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Qantas changes carry-on rule

Airline sees win/win for passengers and carrier

From 25 March, Qantas domestic passengers will be able to take heavier luggage on board cabins after the airline announced it would be upping the maximum weight of carry-on bags. 



While the overall limit will remain unchanged at 14kgs per person, flyers will soon be able to carry one bag with a weight up to 10kgs and a second piece up to four kilograms. 


Previously, flyers could only carry bags with a maximum weight of 7kgs. 


The move comes after the flying kangaroo received complaints about the 7kg limit, The Age reported. 


Physical size limits will remain the same and passengers will still be able to carry a small personal item on board.


A Qantas trial over the summer revealed that nine out of ten flyers travelled with around 10kgs of carry-on luggage in total. 


But two in five (around 40%) passengers carried bags that were over the 7kg limit. 


"We’ve had feedback from our frequent flyers who said they can easily keep within the 14 kilogram limit but would like flexibility in how they use their cabin baggage allowance," Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David said. 


Qantas believes the new policy will also allow for more space in overhead bins, if flyers choose to board with just one 10kg bag rather than two smaller pieces of luggage. 


As well as being inconvenient for passengers looking for overhead space, compartments that are too full can be a safety risk, according to Mr David. 


What do you think of the new rule? Would this stop you from carrying two bags on board with you?


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 8 March 2019

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