Hello fellow Atomic Travellers!
Traveling to tourist destinations means bringing along your bags. Of course, those bags have to be carried by air, unless you prefer to travel with no bags at all :-D. As much as you want to bring everything you want wherever you’re going, you need to consider the airline’s guidelines regarding baggage. If every passenger overloaded their bags in a flight, there is a real chance that the plane might find it difficult to take off due to the weight.
Having said that, we should be aware of what those guidelines are and obey them accordingly. Here are the usual guidelines:
Cebu Pacific lately clarified that they are not allowing passengers who have more than one carry-on or cabin baggage (this means a bag that is peculiarly big, suggesting that it might be carrying your additional clothes for the trip). This means that if you intend to have two carry-ons, you need to choose which one to check in at the airplane’s luggage compartment.
The carry-on bag’s maximum weight should be seven kilograms, and it should measure at least 56cm (22 inches) long x 36cm (14 inches) tall x 23cm (10 inches) wide.
The guidelines also say that a laptop and accessories in its own carrier (a laptop bag) or a handbag is allowed. Baby bags are also allowed though of course it means you have a baby who is traveling with you.
Air Asia says all guests are allowed to carry onboard two pieces of cabin baggage: the cabin baggage, which should have the same measurements (at least 56cm (22 inches) long x 36cm (14 inches) tall x 23cm (10 inches) wide) and must fit the overhead cabin compartment; and the laptop bag/handbag/small bag, which should fit under the seat in front of you. Both bags should weigh in at seven kilograms.
Passengers with babies are also allowed their baby bags.
According to PAL, passengers are allowed one carry-on baggage small enough to fit either the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you. It should weigh seven kilograms and measures 115cm (45 inches) on all sides.
In addition, they can carry onboard two of any of the following items: small handbag, purse, overcoat/blanket, small camera/binoculars, laptop with case, and a reasonable amount of reading material.
Persons with disabilities can bring their assistive devices inside the cabin for free.
Babies are not allowed to have their carry-on baggage in domestic flights. They may be allowed one collapsible stroller or carrying basket or car seat, subject to availability of space.
Aside from these requirements, the following items are not allowed to be brought onboard the airplane at all:
- Firearms and ammunition
- Explosives, flammable or non-inflammable gas (aerosol paints, butane gas, lighter refills)
- Refrigerated gas (filled aqualung cylinders, liquid nitrogen)
- Flammable liquids (paints, thinners, solvents)
- Flammable solids (matches, fire lighters)
- Organic peroxides (resins)
- Infective substances (viruses, bacteria)
- Radioactive material (radium)
- Corrosive materials (acid, alkali, mercury, thermometer)
- Magnetic substances, oxidizing materials (bleaches)
Some flights might allow antique firearms, swords, knives and similar items. However, they will have to be checked-in and it is up to the airline whether to allow it or not. You need a very special reason for this.
If you really need to bring more items and thus exceed both your hand-carry and checked-in baggage, feel free to visit the airline website and avail of additional baggage allowance. Do take note that you can bring at least 10 kilograms of checked-in baggage for free, after which there will be additional charges for excess baggage. Better yet, don’t hesitate to contact us at Atomic Traveller for your travel needs, and we’ll also guide you on how to go about with your baggage.
So that’s it for now friends. We hope you would take these points into consideration when you’re going to pack for your next trip. Just remember: pack light (you don’t want to be burdened while enjoying) and pack safe (always ensure that what you absolutely need is inside your bag and out of reach of pickpockets and robbers).
And for those daring enough, why bother with checked-in baggage? Try to minimize your items and put everything in a carry-on bag!
Enjoy your trip!