Monday, 13 October 2014

Flight Carry On Luggage Guide

Airline passengers would be well-advised if they first check their carriers ‘ policies on carry-on luggage. The guidelines for hand-carried bags can vary depending on the type of aircraft Carry-on space, for instance, may be quite limited for turbo-prop planes as compared to jetliners.  

However, don’t just assume to have more leeway on a bigger aircraft as the number of passengers onboard a flight and plane seating configuration can also determine the allowed hand-carried items. The varying carry-on luggage allowed on different aircrafts would be a particular concern for passengers with connecting flights. Hand-carried items allowed in a previous flight may not be accommodated as a carry-on and may have to be checked in with the rest of the passengers’ large luggage.

Rule of thumb on weight and shape

As a general rule, when flying to ShaSa Resort on Koh Samui an airline would allow each passenger one personal bag and one carry-on bag. What smart travelers would choose as a carry-on would be a bag with a width measuring 18 inches or less. This is considering that the hand-carried luggage allowed in most airlines typically doesn’t exceed 45 linear inches which can be computed by adding the length and width of the case.

Generally, 40 pounds is the weight limit for a carry-on bag. Odd-shaped bags which are either too long or too wide may be rejected even though these are within the weight limit. Most airlines would have at their gates a sizer box for a quick check if a passenger can carry a particular bag on board.

Small items allowed

The personal bag that a passenger can bring aboard the plan can be a purse or briefcase, a laptop case, tote bag, or book bag. Extra paraphernalia such as camera bags and diaper bags or child seats and strollers for ticketed children can also be carried inside the aircraft. Nonetheless, it would be wise to limit such extra accessory items to preempt any potential hassle while boarding.

Issues with other passengers can also be avoided if utmost care is taken in storing carry-on bags at the plane’s overhead compartment. Having just the right sized hand-carried luggage would be an advantage as there’s the option of placing it under your seat, particularly in crowded flights when overhead bins can fill up quickly.
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