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Not allowed to lift overhead , storing hand luggage?

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Not allowed to lift overhead , storing hand luggage?

I am currently recovering from major shoulder surgery , in march I will be travelling BA club world LGW- CUN .

I have been told that I will be fit to travel but will not be allowed to lift ANY weight overhead for 12 months post op- so not till next October.

As it is a long haul flight I will need to take a few things on board as hand luggage . ( camera , ipad small toiletry bag) , my problem is that as far as I can see the club world seats don't have any storage under the seat in front so the only place for my hand luggage is the overhead bins , ( the inseat storage tray is too tiny to fit my camera)but I'm sure I have read somewhere that air crew are not allowed to lift your hand luggage for you

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1. Re: Not allowed to lift overhead , storing hand luggage?

Oops sorry , posted before I finished the question .

Will air crew be allowed to lift my bag into the overhead locker for me based on medical grounds and if so will I need to supply a doctors letter ( or just show them my enormous scar and hope they don't faint Lo)or inform the airline beforehand.

Not taking any hand luggage is not an option .

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2. Re: Not allowed to lift overhead , storing hand luggage?

Provided your bag is reasonably sized and not particularly heavy, you will have no problem at all. As you are flying BA, if you politely ask a passing gentleman to assist you, they will gladly do so. Indeed, they may not need to be asked.

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Of couse they will help you - a ladies handbag and a camera bag for instance will be absolutely fine. What the crew won't do (quite rightly) is risk their own health trying to get a rollaboard or huge holdall up there for you. Any other passenger would help you too if you asked I think - I certainly would.

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When I fly solo as a very short female, who cannot possibly reach the overhead bins in BA's CW, before I've even fished out my book and shawl from my hand baggage, either a member of the crew or another passenger has always offered to stow my bag in the overhead locker, along with hanging up or folding my jacket!

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5. Re: Not allowed to lift overhead , storing hand luggage?

I was very pleased, a few weeks ago, when I saw a (tall, broad-shouldered) FA come to the rescue of a frail elderly lady by grabbing her heavy bag and shoving it in the overhead for her. So - even though they're not meant to do this (Health and Safety and all that) some FAs will do what comes naturally and just jump in and help.

Someone *will* assist you - either crew, or a fellow passenger, so I really wouldn't worry.

However, if you are still worried then I wonder if you should pre-book assistance? (This is free, and BA probably have a special phone number for it). You would then be escorted on board by a member of the assistance team, and they would deal with your carry-on (as it's part of their job)

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6. Re: Not allowed to lift overhead , storing hand luggage?

It always surprises me what people worry about, honestly, I mean that. Nicely, just ask a nearby pax to help you, it's no big deal,

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7. Re: Not allowed to lift overhead , storing hand luggage?

Thankyou so much for all your input - you have put my mind at rest :)

Froggy , that's one of the pitfalls of being stuck at home recuperating from an op for months - you worry about the most insignificant things , especially when like me you have been used to being an active , fit , independant woman- even before I posted I knew it was a silly thing to worry about- I just couldn't help myself LOL

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8. Re: Not allowed to lift overhead , storing hand luggage?

Yep, I guess, and horrible situation, hope you make a full recovery, but no don't worry about it, someone will help you. Just take what you need out the bag first for the flight, so as not to bother them again, and as you are in club world, there is a little drawer at the side of your seat you can stow whatever you need in. It is very slim though.

I don't know what kind of plane you are on, but if there is an upper deck, the window seats also have side bins underneath the windows, you get about three bins each per club seat, so nothing needs to go in the over head one, you can just sit it in the bins beside you, you can see on the seat plan if there is an upper deck and if you can score a window seat.

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9. Re: Not allowed to lift overhead , storing hand luggage?

Thanks froggy , sadly it's a 777 no upper deck :(

Edited: 26 November 2013, 15:39
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10. Re: Not allowed to lift overhead , storing hand luggage?

Shame, it would have been a great solution,,,,but it's not an issue either way,..