approved?

Allowed in hand carry baggage

Allowed checked baggage

Max number/Per person

100Wh/2g lithium 









Spare batteries
(including power bank):
100 Wh/2g





Spare batteries: 101-160Wh/2-8g





Over 160Wh/8g

Not allowed on board of a flight as baggage.

The operator approval is requested when passenger carry more than 15 PED’s or more than 20 spare batteries.

For passengers who carried electronic devices installed with lithium batteries in checked baggage, please make sure that:
  • Measures must be taken to protect the device from damage and to prevent unintentional activation. (Wrapped with cloths/other cushioning material or packed in a rigid package).
  • The device must be completely switched off. (Not in stand by, sleep or hibernation mode).

The lithium batteries contained in the following items must pass the tests specified in Section 38.3 in Part III of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria and be allowed by the airline:

  • Wheelchairs or other electric mobility aids with lithium batteries.
  • Equipment with security devices.
  • Portable electronic medical equipment.

Baggage Policy for Smart Baggage with Lithium (Lithium-Ion) Batteries:

1. Non-removable lithium batteries:
  • Batteries containing less than 0.3 g of lithium or with a capacity of under 2.7 Watt-hours, such as button cells, may be checked in or carried onboard.
  • If the smart baggage is checked in, electronic devices installed on the baggage must be powered off during the flight.
  • If the smart baggage is carried onboard as a carry-on, transmitting devices must comply with the electronic device use policy provided in our in-flight magazine.
  • Batteries containing more than 0.3 g of lithium or with a capacity of over 2.7 Watt-hours may not be checked in nor carried onboard.
2. Removable lithium batteries:
  • Capacity of the lithium battery must be lower than 160 Watt-hours.
  • If the smart baggage is checked in, the battery must be removed and carried as carry-on baggage. Electronic devices installed on the baggage must be powered off during the flight.
  • If the smart baggage is carried onboard as a carry-on, it must comply with carry-on baggage restrictions.