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Old 05-10-2006, 12:53 AM   #1
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I'm flying British Airways.

I have my main bag, which is a little heavy. (Although not that heavy) When I wear it it doesnt feel heavy at all. Maybe at MOST my college bag with a few books in it.

Its 24 inches tall, 16 inches wide and 14 inches deep.

My other bag will be well, practically empty aside from some food and drinkage.

Im not asking anyone to look up the "official rules". I can do that. I am more curious as to what your experiences have been with flying with them and carry on allowances and such. You think I'll make it through with my 2 bags?
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It really depends on the carrier. I have traveled BA with a backpack (more of a glorified daypack) and a carry on rolling bag and a purse all as carry on. But then this spring I went to Oz and qantas didnt like that too much. Just try it, and if you cant carry on, they will always let you check it.
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Your bag is 54 linear inches, which is about 3" too many for most airlines... However, BA doesn't really care about linear inches so much. Especially if you're on a long-haul flight. Those overhead lockers carry a LOT.

They're most concerned about weight. The official weigh limit for a carry-on with BA is 7kg, and they can be sticklers about it. However, just be smart at check in. When you walk up, make sure your bag is out of view of the check in agent (i.e. right in front of the counter or behind you), and be very positive when you tell them you have no baggage to check.

The best way to get around all this is to use their online check-in (23 hours before your scheduled departure time) and print out your boarding pass. That way you go straight to security, and the gate, and your bag size/weight won't be scrutinized at all.

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If you're taking any short-haul flights with BA (i.e. within Europe) that bag isn't even going to fit in the 737 overhead. You're looking at closer to 41 linear inches, with a max depth of 9" at best.
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Originally posted by omisan@May 10 2006, 07:41 AM
The best way to get around all this is to use their online check-in (23 hours before your scheduled departure time) and print out your boarding pass. That way you go straight to security, and the gate, and your bag size/weight won't be scrutinized at all.
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Most of the time I'll bet that's true, but on one flight when I got to the gate they *still* weighed my bag and made me check it. That was flying from Seattle to Heathrow, I'm not sure if it's different when leaving the UK. *shrug*
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If someone comes to the airport with you, see if they will wait with your big bag out away from the check-in counter somewhere. Just approach the counter with your smaller bag and there is nothing really they can do. A lot of times it depends on how full the flight is as well. If the flight is not completely packed they will oftentimes give you a little more leeway. Otherwise, if it is packed, they may closely scrutinize carry-ons right at the gate and gate-check bigger ones just based on pure judgement, which at the end of the day isn't really a big deal. Good luck.
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Of course, all the people on board who have to wait while you struggle to shove your bag in, or have to have it taken away to be stowed with the rest of the big bags, or who can't put their stuff in the overhead bin because yours is in there, will be seething...

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^ I was just going to write about that!

Yeah, I'm one of those people who gets really irritated really quick when someone has to either wander back and forth and back and forth to find a bin that will fit their *clearly* hugemongous bag... or the asshole who can't get the bag out of the bin because it's too big when the entire plane has been clear forever and you can't get around him to freakin' leave the damn thing already and he won't scoot out of the aisle.

Whew. Can you tell this has happened to me a few times??
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I always get special treatment from the flight attendants because I'm that guy who gets up and starts putting folks' bags in the right way (VERTICALLY, PEOPLE!!) and re-arranging the overheads so everyone can fit their stuff. My second to last time on BA, I couldn't STOP them from bringing me extra rounds of booze each trip down the aisle after helping out with the load-in on my side

The oversize carry-on thing is particularly bad on short, commuter flights where people simply want to save time and not check anything. Not only is overhead space more restricted on smaller planes, but it seems everyone wants to avoid the baggage carousel.

But the absolute worst are the people who don't know the baggage restrictions when they go to check-in, and hold up the whole damn line by unpacking/re-packing their checked baggage & carry-ons at the counter instead of stepping out of the way. FUCK THEM RIGHT IN THE ASS.
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