One of the main concerns that every traveler has is his luggage – what to bring. This is compounded by the luggage size restrictions that airports and airlines set. You wouldn’t want to experience the hassle of having to leave some of your packed items behind just because you weren’t aware of the luggage limits that you have to follow! With this in mind, what are some of the ways that you could find luggage size restrictions of a certain airport or airline?
- Know the restrictions for the carry on luggage. Many airlines are very strict with regards to the carry on luggage dimensions, or the carry size. The normal dimensions being allowed for international airlines are at 45 linear inches (total), with the luggage weight of 40 pounds. There are, of course, extensive exceptions to this general rule: for example, Alitalia Airlines allows carry on luggage weight only at 11 pounds, while All Nippon Airways allows the carry on luggage weight to go up to 70 pounds. The allowable carry on luggage dimensions and carry size vary as well: for a more comprehensive listing, check out this website: luggagepros.com.
In case you go above the carry on luggage restrictions, you could still bring in your luggage after paying some fees. Do know, however, that these fees can be quite expensive, so it’s still best that you get to know of the restrictions before you pack your things.
- Know the restrictions for your checked luggage. Many airlines allow two suitcases to be checked in, though some only allow one as the maximum. As suitcase size and weight limits vary a lot depending on the airline (and the particular class you’d be flying), it would still be best for you to check with the airline (by calling them up or looking at their website) or to ask your travel agent regarding the specific luggage restrictions that apply. However, the general luggage specifications are 40 pounds to 50 pounds max per suitcase, though it can go up to 70 pounds if you’re traveling first class. The usual luggage dimensions are at 62 linear inches (total).
- Know the items that are not allowed for carry on luggage. There are some things that would not be allowed inside your carry on: some of these include anything that could be used as a weapon (ex. matches, lighters, and sharply-pointed items), and liquids, gels and aerosols. What are recommended to be brought along as carry on would be valuable materials such as cash, your passport and travel documents, cellphones, medication, etc. Know also that some airlines allow pets to be part of the carry on luggage.
- Know the items that are not allowed for checked luggage. There are some items that are totally not allowed entry into the plane at all, such as alcoholic beverages, certain types of batteries, and guns and ammunition must follow certain protocols and must have permits before they can be accepted as checked luggage.
The general rule when traveling is to travel light, and to bring just what you need. It’s also highly important that you do your initial research, so as to avoid any hassles and complications that might just add a sour note to your journeys.