Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Airline Baggage Rules..

These are generalizations of many different air line's specific baggage rules. Please check with the Airlines about specific airlines and flights if you are close to any of these limits. 

Domestic Flights: (US & Europe) b> Checked Bags: The general rule for domestic flights is you can check 3 bags and carry-on none, check 2 bags and carry-on one, or check one bag and carry-on two. The checked bags cannot exceed 70 pounds per bag, and the dimensions cannot exceed 45" x 55" x 62" for the largest bag. The second largest bag cannot have a dimension that exceeds 55", and the third checked bag cannot exceed 45". 

Carry on Bags: The total weight of all the carry-on bags combined cannot exceed 40 pounds on some airlines, but others allow a single bag to weigh up to 50 pounds. The maximum allowable dimensions are 22" x 9" x 14". A briefcase is considered one carry-on bag, but a normal sized woman's purse is not. Some airlines allow coach class travelers only one carry-on bag. 

Domestic Flights: (India) bChecked Bags: The current baggage allowance is 20Kg in Economy class and 30 Kg in Business class for INR passengers and 30Kg in Economy and 40 Kg in Business class for USD passengers. 

Passengers traveling from USA / USA territories / Canada and connecting onto a domestic airline flight can avail of the 2 Piece concept where in passengers are allowed to carry 2 pieces of baggage weighing a total of 64 kgs.Each piece not weighing more than 32 kgs - the total dimension of both bags should not exceed 106 inch

Carry on Bags: The maximum allowable dimensions are 65 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm (LxWxH). 

Note:Passengers travelling on flights originating from certain airports will not be allowed to carry any hand baggage. Please check with the airlines regarding this. 

International Flights: Checked Bags: 2 pieces, maximum weight of 70 pounds per bag. The largest piece of luggage cannot exceed 62" in any dimension, and the second piece of luggage cannot exceed 55" in any dimension.. 

Carry on Bags:Some U.S. The carriers allow 2 bags weighing up to 50 pounds per bag, and not to exceed 22" x 9" x 14". Airlines based outside of North America may only allow one carry-on bag not to exceed 11 pounds and 22" x 9" x 14". Note: Slight Difference will be there between Business Class, First Class and Economy Class. 

Damaged Luggage: Airlines have been known in the past to damage pieces of luggage, perhaps it has happened to you. 

In the past, generally speaking, airlines have paid for repairs to most types of damage to luggage. Today things are changing and airlines are becoming stricter in enforcing the policies regarding the types of damage they are responsible for. Things airlines will not cover include: normal wear and tear, minor cuts, scratches, dents, or soiling/loss or damage to parts protruding from the case (e.g. wheels, feet, pull-handles, flaps, pull-straps)/damage resulting from oversized or over-packed bags/manufacturer defects. Airline personnel are not always uniform in enforcing their baggage damage policies. It is best to check over your baggage upon pickup and make a claim with the airline immediately with regard to any damage you may notice. Most airlines will not accept damage claims unless they are made within a reasonable time frame. Airlines have greatly improved upon the ways in which they handle passenger luggage in recent years. The majority of damage occurs with poorly constructed bags which literally break, tear, and fall apart through normal usage and handling. For many years airlines have been responsible for much of this damage, but recent changes have allowed the airlines, legally, not to accept responsibility for much of this damage. Therefore, it is important that you own our well constructed luggage. Luggage Precautions: Before departure, itemize your bags' contents and their worth, and label the bags with your name, address, and phone number. (If you use your home address, cover it so that potential thieves can't see it readily.) Inside each bag, pack a copy of your itinerary. At check-in, make sure that each bag is correctly tagged with the destination airport's three-letter code. If your bags arrive damaged or fail to arrive at all, file a written report with the airline before leaving the airport. 

General Notice Of Baggage Liability Limitations: Liability for loss, delay, or damage to baggage is limited unless a higher value is declared in advance and additional charges are paid. For most international travel (including domestic portions of international journeys) liability for loss, delay, or damage to baggage is limited to approximately $9.07 per pound ($20.00 per kilogram) for checked baggage and $400 per passenger for unchecked baggage. For travel wholly within U.S. points, federal rules require any limit on an airline's baggage liability to be at least $1250 per passenger for aircraft having less than 61 seats, and $2500 per passenger for all other aircraft. Excess valuation may be declared on certain types of valuable articles. Carriers assume no liability for fragile, valuable or perishable articles. Further information may be obtained from the carrier.

Prepared & Collection by M.Ajmal khan.

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