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Swiss Air Carry On Weight Limit - strictly enforced?

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Has anyone had recent experience with Swiss Air weighing your carry on?

We have booked United Miles, and United has the standard carry on size with no mentioned weight restriction. They have us booked for 2 legs on Swiss Air (Chicago/Zurich, Zurich/Nairobi), which has the same size restrictions for carry on, but has a weight limit of 8kg/18lbs. After packing a normal amount of things in my bag (clothing mainly), with tons of room left, I have already reached 18 lbs. I still have more to go, including my DSLR and a lens.

My bag is a Bric's, 9.5 x 18 x 14.5 inches ; 5.5 pounds (trolley). Nothing excessive in size and light weight for a wheeled bag.

Swiss Air also allows (as seen on their website):

In addition to the hand baggage, the following items are allowed on board if necessary
1 coat or blanket
1 umbrella or walking stick
1 ladies’ handbag
1 small camera or 1 set of binoculars
reading for the journey

If I have to, I will pull out my camera, coat (filled pockets, of course), book, ipad, fill the handbag, and check in, then re-pack the bag. But I would rather just have it all in my carry on.

It's probably just me, but doesn't it seem odd to allow a 45" bag, but if lightly filled, it is already several pounds over the weight limit?

Any help from fellow travelers would be great. Thank you so much!

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