Travelling with a heavy piece of luggage in the cabin can be dangerous for you and others.
Q1: What is the maximum weight I can carry in one piece of luggage?
A1: The “weight concept” defines the amount of baggage entitled by the passenger’s ticket in kilos. For example, an economy class passenger may be entitled to 20 kilos of baggage and a business class passenger to 30 kilos. Passengers holding a first class ticket may be entitled to a free baggage allowance of 40kg.For safety considerations and in order to avoid inconvenience at the airport, make sure that each of your suitcases doesn’t weigh more than a maximum of 32 kilos (70lbs). If it does you will be asked to repack and transfer some of your belongings into another bag. Please note that the maximum weight limit relates only to single items and does not affect the baggage allowance or excess baggage charges, which are set by individual airlines. However, some airlines/airports may have limits per bag which are lower, and for journeys with a single carrier, there may also be baggage limitation. Therefore, check with your carrier in advance.
Q2: Why should each piece of baggage not weigh more than 32 Kgs?
A2: Due to health and safety considerations the maximum weight in one piece should not weigh more than 32 Kgs (70 lbs).
Q3: How do I know how much baggage I can travel with free of charge?
A3: It’s important to ask your airline or travel agent when you purchase your ticket as the free baggage allowance can vary by airline, routing and class of fare. Free allowance baggage is generally defined as those items necessary for the passenger’s journey, such as clothing and personal articles within certain limitations.
Q4: How many pieces of checked baggage and what is the maximum size of checked baggage I am allowed to carry?
A4: IATA has guidelines for baggage but the number and weight of baggage allowed free of charge can vary by airline, routing and fare. The “piece concept” defines the number of bags entitled by the passenger’s ticket. Generally, two pieces of checked baggage are allowed per passenger, each piece weighing a maximum of 32 kilos (70 lb) and measuring no more than 158 cm (62 in) adding the dimensions: height + width + length. But check with the carrier because some airlines/airports have limits per bag which may be lower and for journeys with a single carrier, there may also be baggage limitation. The “piece concept” is generally in use on flights within, to and from Canada and the United States. Please check with your airline as to what is allowed.
Q5: What is the maximum size of hand baggage I am allowed to carry?
A5: Carry-on baggage must be stowed in the aircraft cabin which limits baggage to a size, weight and shape to fit under a passenger seat or in a storage compartment. Cabin baggage should have maximum length of 22 in (56 cm), width of 18 in (45 cm) and depth of 10 in (25 cm). These dimensions include wheels, handles, side pockets, etc. Baggage allowed onboard may vary from one to two pieces per passenger. Please check with your airline as to what is allowed.
Q6: What is the maximum weight allowed in a hand baggage?
A6: Normally 5 to 6 Kgs of hand baggage. It should be limited to essential items that you may require during the flight. Business & First class passengers may be allowed to carry up to 2 pieces. Carry-on baggage in excess of the weight limit is normally subject to an excess baggage fee and has to be checked at the baggage control.