Guide to baggage restrictions

2014-03-25 17:06


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Being told upon check-in that your luggage is overweight or having to stow an unlocked cabin bag with personal belongs are just some of the worst airport momentspassengers have to go through.

According to research done by Skyscanner in the United Kingdom, almost one in four passengers has been caught out by airline cabin baggage restrictions and ended up having to pay additional fees to check in their luggage at the airport.

Travelmole reports at least 1 000 passengers surveyed found cabin baggage allowances to be confusing.

Skyscanner produced an infographic based on popular European carriers as a measure to provide clarity around the restrictions, showing Easyjet passengers are worst off while Iberia and British Airways appear to be the most generous airlines.

Check out the infographic below as well as the  latest local airline restriction as detailed on their respective websites:

Kulula allows 1 free checked piece of luggage not exceeding 20kg and 1 piece of cabin luggage not exceeding 7kg.

The option to bring extra bag weighing 20kgs can be purchased online up to two hours prior to the flight departure for R245. Purchasing allowance the extra bag at the airport is charged at R350 per bag.

British Airways, operated by Comair domestically, allows 1 checked bag not exceeding 23kg (economy). Passengers travelling in Club (business) class and Gold and Silver Executive Club status members receive additional baggage allowances.

Passengers are allowed 1 piece of hand baggage and 1 handbag (laptop bag or briefcase as Cabin baggage not exceeding 7kg (max 115cm; 56cmx36cmx23cm)

Mango allows passengers two checked pieces of luggage not exceeding 20kg in total and one piece of Cabin luggage limited to 7kg.

SAA allows 1 piece not exceeding 23kg and maximum dimension of 158cm for domestic travel - with 2 to 3 pieces allowed on various international routes- see the table here.

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* Please note: A correction has been made on this article which previously cited British Airways Long Haul baggage allowances for the domestic flights operated by Comair.

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