Sunday, 20 March 2016

Hand Luggage … the pros and cons

LUGGAGE restrictions seem to change all the time, says Claim Flights, which represents passenger rights with airlines in Britain and Europe. It urges travellers to be up-to-date with current regulations of the airline with which they’re flying. 

The regulations for check-in luggage are relatively straightforward, although passengers should ensure they are aware of the weight they can check-in and the number of luggage items allowed. Don't assume that all airlines are the same.

But the regulations for hand luggage are varied, and they change. While some airlines will allow you to carry a large bag as well as a handbag or laptop, many are far stricter than this.

Travelling with only hand luggage has its benefits. It’s quicker, since there is no need to join a check-in queue on departure or wait for it on arrival. It's also safer to keep high value items – laptops, tablets, jewellery – with you. But make sure you are aware of hand luggage restrictions on connecting flights. easyJet will allow you unlimited weight on your hand luggage, but if you're connecting flight is Thomas Cook, you would be allowed only 6kg with one accessory.

And it's not just the weight that's important. Remember to check the allowed sizes for hand luggage. It might be that you have to buy a new bag to accommodate the size restrictions.

Unfortunately, it's not just about the weight and size of your hand luggage anymore. According to, there are other restrictions to consider, especially concerning the amount of liquids that can be taken in hand luggage.

Liquids include:

  • All drinks, including water 
  • Liquid or semi-liquid foods (soup, jam, honey, and syrups) 
  • cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara, and lip gloss 
  • Sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray, and spray deodorants 
  • Pastes, including toothpaste 
  • Gels, including hair and shower gel 
  • Contact lens solution 
If you do take liquids in your hand luggage:

  • Containers must hold no more than 100ml, and must be in a single, transparent re-sealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm 
  • Contents must fit comfortably inside the bag, so it can be sealed 
  • The bag must not be knotted or tied at the top 
  • One plastic bag per person 

Claim Flights CEO, Dr. Mirko Ulbrich, says: ‘Have a great holiday, but don't forget to check out the hand luggage restrictions for the airlines you are travelling with to avoid fees and frustrations. Also, if you plan on doing some shopping when abroad, do make sure your luggage is still within the weight allowances or you could be in for an unpleasant surprise at the airport.’

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