I did hear today that now American Airlines will be putting the weight restrictions on luggage down to 50 pounds from 70, following Northwest Airlines. I figured this would happen, any truth to this???
Donna, here is a small piece from American Airlines Website.
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Dimensions, Weight and Number of Pieces
For flights within the US
The maximum weight per checked bag is 50 lbs/23 kgs.
The maximum weight per carry-on bag is 40 lbs/18 kgs.
For flights to/from Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada
The maximum weight per checked bag is 70 lbs/32 kgs.
The maximum weight per carry-on bag is 40 lbs/18 kgs.
For flights to international destinations
Excess Baggage for International Travel from Miami
Overweight baggage (individual pieces weighing over 70 pounds) will no longer be accepted for customers originating in Miami and traveling to international destinations including Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Bahamas, Central America and South America. Customers who are concerned about overweight baggage are encouraged to distribute baggage over several pieces.
The following information for excess baggage applies to flights within the United States and Puerto Rico. For excess baggage information for all other destinations, please contact an American Airlines representative.
Checked baggage in excess of the free baggage allowance will be charged as follows: $80 per piece for the first three additional pieces
$105 per piece for the fourth, fifth, and sixth additional pieces
$180 per piece for the seventh and any additional pieces
For travel within the 50 United States, checked baggage weighing over 50 lbs/23 kgs but not more than 70 lbs/32 kgs will be charged at the rate of $25 per piece.
For travel within the 50 United States, checked baggage weighing over 70lbs/32 kgs but not more than 100 lbs/45 kgs will be charged at the rate of $50 per piece.
For travel outside the 50 United States, checked baggage exceeding 70 lbs/32 kgs will be charged at the rate of $80 per piece.
Checked baggage exceeding 70 lbs/32 kgs will be charged at the rate of $80 per piece.
These charges are in addition to any charge assessed for additional or oversized baggage.
Baggage weighing more than 100 lbs/45 kgs will not be accepted as checked baggage. It may be shipped as air cargo.
Let's see, I guess the swim fins are staying home along with the second tuxedo , the extra sneakers and the" just in case it gets cold " sweater. I'll have to stop bringing two hard cover books to read . Gram will have to stop bringing that extra (just in case I change my mind) formal dress and probably have to leave home the quart sized shampoo and conditioner . I think we have one suitcase that weighs 50 pounds empty.
I guess that one is staying in the attic.
Obviously American Airlines has no consideration for people going on a 14 day cruise
with 3 or 4 formal nights and 5 port stops with snorkelling. It's a good thing I brought back the 3 onyx chess sets from Cozumel a couple of years back.
Reminds me of the days when passengers were asked their weight prior to boarding. In this manner the passengers were distributed for even weight in the plane.
Also at that time the luggage was weighed and in excess the passengers were charged extra for going over the limit. I remember weighing that luggage prior to leaving the house to make sure we did not get charged extra.
The numbers of bags were also limited to each person.
What comes around goes around. We have gone back to the 1950's. Next thing you know we will be flying in a DC3.
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Explain to me why it is cheaper for the airline to have you check 3 50 lb suitcases (150 lbs total) instead of 2 60lb (120 lbs total) suitcases. Aren't they going to need more groud crew to deal with all the extra bags. This pretty much forces 2 people to have 4 bags instead of 3 to get what they need to come along.
If they really are concerned about saving money, it is a backwards way to go about it.
I sure wish Midwest Express had more flights to FLL.
I was thinking the same thing Michelle. I usually get away with one somewhat heavy large suitcase. Now I am going to have to haul 2 medium size lighter weight ones. I do have concerns for the risk of back injuries for the workers, but I wonder if that is the real reason for the changes.
Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Re: Is it true...
Phyll, as someone who does some lifting and bending and twisting with my job, I can sympathize with the workers, BUT, I think it is totally a revenue generating policy. There hasn't been a big problem with injuries before, why now? I sure am glad I live in Milwaukee, the main hub of Midwest Express!
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Isn't this going to cause longer waits come the first of the year when all checked baggage has to be screened, since everyone is going to probably have one more suitcase then they usually do. I have already read about how come the first of the year the waits at airports are going to skyrocket because they don't have enough equipment in place to do the screening that will be required.
We usually make it with one suitcase each and a shared garment bag but we are probably going to have to add a third small suitcase to distribute the weight.
My husband is a physical therapist and yes the airplane loaders can hurt their back if they do the lifting wrong, but they are taught how to lift correctly and part of the job description is to be able to lift a certain number of pounds, which is more then 50. So if they do it wrong it is because they have chose to ignore their training.
I'm pretty sure if you purchased your tickets before this, you should be OK with the previous weight restrictions. I did notice they are different when flying into Puerto Rico, which we will be in Feb also. Just purchased a new travelpro and its definitely lighter than my old hard sided luggage, so thats good.