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What a carry-on! Jetstar joins the 7kg maximum club

October 29, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Jetstar is preparing to cut its economy-class carry-on baggage limit from 10 kilograms to seven kilograms, bringing it in line with competitors including Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, AirAsia X,  Scoot and Lion Air.

Airlines in general are cracking down on carry-on weight and size limits as part of a drive to free up space in overhead bins. The measures do not affect the permissible sie and weight of their passengers, only their cabin baggage.

At present, overhead storage lockers often become so packed with big cases and bulky items that the final passengers to board find no space there at all. That can require cabin crew to take the carry-on items from passengers and find some other section of the overhead bins in which to store them – in turn leading to difficulties and delays in reuniting passengers with their baggage after landing. http://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/b2b/

Jetstar’s new allowance limit will apply to all domestic and international flights booked from 28 October 2014 for flights departing from 25 November 2014.

The new limits allow economy passengers to bring one main item of carry-on baggage and one other small item, provided the total combined weight does not exceed seven kilograms.

Business passengers can double up, bringing aboard two main items of carry-on baggage, provided neither item exceeds seven kilograms. The previous limit in business was 10 kilograms.

Eagle-eyed Jetstar cabin baggage officers will enforce the airline’s carry-on limits at five airports: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns and Gold Coast. Passengers whose baggage busts the limits will pay for their infraction:  AUD 50 on domestic flights and AUD 160 on international flights.

In Asia, carry-on baggage weight restrictions have sometimes led to disputes between passengers and cabin crew, as Global Travel Media noted recently: Angry men unloaded after cabin bag weight argument http://www.eglobaltravelmedia.com.au/angry-men-unloaded-after-cabin-bag-weight-argument/

Written by : Peter Needham

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