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Angry men unloaded after cabin bag weight argument

October 23, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 2 Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Cut-price carriers are enforcing cabin baggage size and weight limits more strictly these days. An argument over the subject has delayed a domestic flight in Thailand for half an hour, starting after two male passengers allegedly hurled their cabin baggage out the door and onto the runway after being told it was too heavy to bring aboard.

Two video clips of the dispute show a flight attendant asking two passengers to get off the plane for carrying luggage weighing over seven kilograms. The men refused and a lengthy harangue ensued, with one of the aggrieved men videoing as he argues, and other passengers venting their feelings. Thai AirAsia has defended its cabin baggage weight policy after the video clips went viral, the Bangkok Post reported.

The budget airline confirmed that the flight shown in the clip was FD3187 from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Bangkok on Sunday.

The flight attendant explained the rules but the man shown in the clips is clearly unhappy. Finally, the men were asked to leave the plane. One clip appears to show security or police arriving.

Thai AirAsia said in the statement its staff had complied with Civil Aviation Department regulation 54, which requires any passenger causing a disturbance, threatening or insulting the crew to be denied service and asked to leave the aircraft.

Once unloaded, the two passengers were given time to simmer down at the airport and placed on the next flight at no extra charge, a statement by the airline said.

Thai AirAsia restricts each passenger to one piece of cabin baggage and one laptop bag or one handbag. The main cabin baggage shall not exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm or weigh more than seven kilograms.

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Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. bruce weston says:

    got to say i agree rules are very CLEARLY posted up front with ALL airlines if everyone made up their own rules it would be chaos Low cost airlines have very limited space which has to be paid for , if you want more pay more cant expect a cheap flight then want all the bells and whistles everything has a cost

  2. Christy Summerhill says:

    The question is, were they made to minimize the weight of the luggage in question, before allowed on the next flight?

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