Travel, Teach, Live in Korea
Korean Air follows all the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) baggage requirements when traveling from the United States, but the airline also has specific rules and requirements that vary slightly from other airlines. Because Korean Air has to follow the ever-evolving FAA regulations, it is important to check with Korean Air for any specific questions regarding luggage rules.
Korean Air allows two bags of 23 kg (50 lbs.) per piece for travelers in economy class and two pieces of 32 kg (70 lbs.) per piece for Prestige and first-class travelers traveling routes to or from North, South and Central America for check-in baggage. For other routes, two pieces of 20 kg (45 lbs.) per piece for economy class, two pieces of 30 kg (66 lbs.) per piece for Prestige class and two pieces of 40 kg (88 lbs.) per piece for first class. Each bag should not exceed a size limit of 158 cm/62 inches, determined by measuring the height, depth and width of the package.
In economy class, one bag of 12 kg (25 lbs.) is allowed as well as an additional piece of baggage such as a purse, laptop bag or briefcase. The baggage should not exceed 115 cm/45 inches per piece. In Prestige and first class, two bags are allowed with a weight of 18 kg (40 lbs.) and not exceeding 115 cm/45 inches per piece.
Korean Air makes exceptions for items that do not conform to the set of requirements listed above. These items may include, but are not limited to, golf clubs, surfboards, bicycles, pets and musical instruments. Korean Air suggests contacting its baggage services before traveling with these items so preparations can be made for the exceptional items.
Korean Air Service Center, Americas
Any combustible/flammable items are prohibited on Korean Air flights. These include paint, lighters, lighter fluid and pressurized gas tanks. Additionally, weapons or explosive materials such as guns, gunpowder and fireworks are also prohibited.
Restriced Carry-on Items
Korean Air posts that any article that could be used to threaten passengers or Korean Air staff is prohibited as a carry-on item. These items include, but are not limited to, all types of knives and cutting instruments, golf clubs, clubs/bats, scissors, nail clippers and batteries. Also, if you are traveling to or from the United States or China, lighters and matches are prohibited as carry-on items. Additional restrictions may be applicable depending on your flight's origin or destination.