I always seem to have trouble packing light. Usually can talk my way out of it at the airport. However,taking international flights for my Baltic cruise, have been looking at the luggage limitations. Yikes!? Is this really true?
British Airways has a 13 pound weight limit for carry-ons?? Does anyone have experience with this being enforced?? This is my carrier coming back. KLM is 20 pounds I think, my carrier going over.
I usually bring a roller suitcase (22" max size) as my carry on.
I have read you can check 2 bags 70 pounds each, so at least there I am ok.
Any advise/help appreciated.
I only can tell you about the limitations from Europe to the US.
2 bags with maximum 32 kg - 58 pounds plus handluggage 10 kg - 18 pounds. And that per person. Thats 74 kg - about 133 pounds each.
Even for a 14 day cruise we never had the maximum weight and believe me,I take many different dresses with me.
We have three big suitcases together and the last time they got a tag at the airport: heavy weight. But no problem, only for the personal, to bring it to the cabin.
We only have problems, when we start a cruise in Europe. Then we have a limitation from 20 kg per person - about 36 pounds.
But the last time we had airline personal in Dusseldorf and Heathrow, who understood, that women on a cruise need more clothes.
I dont thing, that the limitations in the other direction US to Europe are different.
Marita,Thanks for your update. Who knows this can be me & how I pack. I usually take a dress for every night, and of course shoes are always an issue. Toiletries are another. I also end up taking loads of items for my friends that I am going to see (on the ship), that always gives me space coming home. For this cruise I will need alot more than bathing suits & coverups!
I recall last cruise(14 days) my large suitcase was 80 pounds! coming home. I had to repack in line, at least I had plenty of room in the garment bag to do so. It is so much easier for US/Caribbean travel. The stuff people carry on is incredible.
Really, I think my luggage will be ok, it is the carry-on I worry about. Will have to re-think how I will pack for this ??
We recently took a cruise from Citavecchia and flew from London where we had been visiting family and so had to stick with the lower European baggage limits. On the BA flight out and back our hand luggage was not checked but we had stuck within the 13 pound limit. A few years ago we had an officious BA check in person who insisted on weighing our hand luggage. Mine was over but my wife's was under by enough so that combined we were within the limit. Nevertheless she insisted I transfer stuff from mine to my wife's so that each was under. What an unnecessary situation! So it all comes down to the person on the desk! At least you are on BA. Other US forum members need to be aware that UK low cost airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair have ever lower limits and police them rigorously in order to collect the maximum possible excess baggage fees.
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You are right Keith with Ryanair and EasyJet.
But they make so many problems with the luggage, with the airports, with delays, extra cost for several services as food or beverages, we decided (and as we heard on different tv-programs, many other people do too) to avoid flying with these airlines.
Better pay a little higher prices, but have a better airline with better service.
My wife and I always "bribe" the porters to check our luggage with a $10 bill and it works great on domestic flights. We hand them our passports with a $10 bill and then the luggage. It always seems to get checked even though it is over weight.
Tom, I always do that too for domestic. Not sure if I'll get away with it for International.
Keith, Thanks for your info. With my luck I'll get checked.
Really think that I have to reoragnize my packing plans.