I just booked a flight on QA. I was sent some info including the following:
One piece not more than 20X15X10 inches (50X37X25cms) weighing not more than 7Kgs (15Lbs)
The cabin bag must not contain any liquids, gels, creams or aerosols.
The hand baggage we usually travel with is slightly larger than what's listed above, and is at the limit of most other carriers hand baggage. It's our hiking packs, and most of our trips are hiking trips, and we always used our packs as our hand luggage. Other carriers tend to have 10 kg. allowances on hand luggage. Dh has heavy camera equipment he'll be taking, that he won't be checking.
My questions are:
1. How strict is QA regarding hand baggage?
2. Should we pack our hiking packs with our main stowed luggage?
3. What's the deal with liquids, gels, creams or aerosols? Usually you're allowed if the amounts are smaller than 100 ml., and if they can fit in a 1 L zip lock bag. What about medications that should stay with the person?