How many bags am I allowed to bring and are there any Security restrictions?

  • In general, passengers on large aircraft (e.g. C-5, C-17, C-130, KC-10, KC-135 andincluding Patriot Express) are authorized to check two pieces of baggage not to exceed 70 pounds each (140 pounds total) and 62 linear inches (the sum of the length plus the width plus the height). Single items exceeding 70 pounds and/or 62 linear inches will be counted as two pieces and, therefore, fulfill the allowance for a passenger.  Items exceeding 100 pounds and or 80 linear inches shall not be accepted.  EXCEPTIONS:  Large garment bags, golf clubs, surfboards, snow skis, bicycles, fishing equipment, rucksacks, and/or musical instruments.  Snow skis, bicycles, and fishing equipment should be properly packed to avoid injury to baggage handlers or damage to other baggage. Only one of these bags per person shall be the allowed exception. The second bag must still comply with size restrictions and is limited to 70 pounds.
  • Passengers on administrative support airlift (C-12, C-21, UC-35) are limited to 30 pounds TOTAL baggage weight (includes hand-carried luggage) and the allowance for USN' C-40, C-9, C-37 aircraft is usually limited to 2 bags not to exceed 50 lbs. total weight.
  • On other than administrative support airlift (C-12, C-21, UC-35) each passenger is permitted to hand-carry one article (small luggage, garment bags, backpack, etc. no larger than 45 linear inches) and one personal item (cosmetic case, purse, briefcase, small boxes, packages, etc.) for storage in the passenger cabin area. The weight of these items will not be considered as part of the passenger's baggage authorization on larger military aircraft (AFI needs to be clarified on this). In addition, infant car seats and fold up type strollers do not count against the passenger’s normal baggage allowance. All hand-carried baggage will be weighed on all commercial contracted missions (e.g. the Pat-Ex). Families traveling together may pool their baggage.
  • ""Note: on smaller aircraft, baggage bulk versus weight is normally the issue as the luggage compartments are fairly small.""
  • HINT: If you pack under 30 lbs you increase your odds of getting a seat on smaller aircraft.
  • ""Note: On most military cargo flights, "checked" bags are usually strapped down on a couple of pallets in the cargo bay close to where you are sitting but you are not allowed access to your checked bags during flight.""
  • In addition to any prohibited items covered in the AFI, Space-A passengers must adhere to the same security measures used by commercial aircraft. All AMC-owned and operated terminals will comply with the screening changes implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
  • HQ AMC has mandated all E-CIGARETTES to be carried in one’s hand carried luggage on all AMC flights. Transportation of e-cigarettes will not be authorized in your checked baggage.(as of March 2015)
  • You normally won't be able to access your checked bags on a flight even though you can see them strapped down on the flight deck.
  • For a full description of baggage rules, consult Air Mobility Command Instruction 24-101 Vol 14 (Section I "Baggage Services" and Para 68.6 "Hand-Carried Baggage").