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Carry-on crackdown: luggage blitz

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Yada Yada

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smh.com.au said:
Carry-on crackdown: luggage blitz
April 24, 2006 - 2:55PM
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Businesspeople are being targeted in a crackdown on the amount of baggage carried onto planes.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is encouraging airlines to use their legal authority to limit the weight and size of baggage taken into cabins.

A CASA spokesman said businesspeople were the main offenders because they often did not want to wait for luggage coming out of the cargo hold at the end of a flight.

"We made some observations at major airports in January and discovered that self-service check-ins, which are popular with businesspeople, needed to be better monitored," he said.

The airports monitored were Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Melbourne.

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Anyone here offending? :eek:
 

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Yada Yada said:
Anyone here offending? :eek:
Not me as the pre-requisite is to travel in business class. :shock:
 

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JohnK said:
Yada Yada said:
Anyone here offending?
Not me as the pre-requisite is to travel in business class.
No mention was made of class of travel , just that it was typically business people who have the idea that they are too important to have to wait for bags at a carousel and so should be entitled to take kitchen sink on board

Dave
 

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Interestingly the issue CASA has seems to be with size rather than weight - this is inferred in the article, but it's not necessarily true, just my reading of it. I have been guilty of having the right size carry on luggage, but beyond the 7kg weight requirement.
 

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Dave Noble said:
JohnK said:
Yada Yada said:
Anyone here offending?
Not me as the pre-requisite is to travel in business class.
No mention was made of class of travel , just that it was typically business people who have the idea that they are too important to have to wait for bags at a carousel and so should be entitled to take kitchen sink on board
I personally don't mind other business pax taking the kitchen sink on board, provided it does not hit me in the head in the event of turbulence. :mrgreen:
 

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Here is the media release from the CASA web site.

CASA Media Release - Monday, 24 April 2006
Airlines told: Keep cabin bags within limits
Airlines are being reminded to take a strong stand against passengers who try to take excessive carry-on baggage on to aircraft.

The limits set for bags taken onboard by passengers are legally enforceable and airlines have the right to refuse to carry people who will not comply with baggage restrictions.

Different carry-on baggage limits apply to each type of aircraft, so passengers must follow the instructions they are given by their airline.

The importance of making sure passengers follow carry-on baggage limits is highlighted in this month's Flight Safety Australia magazine.

Flight Safety Australia magazine is the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's flagship publication and is circulated to 90,000 people in the aviation industry.

The Flight Safety Australia story warns some passengers will become aggressive when told they can not take everything they are carrying onboard.

“Cabin crew are legally required to enforce the operator's carry-on baggage limits,” the magazine says.

“This is far more effective if the oversized or overweight baggage is caught early.

“Preferably the offending baggage should be stopped and put into the hold at check-in – or at least at the aerobridge.”

Airline staff are told they have the legal right to stand up to objections from passengers who try to take too much baggage onboard.

“If the situation is not resolved, refer the matter to the pilot-in-command, who has the power to issue a legal direction.

“The size and weight of carry-on baggage is limited in the interests of safety.

“That's because if a flight encounters turbulence – or has an accident – serious damage can result from cabin baggage hurling through the cabin.”


Media contact:
Peter Gibson
mobile 0419 296 446
Ref: MR0615
 

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I get Flight Safety Australia and had read that article earlier this week. When I have more time, I'll post the article...
 

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I'm rarely worried about carry on falling out of lockers onto my head...I guess one of the advantages of choosing window seating. :wink:

Although I do carry on luggage which is generally very close to the 7kg limit, I try not to exceed this as I do care about what damage it might cause if it ever falls out. I actually think that even 7kg would be rather unpleasant especially if it is small and solid.

Mal.
 

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Mal said:
Lindsay Wilson said:
I get Flight Safety Australia and had read that article earlier this week. When I have more time, I'll post the article...
It's available online as a PDF if anyone wants a read.

http://www.casa.gov.au/fsa/2006/apr/42-44.pdf
Thanks Mal,

I was going to post this earlier along with the other however the CASA web site kept on locking up on me. :cry:
 
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Well I will fess up, over the past two weeks I have flown an eggbeater to and from ARM from BNE twice.

The cabin allowance is 1 bag of 4kg weight and I took a laptop (4kg) and a day pack (varying 6 - 8 kg) as hand luggage.

Nary a blink of an eyelid, but I was the only one doing it.

The pilots were aware as I was sat in an emergency exit seat and they put my bags in the little stowage area.

Naughty me :shock:
 

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I got sprung on a smaller Crash-8 BNE to Emerald when the check-in bloke actually weighed my carry-on QFF briefcase following my checked luggage.

Seems it was up to 17kg (laptop & files etc) and the Crash-8 limit was 4kg.

He must have noticed me listing to one side when approaching! As I didn't want the gorillas to load it with checked-in luggage, he kindly put a HEAVY tag on it and told me to hand it to the chief Gorilla upon boarding.

Prior to boarding it was obvious other pax had much larger/heavier carryons so I discreetly removed the tag and boarded.

My main issue is with hard-shell carryons that have no give and crunched my QFF brief in the overhead enough that I had to purchase another.
 

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Departing MEL (International) on 31st March all carry on was being weighed just after people went through the big silver doors to the immigration hall. Anything overweight was redirected to be checked in. I got a close look as my briefcase weighed exactly 7.0Kg.
 

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straitman said:
Departing MEL (International) on 31st March all carry on was being weighed just after people went through the big silver doors to the immigration hall. Anything overweight was redirected to be checked in. I got a close look as my briefcase weighed exactly 7.0Kg.
I remember the same experience in MEL about 7 years ago! Nothing seems to have changed.
 

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NM said:
... I remember the same experience in MEL about 7 years ago! Nothing seems to have changed.
Maybe there's a bit of heterodyning there.

My carryon has never been weighed at that point; my last travel ex MEL Int was 7th April.
 

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[quote="serfty]Maybe there's a bit of heterodyning there.

My carryon has never been weighed at that point; my last travel ex MEL Int was 7th April.[/quote]

That's a big word for a Wednesday afternoon. :oops: I had to look up the meaning :!: :oops:
 

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straitman said:
Departing MEL (International) on 31st March all carry on was being weighed just after people went through the big silver doors to the immigration hall. Anything overweight was redirected to be checked in. I got a close look as my briefcase weighed exactly 7.0Kg.
Hey Bill,

I got extra specially nice treatment at DRW recently.

My carryon was 7.3 KG and there was no comment at all.

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They have been cracking down at Brisbane Int (but not domestic as far as I can tell).

Stupid thing is they ask me how heavy my carry onn is and when I reply that it is 14kg I just get told to be carefull going trough to customs as someone will be checking it.

When I go past the rent a cop by the scales he just waives me through.

Have not seen any inspection in Sydney or overseas as yet.

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Flew LHR to CDG tuesday. Completely full, and every person seemed to have 2 or 3 bags. No locker room if you weren't one of the first 25 people on the plane, then at the baggage claim there was only 30 pax waiting for bags, rest just breezed straight out the door.
 

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A few years ago I was travelling international from Syd. As the trip was only a few days I took 2 carry ons - my laptop and bits and pieces in one and clothes in the other. Because I had no other checked baggage, they weighed them both and made me check one and transfer some from my remaining carry on to the checked bag.
I think my carry on has only been weighed one other time at international checkin and it passed.
 
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