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How Much Baggage Can I Check-In On A Flight From The UK?

How Much Baggage Can I Check-In On A Flight From The UK?

Airlines tell us that 95% of people check in one piece if baggage each that weighs less than 20 kilos. If you are part of this 95 %, then there isn’t really any need to read further as you will sail through check-in procedures (though watch out for the some regional carriers whose check-in limit is 15 kilos)

If you are one of the 5% and either your check-in bag will weigh more than 20 kilos, or you will be checking in more than one bag per person you might be charged excess baggage fees depending on what route and what airline you are booked on.

Airlines have never got together to agree a global policy of baggage allowances. The most generous airlines on certain routes let you check in 2 pieces of baggage up to 32 kilos per piece (subject to dimensional limitations). The least generous (e.g. some regional carriers in Asia) will make a small charge per kilo for anything checked in weighing over 15 kilos. Other carriers have a weight and number of items limit – e.g. on many B.A. flights you can check in 23 kilos if it is all in one bag, but if you check in 15 kilos over two bags, they will charge you extra !

B.A. will also no longer accept any bag that weighs over 23 kilos. This is a policy that other carriers may well also adopt in the future.

If you are on a round the world ticket that includes flights across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, it is likely that you will be entitled to check in up to 2 bags per person on all or most of your flights of either 23 or 32 kilos per bag.

Baggage restrictions also of course vary depending on the cabin class you are booked in as well as for children and infants. There are also sometimes often special allowances made for certain items – e.g. sets of golf clubs, surf boards or diving equipment.

Airlines also differ on the size of your carry on baggage – e.g. B.A. have recently reduced the maximum size of carry on bags to 45 CM x 35 CM x 16 CM

20 kilos is quite a lot of baggage – especially in addition to up to around 5 kilos of carry on baggage, but if you will be checking in more than this, you should check with your travel consultant who will be happy to give you more specific advice about how much baggage you can check in on your trip.

In another world, all airlines would get together and agree on a universal system of baggage allowance of 20 kilos and charge extra for additional baggage. This would reduce carbon emissions overnight as people would be less inclined to take so much with them. This especially applies to flights in and out of the country with the biggest carbon footprint in the world where allowances are currently up to a massive fuel guzzling 64 kilos per person.

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