Heavy restrictions on heavy packing
Airlines are pulling in the waist line on overweight carry-ons by introducing heavy restrictions on heavy packing.
Come November 25th, Jetstar Australia will drop it's carry-on luggage weight allowance to 7kg. This is a 30% reduction from Jetstar's previous allowance of 10kg, bringing the airline's cabin baggage weight regulations in line with it's domestic competitors Qantas and Virgin as well as several international airlines, including Air Asia, Air New Zealand, Comair, Emirates, Cathay Pacific and many others. Some airlines are even stricter, such as Sun-Air with a carry-on allowance of only 6kg.
Jetstar and Virgin Australia have also announced plans for enforcing new restrictions with baggage officers posted at departure gates specifically dedicated to monitoring luggage being carried to planes. Attempting to board with extra baggage might see travelers slumped with stiff fees upwards of $50 or more or see overweight hand luggage sent down the check-in belt and charged as checked bags.
With feedback from many passengers being positive about the crack-down against excess cabin baggage, more airlines are sure to follow the trend in reduced baggage allowances. Comments from travelers on social media have supported the crack-downs, expressing discomfort and frustration when overloaders take up too much overhead and underfoot space.
To date, airlines in the United States have not applied such strict rules around cabin baggage allowances, however it's easy to get caught out when traveling internationally, as connecting flights in other countries may very well be one of the many other airlines enforcing tighter restrictions and travelers might find themselves paying unexpected fees.
In light of new restrictions, Jetstar has reduced its checked luggage fees to encourage travelers to check their extra weight in. So now travelers can expect to pay slightly less for each check-in bag, but might find they have to check more in due to reduced carry-on allowances.
The best way to reduce your overall luggage is to pack fewer clothes and plan for a few laundry washes during your trip. So why not pack a Scrubba wash bag? It only weights 145g (5oz) and folds up small enough to fit in your pocket.
Click here for more practical tips on how to reduce your carry-on weight at the gate.
For information on general baggage fees across major international airlines, click on Smarter Travel's ULTIMATE GUIDE TO AIRLINE FEES.
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