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Baggage allowances on BA - are they for real?

Baggage allowances on BA - are they for real?

Jun 19th, 2002, 11:13 AM
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I just flew BA from London to DC (a 747) and I had no issue because my carryon isn't that big -- however, there was a lawyer sitting in coach near me who had TWO carryons, each one huge and he had trouble moving one around (I think it was a case full of legal papers, quite large), blocked the aisles, people got po'd, etc. Believe me, each one of his weighed more than 13 pounds and he had two of them. I don't know how he did this, but he wasn't even in first class.
Jun 19th, 2002, 03:35 PM
Doug Weller
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It's not just BA, Lufthansa also has a 6kg rule.

And don't forget if you are changing planes when you get to Europe, that flight might have different rules (and probably smaller planes).

Jun 19th, 2002, 03:43 PM
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I had the rule enforced on me at JFK. I put my bag on their "template" scale and it registered less than the 13lbs. Yet when I checked in, the witch at the desk made me check my bag. I will never again fly BA.
Jun 21st, 2002, 05:02 AM
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Jun 21st, 2002, 05:44 AM
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Why are people so hung up on having all their things around them. Yes I know baggage gets lost, but if everyone filled the cabin with stuff there is no room to move. I've lost count of the times someone has opened an overhead locker and the flipping bag has fallen on me? and what about security in the cabin?? BA is extremely security consious. Oh how quickly we forget!
Jun 21st, 2002, 06:30 AM
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JULIE: It is not that most of us need to have "all their things around them." I agree there should be a weight limit and they need to strictly enforce the number of bags allowed.

BUT - I only ever take a lightly filled 19" or 21" rollaboard. Never one stuffed to the gills that cannot be easily lifted into the overhead. I am very short and I never take a bag I cannot lift into the overhead unassisted.

13 lbs is waaaay too light a limit. I could easily live w/ a 20 or 22 lb (10 kilo) weight limit. Most bags weigh 6-8 lbs empty so basically the 6 kilo limit means you must check your bag and wait anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes just to get it off the carousel.

When I fly other airlines I am literally already at my flat in central London before some people have retrieved their bags and passed through through immigration.
Jun 21st, 2002, 10:07 AM
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I'm not sure what Air France's limit is, but I had the annoying experience last year flying from Paris to Nice of having my 22" bag taken from me to be checked as I was entering the airplane while my husband strolls by with his larger and heavier luggage! I saw so many carry ons the same size or larger than mine on the airplane. I couldn't figure out why some of us were singled out to check our luggage and I found it very irritating to have this happen just as I was boarding the plane. At the time I wasn't prepared to rearrange my luggage, so here I was at the beginning of my vacation having everything except what was in my purse in the checked luggage. I was very relieved to have my bag arrive OK in Nice, but I won't take any chances in the future. I'll always have the most important items in a smaller carry on in case this ever happens again on any airline. I think what happened at the time was that I felt a false sense of security as I was standing and waiting to board the plane and seeing many people around me with similar or larger pieces of luggage. I'm glad to read this post since I will be flying BA between London and Marseilles this fall, and it was a good reminder to have a smaller carry on with me.
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