Flying with only carry-on baggage is typically much quicker and easier than lugging a heavy suitcase to the airport and waiting around for it to slowly roll out on the conveyer belt at the end of your flight. However, up until now, passengers have been restricted to just 7 kilograms of carry-on baggage for most domestic flights meaning they have to think carefully about what they want to pack.
Now though, Qantas has decided to raise the carry-on baggage weight restriction for domestic travellers. From March 25, those travelling domestically with Qantas can board with one bag weighing up to 10kg and another weighing up to 4kg.
The current weight restrictions on board the Australian airline means passengers can travel with two bags both weighing up to 7kg. While the weight of one bag has been increased by 3kg, cabin crew won’t have to worry about overcrowding the overhead lockers as the physical dimensions of each bag will remain the same with passengers only allowed one or two 105 centimetre bags or one 115cm bag on board. Passengers will also still be able to carry one personal item such as a handbag or a slim laptop bag in addition to their carry-on luggage.
Unfortunately for QantasLink travellers, the weight increase does not extend to their flights.
Qantas made the decision to raise weight limits after asking customers for feedback over the past few months of travel. Results from the research discovered that nine out of 10 passengers travelled with under 10kg of baggage in total and about 40 per cent of those had bags weighing between 7kg and 10kg.
With more freedom for how passengers can use their 14kg allowance, Qantas Domestic chief executive officer, Andrew David, said the new system will make it easier for passengers to use the carry-on system.
“Most customers on short business trips and weekends away only travel with one carry-on bag plus a small personal item … Focusing on the amount of baggage customers are bringing on board helps flights to depart on time and allows everyone to have their fair share of space in the overhead compartments.”
However, passengers looking to take advantage of the newly increased weight limit by overpacking bags should be aware that in December last year, Qantas and Virgin Australia both announced plans to start weighing cabin bags at various points on a passenger’s journey including at the check-in desk and at the boarding gate as a way of deterring people from bringing oversized bags on board.
Airlines have become increasingly strict on weighing bags as heavy luggage has caused injuries in the past for both cabin crew and passengers as well as delayed boarding processes as passengers often struggle to find space for their larger bags.