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Carry-On Rules - U.S. Vs. Other Carriers  
User currently offlineLastBaron From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 290 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3591 times:

Carry-on rules vary from carrier to carrier, although in my experience, only U.S. carriers are willing to put up with as much of it being brought aboard. Most Europeans, for instance, have much stricter limits. I find this makes for a much smoother boarding and deplaning experience.

What are the regulations of other carriers around the globe? How much carry-on luggage is permitted aboard, say, an Australian carrier on an intra-Oz flight? What about Asian carriers? And do they all allow people to use their cell-phones on board or not?

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User currently offlineAWA22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3585 times:

In the US the feds limit 1 carry on plus one personal item (purse, backpack, etc)

User currently offlineLastBaron From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3578 times:

True, but the rules are not strictly enforced and the size of "carry on" is sheer ludicracy...some people roll things big enough to hide children on aboard here. Is that permitted in other places?

User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3570 times:

Most airlines allow only one piece of carry-on luggage plus a personal item, and the size of the carry-on is pretty much standard through out the world; there are exceptions of course. The rule comes up more often in the US only because pax try to break or bend that rule, and, of course, with heightened security, carryon luggage has become more troublesome.

Carry-on luggage is problematic on US flights because US passengers, especially frequent flyers, prefer to take everything on board and not check luggage whenever possible - maybe because pax are in a rush and dont have the time to wait at the baggage return, maybe its because in the US pax frequently have to transit a hub city between origin and destination (increasing the chance that a bag will be lost or misrouted), or maybe its just a cultural thing - who knows? In Europe, passengers seem to want to check everything in, including small tote bags and the like.

But the carry on problem is certainly not unique to the US - intra-Brazil flights are a disaster (luggage is still weighed there) so pax try to bring all the excess on board....its especially bad on flights to/from cities like Manaus and Iguascu with are (or border) tax free zones where many items, including electronics, are cheaper.........on one flight, a person was trying to bring a boxed 27"television onboard as a carry-on. Some flights between the US and Carib/Central America also have carry-on problems as people leaving the US after a shopping trip have far too much baggage.......when BWIA started flying the 738, one of the problems was the lack of carry-on space on board.

User currently offlineL1011Lover From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1064 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3550 times:

I know that passengers on US carriers are allowed to use their cell phones until the doors are closed!
From that point until gate arrival at the destination cell phones must be completely turned off!

In Germany with Lufthansa/Condor the restriction, which is strictly enforced requires all passengers to switch of their cell phone for the entire stay on board!

Carry-on baggage allowance is one carry-on of 8kgs per passenger plus one personal item!

User currently offlineManairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3538 times:

In the UK, my experience of BA and bmi is that both are fairly flexible with carry-ons and most people get away with taking on board more than they should. Both allow phones to be used until the aircraft doors are closed on departure and again once doors are opened upon arrival.

User currently offlinePER744 From Australia, joined Mar 2003, 405 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3508 times:

With Qantas the carry-on allowance for domestic is 2 x 7kg bags, and 1 x 5kg bag for internation flights. Whenever I go away I always end up with a sore wrist or shoulder from picking up my 15kg backpack as if it weighs 5kg  Big grin

User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3482 times:

Actually American Airlines and I think I heard somewhere Delta allow cell phone use during taxi. That is fairly recent though.

User currently offlineCptGirmayTesfa From Peru, joined Oct 2003, 409 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3474 times:

Airlines: please allow more than the very cheap 20kg (in practice 25, but still).

Amazing to see what bulks of luggage people take with them in the cabin, avoiding the payment of excess luggage but making the flight of other passengers less comfortable!

I favour the US in this case where they allow much more weight to be cheked in!

User currently offlineIberia340600 From Spain, joined Oct 2003, 804 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3460 times:

IBERIA: Our carry on limit is quite strict, especially on a full flight. In Spain your carry on baggage will be weighed to make sure it meets the limit and a special sticker will be placed on it.

Once at the gate, if you carry on is deemed too big(or if you decided to "hide" your carry on) it will be gate checked and placed in sealed couriers bags for security reasons then placed in the belly.

One normal sized carry on is the limit(contrary to popular belief, a lot of those roll on so called "carry-ons" do not meet the size limits).

Hope that helps!

Visca Barça!!
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