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I have just seen that TC only have 6kg hand luggage limit. I'm checking in online. What's the likelihood that we will have our bag weighed by checking in online? Read More
sophieb1986 Avatar
2m, 6d agoPosted 2 months, 6 days ago
I have just seen that TC only have 6kg hand luggage limit. I'm checking in online. What's the likelihood that we will have our bag weighed by checking in online?
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2m, 6d agoPosted 2 months, 6 days ago
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#1
Unlikely, but bear in mind if you are overweight and get caught out it'll cost you dearly
#2
You can always stuff heavy stuff like cameras/electrical etc in your pockets till you're checked in.
#3
You could still be checked in security or at the boarding gate .
#4
if it is a small bag you will be Ok ..... normally

If you try to take a full size carry on case then expect that they may spot it and weigh it

if they do you will have to pay to check it as hold baggage - maybe £50 !

you pay your money and you take your chance

just don't push your luck :)

EliTom
#5
aninginaneana
You can always stuff heavy stuff like cameras/electrical etc in your pockets till you're checked in.


OP says checking in online

but they can - and do - check at the boarding gate!

EliTom
#6
Are you dropping any hold luggage at Luggage Drop off point?
#7
mousey
Are you dropping any hold luggage at Luggage Drop off point?


Not taking hold luggage. Just hand luggage
#8
quite a high chance at Manchester where I work. I assume the same at other UK airports.
#9
flew thomas cook a few weeks ago and they weighed hand luggage at East Midlands
#10
If they do weight it there's nothing stopping you taking things out and wearing them or even carrying them I.e putting 2 jumpers and a coat just until you get out of sight
#11
howarth3
If they do weight it there's nothing stopping you taking things out and wearing them or even carrying them I.e putting 2 jumpers and a coat just until you get out of sight
Second this, good advice to avoid rediculous charges
#12
elitom
aninginaneana
You can always stuff heavy stuff like cameras/electrical etc in your pockets till you're checked in.
OP says checking in online
but they can - and do - check at the boarding gate!
EliTom
You're quite right - some rapid deployment of items, then, between the boarding gate and the steps! I confess I have done this and it did work.
#13
They weighed carry on bags at the boarding gate the last two times I have flown from Gatwick

I avoid TC and Thomson now due to their ridiculous weight limits and small seats dimensions.

Edited By: chocci on Feb 16, 2017 05:10
#14
sophieb1986
mousey
Are you dropping any hold luggage at Luggage Drop off point?
Not taking hold luggage. Just hand luggage


Just abibe by the rules / T&Cs and you will be fine

If you are planning to take more than 6kg / bigger than the dimensions then be prepared to get caught out.

This is business - how do you think they can offer lower fares? .... more people in the plane and less weight !!

as the saying goes .... you pay your money and you take your chances :)

EliTom
#15
chocci
They weighed carry on bags at the boarding gate the last two times I have flown from Gatwick

I avoid TC and Thomson now due to their ridiculous weight limits and small seats dimensions.


most airlines now do the same ..... more passenger density and lower take off weights ....

and this includes scheduled national carriers too ...

It is how they can claim to offer lower fares

EliTom
#16
chocci
They weighed carry on bags at the boarding gate the last two times I have flown from Gatwick
I avoid TC and Thomson now due to their ridiculous weight limits and small seats dimensions.

If you find seats small on any planes you should lay off the chocci ayyy
#17
elitom
chocci
They weighed carry on bags at the boarding gate the last two times I have flown from Gatwick
I avoid TC and Thomson now due to their ridiculous weight limits and small seats dimensions.
most airlines now do the same ..... more passenger density and lower take off weights ....
and this includes scheduled national carriers too ...
It is how they can claim to offer lower fares
EliTom
The ones I use don't have such restrictive weight limits {Norwegian and easyjet). It amazes me that they charge up to £10 per kg for excess baggage yet someone sitting next to me can be 100kg heavier than me oO
#18
Got checked at EMA. Remember you can take a laptop bag if taking a laptop (I also chuck in that bag things like my phone charger). Also you can take a hand bag irrespective of if you are male or female.

So it's a bit stupid really as I essentially take 12kg on with me.

