3 things you need to know about baggage allowance

We rarely travel without any bags or luggage, and it can be daunting to deal with the plethora of rules, especially if this is your first time flying.

If you’re new to this or you want to refresh your knowledge on the rules of travel this article is aimed at you – no need to do guesswork.

What about free and carry-on baggage

A lot has changed in the past 20 years – since 2001 the rules for luggage and carry-on have dramatically worsened in regards to size and allowance, though it depends on the airline and class of flight you are taking.

One thing that is important to mention is that this article is aimed to create a framework rather than look at specific individual approaches to the baggage allowance of a certain company.

The general rule for carry-on baggage

Carry-on is generally restricted to a certain size, specifics of which depend on the model of the plane and the overhead compartment space – but generally, you are not allowed to have anything above these dimensions – 55x40x23 cm or 8 kilograms.

In cases where the baggage exceeds the allowance, you will be stopped at the gate and the luggage will be placed in the cargo hold which costs more than regular check-in.

For check-in baggage allowance

Whenever dealing with check-in there are several rules that can help you – keep in mind that damages to the casing might be caused so avoid transporting fragile items.

Be sure to wrap your luggage to protect it in transportation and to note that it might be subject to a security check, so always keep in mind the allowed items on a flight or check-in luggage.

Generally, you are allowed to have luggage no large than 158 cubic centimetres, anything larger or heavier might be subject to additional charge and other transformational accommodations.

You need to consult with the airline which you are travelling with because in the case of WizAir you do not get carry-on support and you have to check-in everything.

What happens with your luggage when there’s a flight delay

With the busy life that we lead, airline companies try to accommodate more than 10 million passengers each week, sometimes allowing for aircraft to stay in use 24/7 for months straight.

In fact, budget companies use the well-built quality of aircraft to their advantage and rarely subject them to thorough maintenance because it costs time and money (in this case it’s the same thing). 

This will, and has, resulted in the flight delays for more than 3+ hours – but what happens to your luggage if the airline cannot ship it with your current flight?

Since planes share destinations, sometimes a piece of baggage which cannot be shipped along with the passenger is transported with a different flight that arrives at the same time as your current one.

In the case of a delay to the flight that you are on but a regularly scheduled landing on the flight your luggage is being transported with, your luggage will be in holding until you reach your destination.

Cases of lost luggage at airports are not an unseen sight, in fact, some travel agents provide luggage insurance in such situations.

How to deal with delays – the Colibra way

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