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Efficient Packing

Wed, 05/31/2017
Airline Baggage Restrictions

If you’ve ever had to rearrange your bags, chuck something away at the airport or leave heavy items behind, you’ll know the importance of planning your packing before you go to the airport. Savvy travellers and frequent fliers know that well-packed bags are one of the ultimate secrets of a stress free flight. Here are our tips on how to do it right, adhering to airline restrictions and what to do if the airline loses, damages or delays your baggage…

Hand Luggage

When packing hand luggage bear in mind that almost all airlines have size restrictions as well as weight restrictions. Often you will be asked to insert your bag into a space to check its size, the airline staff does this to ensure that your cabin bag will fit inside the overhead locker.

As the aircraft only has space for a certain number of hand luggage bags, it is common that the gate staff will limit the number of passengers who can board the plane with their hand luggage. Those whose luggage does not fit on the aircraft will be asked to check their luggage for free so that it can be put in the hold.

Here are the specifications for cabin baggage of some of the most popular EU airlines:

Air France- 1 cabin bag (55cm x 35cm x 25cm) and 1 personal item (Maximum weight 12kg)

British Airways- 1 cabin bag (56cm x 45cm x 25cm) and 1 personal item (Maximum weight 23kg)

EasyJet- 1 cabin bag (56cm x 45cm x 25cm) (No weight restriction)

KLM- 1 cabin bag (55cm x 35cm x 25cm) and 1 personal item (Maximum weight 12kg)

Lufthansa- 1 cabin bag (55cm x 40cm x 23cm) (Maximum weight 8kg)

Ryanair- 1 cabin bag (55cm x 40cm x 20cm) and 1 small bag (35cm x 20cm x 20cm) (Maximum weight 10kg)

Vueling- 1 cabin bag (55cm x 40cm x 20cm) (Maximum weight 10kg)

Remember: You’re not allowed to carry anything that might be deemed as a weapon onto the aircraft, and there are restrictions on the amount of liquid, creams and gels which you’re allowed too (any that you do take in hand luggage will have to be in a clear plastic bag and in bottles of less than 100ml).

Checked Baggage

Different airlines will have varying free baggage allowances and fees for checked luggage, as well as different weight specifications. These can be checked at the airline website, or you can find out by calling the airline customer service hotline. Make sure you weigh your luggage before going to the airport; if you don’t you might end up in a dilemma over what to sacrifice and take out at the airport bag check desk.

Make your luggage stand out so that it’s easier to spot when it arrives on the carousel at baggage claim- there might be ten people with a plan black soft holdall but if yours has a yellow ribbon tied to it you’ll see it straight away, which also means less chance of somebody else walking off with your suitcase. Keep some kind of identification inside the suitcase at all times, you never know when you might need to prove that the luggage bag is yours.


What if my luggage gets lost, delayed or damaged in transit?

If your baggage is lost, damaged or delayed whilst in the care of the airline which you flew with, then you are entitled to claim the amount which the affected items are worth. Under the Montreal Convention, there is a limit to the sum of money which you can claim; this is 1131 SDR (Special Drawing Rights- a type of foreign exchange reserve created by the International Monetary Fund). At the time of writing this blog one SDR is worth €1.24 or £1.07 or $1.38.

For help generating your refund or compensation claim letter for lost, damaged or delayed luggage, head to Lost & Found.

Get Paid When Delayed is a free online community platform dedicated to passenger rights in the EU. Start your claim for delayed and cancelled flights or if you’ve been denied boarding, read our blog to find out airline secrets, flight tips and other travel trivia, head to the flight distance calculator to work out how far you flew or read about the EU Regulation 261/2004 to find out about your rights as an air passenger in the EU.