Zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5552 posts, RR: 13 Posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3796 times:
We have one of the most LIBERAL baggage policies in the industry within the USA. You can take the kitchen sink, the ashes of your dearly departed Aunt Prudence et. if your bag weighs 70 pounds or less and is within the size parameters which is 62" for the first bag. Well, On 01Aug2005, we are going to get more in line with the rest of the gang and drop the limit to 50lbs. From the perspective of a crew member I'm happier than a pig in shit! . Oversized bags have injured several of my co-workers and, are a strain on the conveyor belt equipment. And, most people overpack! And believe me, passengers take advantage of it. With escalating fuel prices, this will help keep ticket prices in line. By the way, the limit since last year has been 2 bags checked, down from 3 in 2003! There have been times where stuff has had to be left off because of weight restrictions. Especially on flights to MCO. It seems like people think they are going on Survivor instead of Mickey.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3675 times:
I wish they would have had that policy six years ago when I worked there. I swear that LGA pax put their entire home in their bags. And very true about the MCO flights. Now if they could get folks to use real luggage instead of whatever bag that happened to have on hand.
It was just as bad over @ EV. A couple of overweight bags on a Brasilia flight could seriously cut the number of bags you could put on there (This was before EV started converting some of their Brasilias to ERs so they could put in more bags).
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13202 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3628 times:
Maybe they should give you people in luggage handling a cut of the overweight/oversized charges . There are many well known reasons for heavy bags and most airlines are realizing that overweight bags are hurting their operations and profits as to turnaround times, heavier fuel use, injuries to baggage handlers, damage to equipment and so on. Now if we could just get the pax to understand the old saying for travelers to pack half as much and double the money.
SPREE34 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2266 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3608 times:
Now, if they (all carriers) will just do something about all of the carry on crap. I usually carry a bag on. A bag. It's good we can carry a bag on. But I shouldn't have to stick my 1 under the seat because someone else was allowed to bring on 3. I love the folks who come on, stick their bag in the first overhead they see, then walk back 8 more rows to their seat. FAs should be allowed to inflict personal injuy in these cases.
I don't understand everything I don't know about this.
Highpeaklad From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3518 times:
In europe usually its 20kg in total . Ryanair is 15kg or 33lbs so if anyone is flying from the USA and travelling intra europe on Ryanair - beware!
Also with reference to injuries from heavy bags, flights through LHR (definitely) and probably the rest of the UK have a 32kg (70lbs) maximum limit due to health and safety of the baggage handlers. If your bag is over 70lbs -tough ,either you buy an extra bag and repack or it doesn't go!
Don't try to keep up with the Joneses - bring them down to your level !
Zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5552 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3200 times:
Quoting Sllevin (Reply 7): I love how a reduction in passenger service is viewed as a "good thing." And that it's great that FL is going to "be like everyone else."
Here's one of probably hundreds of articles espousing the virtues of travelling light! Amazing how many passengers heft their elphantine bags out of their big assed SUV's, schlepping to the ticket counter out of the 95 degree Baltimore
Humid weather. I just find schlepping groceries a pain in the ass.
3201 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3166 times:
Quoting Highpeaklad (Reply 6): In europe usually its 20kg in total . Ryanair is 15kg or 33lbs so if anyone is flying from the USA and travelling intra europe on Ryanair - beware!
When my wife planned a side-trip CIA-STN on Ryanair, even knowing the limits in advance, the bag she bought specifically to comply with the limit cost more than the ticket plus the taxes (and we all know the taxes were more than the fare itself).
Quoting SPREE34 (Reply 4): I love the folks who come on, stick their bag in the first overhead they see, then walk back 8 more rows to their seat.
Last night I had a bulkhead seat and was a bit irked to find the first bin on each side already closed when I boarded. I asked the FA, "are those full already?" and she said, "no, those are closed because they're reserved for the passengers in these rows (indicating the bulkheads) because they don't have any under-seat storage." Ah, that's better.