Limited room and fuel economies are forcing airway companies to strictly control baggage allowances (number and weight per passenger) and tax the excess baggage. Each company (regular, low cost or charter) has its own regulations, but in most cases the allowance is two items (maximum 50 pounds each) and one hand baggage which must not exceed 26 pounds. The maximum dimensions of carry-on baggage have been defined by the European Union as 22 x 18 x 10 inches. To raise your baggage allowance, you must travel in business or first class (+22 pounds per item).
Here are the luggage allowances for several major carriers, though remember that this information is liable to change, so always check on your airline and airport websites before you start packing.
Regular Carriers:-American Airlines: American Airlines passengers are permitted one carry-on bag and two pieces of hold baggage, maximum 23kg or 32kg depending on route, all free of charge.
-easyJet: easyJet passengers are allowed to carry one piece of hand baggage plus an additional accessory such as a laptop or handbag for free. Every item of standard checked hold baggage incurs a fee, payable at the time of booking or at the airport for a higher charge. Total hold baggage allowance is 20kg per person.
Authorised objects on board
On 6 November 2006, the European Commission regulated the restriction of liquids taken in hand luggage to disallow any containers exceeding 0.1 litre (0.02 gallon). Acceptable containers must be carried in a separate, clear, plastic, zip-top or resealable bag of 1 litre (8 inches x 8 inches). Exceptions to the rule include: baby food, medicine with prescriptions and products found in airport shops after the security controls, limited to the airport shopping regulations (duty free or not).
Limiting the risks of baggage transport
An estimated 2% of all baggage transported by airway companies is lost, therefore the likelihood that your baggage will lost on your next flight is very slim. Remember to keep everything handy that you definitely don't want to lose in your suitcase (ID papers, money and credit cards, jewels, anything personal you can't replace where you are going). Another solution if you are travelling in a group is to share out clothes and personal objects in each suitcase. That way if one piece of luggage gets lost, each of you will still have the necessities to begin your holidays.
What to do in case of lost or damaged baggage?
If your baggage goes missing or arrives damaged, then you should carry out the following procedure: file a complaint at the company's baggage service using the form provided at the airport where you have landed. If you leave the airport without it, according to the Montreal Convention (the regulation in airway baggage transportation) you have 21 days to file a complaint. Once the form is filled in then, send it to the airway company's customers service. Enclose photocopies of the flight ticket and boarding cards, as well as a letter describing the value of the lost objects in order to establish compensation. The Convention limits the compensation to a maximum £960 per passenger. If your baggage is significantly more valuable, we strongly recommend that you obtain adequate travel insurance to cover it prior to your journey.