I'm not sure of the history of the rule but not only does this apply to direct flights but to the entire journey. For example, if you fly BA
only the baggage allowance will be 20kg. However, if you're ticketed to fly TXL
you're entitled to 2x32Kg. As long as the final destination on the bag tag has a destination in North America you are fine.
Although, I would be interested to see how AA
's new baggage policy is going to be enforced. Apparently they are not limiting you to 2x 50lb on ALL
flights now. So, if you check in at TXL
for an LHR
flight and connect to an AA
flight I'm not sure how the policy would be enforced.
And, to take this discussion even further American carriers have long encouraged carry on only baggage with generous 40lb maximums. Now, I know easyJet have a new rule of if you can carry it on go for it . . . but other European carriers strictly enforce a 6kg rule. Some are more generous with 10kg, like EI
. I wish some kind of standard could be agreed upon because in theory you could carry a roll aboard on your 777 from JFK
but when you get to the gate at LHR
for another flight you could be forced to check it.