Airline Baggage Weight Limits
In this article, I am going to explain why it is so important to keep up with airlines’ baggage allowance in terms of our luggage weight and sizes. Failure to do so may result in passengers incurring extra charges.
You will be charged to pay extra money for your extra baggage weight at the airline’s airport. Usually, the charge is calculated on the basis of rates at the airport.
Unless, maybe, you are an evacuee returning home; who can have baggage fees waived. In some instances, extra or oversized cabin baggage will be refused at the boarding gate and subsequently, being abandoned by the owner.
Different airlines have varied weight specifications. Making it so important for everyone planning a trip, to do some research in order to get relevant information.
What should I research on?
You need to find out how much baggage you can take on your travel before you fly. Thanks to the invention of the internet. Sharing of information has become much quicker. You can visit more than ten airline websites in an instant.
British Airways offers on its flight a free baggage allowance shown below
|Your journey||1 handbag/laptop bag||1 additional cabin bag|
|All other flights||Up to 40cm x 30cm x 15cm/16in x 12in x 6in||Up to 56cm x 45cm x 25cm/22in x 18in x 10in|
Once you exceed your allowance, you may be charged for extra baggage. On board, passengers are expected to place a yellow tag on their bags. Then, to place the bag under the seat in front of them.
Ryanair’s cabin baggage policy allows a passenger to carry “one cabin bag per passenger (excluding infants travelling on a parent’s lap) weighing up to 10kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.”
Easy Jet is reputable for having a very generous cabin baggage policy, with an unlimited weight. Passengers are permitted to bring one piece of hand luggage in the cabin as a carry-on. There are no weight restrictions on this baggage, as long as it’s within 56 x 45 x 25cm measurements, including handles and wheels. Also, passengers are allowed to bring an additional small bag or a laptop at a maximum size of 45 x 36 x 20cm to be placed under the seat in front.
Hand baggage is free. However, if it exceeds the size restrictions, you will be charged £30 to check the bag into the aircraft hold. At the boarding gate, you will be charged £45.
New Zealand Airways has overweight or oversize charges on any piece of baggage that weighs over 23kg but less than 32kg and/or exceeds the total linear dimensions (length+width+height) of 158cm (62″). Also, excess baggage will be carried, subject to space availability on your flight.
Emirates Airways allows you to ”check in as many pieces of baggage as you need, as long as the total weight is less than the maximum baggage allowance of your class. Each individual item must weigh less than 32kg in total.”
However, if the specified dimensions are exceeded, the luggage can’t be checked in as baggage. It will need to be sent as cargo or freight and there are no exceptions to this rule. Also, if your journey includes any destinations in Canada, North America or South America, different baggage rules apply.
Qatar Airways’s baggage allowances may vary according to route and cabin class. When a passenger exceeds the weight and allowances stipulated, excess baggage charges may be applied. A single piece of checked baggage must not weigh more than 32kg (70lb).
This is not an exhaustive list of all airlines out there. I am just trying to prove the point that different airlines have put in place their own individual baggage weight restrictions. Unless you visit their websites or pick-up a phone to find out, you will only find out at the check-in point.
Hopefully, you will find this article informative. Please feel free to leave comments and share your own experiences.