More and more airlines are tightening up their rules about carry-on luggage, and are toughening their enforcement of existing policies. The latest to get in on the trend is Australia’s Tigerair. Sally Lee recently posted details in the Daily Mail. Here are highlights of her article…
Tigerair Australia passengers will have to pay up to $46 for extra hand luggage after the budget airline introduced changes to its baggage allowance regulations.
This means from April 17 customers will only be allowed two pieces of carry-on luggage with a combined weight of 7kg, instead of the previous 10kg.
For those with excess hand-carry, a purchase of up to 12kg can be made for extra baggage allowance but this will come at various costs.
Adam Rowe, commercial director of Tigerair Australia, announced that guidelines will be amended for all domestic flights booked by customers from March 17 and depart from April 17.
‘Over the past year we have been working hard to communicate with our passengers about the importance of planning ahead and carrying the correct weight of luggage on board,’ he said today.
‘People generally understand and support these requirements as there is only a finite amount of available overhead locker space and fellow passenger safety and comfort are key considerations, as is the considerable impact on the airline’s on time performance when bags need to be transferred to the hold if they are oversized.’
The announcement was made on Tuesday that guidelines will be amended for all Tigerair Australia domestic flights booked by customers from March 17 and depart from April 17
Customers, who have excess hand luggage, are also able to make an online purchase of no more than 12kg in advance.
For shorter flights it will cost $18 or $23 for longer trips. At check-in, fees of $36 or $46 will apply respectively.
Mr Rowe says the change is bringing Tigerair Australia in line with the rest of the industry.
Jetstar also allows 7kg of luggage for economy passengers and $50 will be charged for those with excess baggage.
Virgin Australia enforces the same carry-on weight allowance while Qantas accepts two pieces of hand luggage, each weighing 7kg.
A spokeswoman for Tigerair Australia says the 10kg baggage allowance is still applicable for all flight bookings made prior to March 17 or for travel before April 17.
You can see the full story online, including a video, at this link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2997848/How-heavy-handbag-Travellers-face-charge-46-carry-luggage-weighs-7kg-Tigerair-Australia.html
This report actually raises a very good point, because most people think about the size and dimensions of carry on luggage allowed by airlines but they fail to take the weight into effect. Your hand baggage may be small enough to fit into the measuring device at the airport boarding gate, but if the bag is too heavy, you may still have to check it and pay extra.