But on the flip side there is always some obese person getting on the flight.
#19
chocci
elitom
chocci
They weighed carry on bags at the boarding gate the last two times I have flown from Gatwick
I avoid TC and Thomson now due to their ridiculous weight limits and small seats dimensions.
most airlines now do the same ..... more passenger density and lower take off weights ....
and this includes scheduled national carriers too ...
It is how they can claim to offer lower fares
EliTom
The ones I use don't have such restrictive weight limits {Norwegian and easyjet). It amazes me that they charge up to £10 per kg for excess baggage yet someone sitting next to me can be 100kg heavier than me oO


never tried Norwegian but I do like EJ

and yes - they do not account for the obese passengers ...... yet!

EliTom
#20
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Got checked at EMA. Remember you can take a laptop bag if taking a laptop (I also chuck in that bag things like my phone charger). Also you can take a hand bag irrespective of if you are male or female.
So it's a bit stupid really as I essentially take 12kg on with me.
But on the flip side there is always some obese person getting on the flight.


the cheap airlines are getting wise to this too!

Many now state that the combined weight of 2 bags if that is what you choose to use must be withing their weight limit

FlyBe for one

EliTom
#21
elitom
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Got checked at EMA. Remember you can take a laptop bag if taking a laptop (I also chuck in that bag things like my phone charger). Also you can take a hand bag irrespective of if you are male or female.
So it's a bit stupid really as I essentially take 12kg on with me.
But on the flip side there is always some obese person getting on the flight.
the cheap airlines are getting wise to this too!
Many now state that the combined weight of 2 bags if that is what you choose to use must be withing their weight limit
FlyBe for one
EliTom


Well as my laptop and charger use about 3kg I'll have to fly like this! X)

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l3z0h8Levc1qb9tg5o1_500.png
#22
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Got checked at EMA. Remember you can take a laptop bag if taking a laptop (I also chuck in that bag things like my phone charger). Also you can take a hand bag irrespective of if you are male or female.
So it's a bit stupid really as I essentially take 12kg on with me.
But on the flip side there is always some obese person getting on the flight.
Not many allow a second bag


https://www.skyscanner.net/news/cabin-luggage-guide-hand-baggage-sizes-and-weight-restrictions
#23
chocci
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Got checked at EMA. Remember you can take a laptop bag if taking a laptop (I also chuck in that bag things like my phone charger). Also you can take a hand bag irrespective of if you are male or female.
So it's a bit stupid really as I essentially take 12kg on with me.
But on the flip side there is always some obese person getting on the flight.
Not many allow a second bag https://www.skyscanner.net/news/cabin-luggage-guide-hand-baggage-sizes-and-weight-restrictions

The example was for the above airline.

If you take out the long haul carriers from the list (where you are unlikely to be flying with hand luggage only) most either let you have more than one bag or give you the 10kg anyway. Yes there are a few than don't but the majority do.
#24
ELITOM has it pretty much spot on above. Prices have been driven down to the basement, to the point where a local bus fare is many times more expensive per mile than a trip across the Atlantic. This has driven the airlines to levy ridiculous charges on anything that they can get away with. For example, on a trip to the Caribbean, 1000kg of extra weight on the aircraft will make the aircraft burn an extra 200kg of fuel. So, roughly, if every passenger carries 1/2kg over their cabin bag allowance, thats an extra 200kg of fuel the airline has to pay for. The economics of running an airline are that tight.
One thing is for sure, prices are about as cheap as they can go, so when the hedged fuel that has been bought for this year is all used up, the only way for prices is up.
#25
airbus330
ELITOM has it pretty much spot on above. Prices have been driven down to the basement, to the point where a local bus fare is many times more expensive per mile than a trip across the Atlantic. This has driven the airlines to levy ridiculous charges on anything that they can get away with. For example, on a trip to the Caribbean, 1000kg of extra weight on the aircraft will make the aircraft burn an extra 200kg of fuel. So, roughly, if every passenger carries 1/2kg over their cabin bag allowance, thats an extra 200kg of fuel the airline has to pay for. The economics of running an airline are that tight.
One thing is for sure, prices are about as cheap as they can go, so when the hedged fuel that has been bought for this year is all used up, the only way for prices is up.


thanks airbus

it is basic economics and business !

and this is the result of the likes of flight trawler sites that search the cheapest flights - the customer demands more for less - so the supplier has to find ways to make their headline prices get to the top of teh trawler list, and in the meantime still offer an acceptable return for the business.

and yes fuel hedging is another element that teh average consumer will not even factor in or understand .... same for currency hedging and the after effects of teh EU vote and teh GBP effect !

Consumers can't really have their cake and eat it ..... now where have I heard that before :p

EliTom

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