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
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
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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