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Hand baggage restrictions to be lifted soon...

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Hand baggage restrictions to be lifted soon...

...according to BA.

This from the Travelmole website -

"Limits on the amount of hand luggage taken on flights are to be lifted soon, British Airways predicted today.

The airline revealed a 26% rise in pre-tax profits to £593 million for the half year to September.

BA chief executive Willie Walsh said: "More good news for our customers will be the removal of restrictions on hand-baggage which we expect soon.

"This will go a long way to relieving the hassle factor of the one bag limit."

The airline continues to staff up to record levels and has improved its baggage performance despite a 15% increase in hold luggage.

BA said the weak dollar was helping reduce costs by £100 million over last year, while premium traffic remains strong."

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21. Re: Hand baggage restrictions to be lifted soon...

I have mixed views about the increase in hand baggage allowances. At least it was fair for everyone if rules were consistently applied & there was plenty room in the overhead lockers for all.On flying from Nadi ( Fiji ) last year into LAX I'm really not sure how the plane took off. Between lots of hand luggage & the 2 x 32kg per person luggage allowance I was amazed what was carried on that plane.

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22. Re: Hand baggage restrictions to be lifted soon...

Fly Ryanair; it will soon be hand luggage only and that will save a lot of questions!( I wonder what will go in the holds of their planes?)

Actually it has always amazed me that the security staff seem to rigidly enforce the one bag rule, after which everyone promptly goes to the duty free and comes out with about six more bags.

The reason for this is two-fold: (1) to minimise the time spent screening baggage and (2) to maximise the revenue from airport shop sales as you can take hardly anything anything through that you bought outside.

Guess which is the priority?

Anyway, if I read the small print correctly, it will be weeks if not months before anything changes so far as flights to and from the UK are concerned.

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24. Re: Hand baggage restrictions to be lifted soon...

Sigmund F of Vienna writes: Women - what do they want?

Well, Sigmund, it's not complicated. Women want to travel through UK airports without having to perform a stylised pavane of placing one's handbag into one's carryon bag for the purposes of an x-ray inspection, given that moments after the manoeuvre is completed it will be undone as the handbag is removed.

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25. Re: Hand baggage restrictions to be lifted soon...

this thread prompted me to check Virgin Atlantic who I'll be flying in December when I move...it appears that even though the flight is departing from the US the airline still has the one bag rule for economy...if I've misunderstood let me know...also FYI extra bags on Virgin right now are $100 each for those flying economy! I'm sure the other airlines are similar so if someone is flying with a lot of stuff might be more cost effective to ship it ahead of time!

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26. Re: Hand baggage restrictions to be lifted soon...

It's interesting (well it is to me) that so many people are still unaware of the current one bag restrictions or somehow think it doesn't apply in their case.

I met a couple today on a layover and the lady had two bags, one of which will somehow have to get inside the other when they get back to the airport this evening.

There are always scores of staff at Heathrow at the entrance to the security check area in each terminal advising or helping passengers. Roll on Jan 7 which is when those airports who have installed adequate screening will allow more than one bag to be carried on.

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"BA said the weak dollar was helping reduce costs by £100 million over last year, while premium traffic remains strong."

Gee, I'm glad the the weak dollar is good for something! (Not so hot when trying to plan a vacation - lol)

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28. Re: Hand baggage restrictions to be lifted soon...

For me the issue isn't just the "one bag" rule when departing from Britain. It's the weight restriction for any carryon, even with the one bag plus hand bag allowances when departing from the US going to Britain. As I understand it, the weight limit is about 17 pounds (in US weight) which for many people means no roll aboards which can weigh 12 pounds or more empty. For domestic flights in US there are restrictions on the number of bags but there really isn't any weight limit for carry ons (unless we're talking something REALLY heavy). Those of us who travel domestically all the time and are used to putting our fancy roll aboard in the overhead, thereby rarely having to check bags at all, are in for a real surprise when traveling to Britain.

Of course, we are traveling to Britain, so it's worth it :-)

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29. Re: Hand baggage restrictions to be lifted soon...

I am very happy about the relaxation of the one bag rule. And for others who have commented, it was "one bag through security," which meant people could take out their purse or other item once through. To me, I think this was so the security people could cope with less amounts of bags to check.

And for Americans traveling outside the US, I was surprised to discover the "one bag rule through security" at SeaTac last May. I've talked to a few other people who were surprised at this rule, but only one other person I know seems to have experienced it -- when she left NYC last July for London.

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