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Old 3rd January 2011, 12:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

Hi folks,

anyone has experience an overweight baggage (for check in) at the bangkok airport before?
I've an intention of buying huge quantity of apparels and dog's treats.
But for now, it's alr a little 'too late' to add in more check bag allowance as jetstar charge $45 for a 5kg?!
And i'm not pretty confident i will definitely exceed the current 20kg allowance, so dont wanna waste money
But again, paranoid that bkk airport will charge me higher IF i exceed.
How much would they charge over the airport? Will they actually close one eyes if it's just a few kgs overweight?
And it's only a one time weight check at the airport where you flying off right? Will they check again at your arrival destination?


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Old 3rd January 2011, 12:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

Yes, I'm afraid so, especially with carry-on baggage.

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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

Originally Posted by *StarDust* View Post
Yes, I'm afraid so, especially with carry-on baggage.
Stardust, you're fast!!
The other time the didnt even weigh my carry-on. I only saw them weighing the check in.
So they are very strict? Wont even let you run away with a few kgs check in?

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Old 3rd January 2011, 01:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

I believe I tried to lift my check-in baggage using my toes. That reduced some weight.

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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

Originally Posted by *StarDust* View Post
I believe I tried to lift my check-in baggage using my toes. That reduced some weight.
wah cheat! But how do they weight your carry on baggage?

Btw, whats the maximum weight for carry on baggage for cathay pacific?

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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

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wah cheat! But how do they weight your carry on baggage?

Btw, whats the maximum weight for carry on baggage for cathay pacific?
I believe some do weigh the carry-on baggage by looking at the baggage.

As for Cathay Pacific, please refer to this link.

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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

I think TS should think in their shoes. If passengers have overweight baggage, they need more effort in processing your overweight baggage. And since there are alot of passengers, the airport management have to hire more staffs too. That will incur more cost for the airport. Thus they have to charge you more to discourage passengers from having overweight baggage.

As for the airplane, they have to charge you more because the heavier the baggage, the less they can store in the plane. Since heavier load, the plane will have need more fuel to travel. Imagine you use this amount of energy to cycle. Another friend of yours sit behind you. You have to spend more energy to cycle. And with the rising cost of fuel, they have to charge you more.

In fact, airports management are not strict. But in business, they have to.

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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

yes they are really so strict. at least I faced this once.

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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

i think they have about a 1 kg allowance for check in... but i never experienced getting my carry on weighed

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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

Originally Posted by *StarDust* View Post
I believe I tried to lift my check-in baggage using my toes. That reduced some weight.
Stardust, sorry but i dont quite get you
what do you mean by lift our baggage using your toes? Their weighing machine are usually beside their computer, where the bag check into the convey belt?
Handcarry for jetstar is 10kg right?

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yes they are really so strict. at least I faced this once.
what happened?? which airlines?

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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

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Stardust, sorry but i dont quite get you
what do you mean by lift our baggage using your toes? Their weighing machine are usually beside their computer, where the bag check into the convey belt?
Handcarry for jetstar is 10kg right?
I didn't put my baggage seated fully on the weighing scale. The wheels of the baggage is sticking out, thus I used my toes to gently lift up my baggage.

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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

For jetstar I think you can purchase more check-in baggage allowance through the website. But if you are at the airport you will be charged for excess baggage.

For check-in baggage, they will be weighed when you check them in at the counter, and it will be the only time they are weighing it. If it's 21kg they can pretend they nvr see if they are nice. They will not weigh it in Singapore again. However they may weigh your hand baggage (7kg) after you check-in and get boarding pass.

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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

actually u can spot ppl with little/light check-in luggages and ask if they mind to combine the weight to offset.. of coz.. if u r friendly enough to approach and they are willing to help you~

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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

Originally Posted by *StarDust* View Post
I didn't put my baggage seated fully on the weighing scale. The wheels of the baggage is sticking out, thus I used my toes to gently lift up my baggage.


HUH?
Like that also can ah! hahaha!! i've never tried that before. Bcos from what i remember, bangkok's airport weighing machine is not on the floor. It's on top beside the computer. So not an easy task for me. Unless my baggage knows some kung-fu!

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For jetstar I think you can purchase more check-in baggage allowance through the website. But if you are at the airport you will be charged for excess baggage.

For check-in baggage, they will be weighed when you check them in at the counter, and it will be the only time they are weighing it. If it's 21kg they can pretend they nvr see if they are nice. They will not weigh it in Singapore again. However they may weigh your hand baggage (7kg) after you check-in and get boarding pass.

Hand carry baggage for Jetstar kv airplane is 10kg
So stressful ah.

Thought i might need to courier my dog food back. But plus courier charge, the price would be almost the same as in singapore alr. HAHAHA i damn kia su, kia si. sorry

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Originally Posted by LostMeow View Post
actually u can spot ppl with little/light check-in luggages and ask if they mind to combine the weight to offset.. of coz.. if u r friendly enough to approach and they are willing to help you~
The chances of people having light weight baggage from bkk is very slim! hahaha!
i guess i'm a very approachable person, but some might not be willing to share. And i'm kind of afraid of rejection.

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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

Originally Posted by *StarDust* View Post
I believe some do weigh the carry-on baggage by looking at the baggage.

As for Cathay Pacific, please refer to this link.
Thanks for the link! I'm gonna have trouble with mine now..

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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

Originally Posted by DreamyNeko View Post
Thanks for the link! I'm gonna have trouble with mine now..
Hahaha why?! You have lots to carry back?!?!

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i won't take any risk if i were u

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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

there was a time where airlines close one eye or during rush hour just tag the bag and take it without weighing. nowadays always ask me put on weighing machine lol last time i did something like Stardust's method, but even now they ask you put properly before they weigh have yet to experience an airline that weighs carry on before thou, think if you have the right size, they won't care. and yea, have only seen airlines weigh during check in, upon arrival no one cares.

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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

Normally, if you;re checking in as a big group, the total baggage allowance will be more then enough to offset it.

If you're departure in twos or threes and very sure that you have over weighted luggages, remember to wear a big smile. Smile pleasantly and hope that you'll be spared.

Also, if you're intending to buy a lot of things, don't forget some ziplock bags, compressing your newly bought clothings can reduce some weight.

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Re: Are airports very strict with overweight baggage?

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Normally, if you;re checking in as a big group, the total baggage allowance will be more then enough to offset it.

If you're departure in twos or threes and very sure that you have over weighted luggages, remember to wear a big smile. Smile pleasantly and hope that you'll be spared.

Also, if you're intending to buy a lot of things, don't forget some ziplock bags, compressing your newly bought clothings can reduce some weight.

HAHAHA Okay! Hopefully my smile will pull me through!
Where can i get huge ziplock bags for a whole bag of things?

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