Airline Baggage Regulations and Tips for Your Next Trip

 

Planning a family vacation? Before you get out your packing list and begin loading your suitcase for your next vacation, it is essential that you check out the airline baggage regulations for your particular airline you are flying with.

One thing to check is the baggage limits. You are limited to the size and weight of each suitcase, so you will want to be sure you know what these are. If you go over the limit, you will be charged a rather high fee, and your only other option at that point would be to purchase another bag in one of the airport gift shops which would probably cost more than the fee. So it pays to get this information beforehand. Each airline is different, so the weight limit of one may not be the same as another one. Also, some are more strict in adhering to these rules. On my last trip, my friend was over by a few pounds and the check-in person allowed it but did point out that others might not and that it could have been a costly mistake. In my experience the normal is to allow 2 pieces of luggage weighing no more than 50 pounds each. But again, this is not the same for all, so do check your individual carrier.

One thing you can do if you find yourself with a suitcase that is too heavy, assuming you have two pieces of luggage, is to transfer some of your clothes from one to the other. But this is a hassle so it's much easier to just be prepared beforehand.

If you are carrying unusual items to check onto the plane such as a surfboard, skis, or something with an irregular shape, call ahead to find out if you will need to put it in a box or if you can just check it as is. Save time by knowing just what to expect.

As far as carry-ons, you normally can bring one bag that will fit under the seat in front of you or in the overhead compartment. These are restricted in size, and you will probably have to verify this fits the size limit before you will be allowed to bring it on board. In the past these regulations were much more lax than they are today. Remember that there are also restrictions on what you are able to carry inside the bag, so get a list before you leave for the airport.

Airport rules change often, so be sure to follow these airline baggage regulations and tips, and you will be much better prepared when you arrive at the airport.

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