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1. Posted by Globerovers (Full Member 59 posts) 11y

Will airlines allow me to carry on a 50L backpack or do I have to check it in?

thanks

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Normally only two small pieces of hand luggage are allowed to be carried onto planes

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

I think you're going to be pushing it with that size really... some airlines also don't allow more than 5-10 kilo carry on...

4. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

International flights often have much stricter carry-on policies, particularly with regard to the weight of carry-on bags.

Although most domestic airlines have no limit on carry-on bag weight, internationally, you will find that some airlines set such ridiculously low carry-on weight limits (sometimes as little as 11 lbs) that the weight of an empty carry-on bag is more than the total weight you're allowed to take with you!

You need to be aware of these rules, or else the next time you see someone desperately unpacking and repacking their luggage on the floor by the checkin counter, that person might be you!

International airlines may have smaller size limits on your carry on bags, too. If you want a bag that is always accepted on both domestic and international flights, you'll need to choose a size or two smaller than the maximum allowable domestic sizes.

If your flight is on a really small plane, you might find that your luggage allowances for both checked and carry-on items are substantially reduced. For example, some light aircraft operators limit passengers to 20lbs of luggage (both carry on and checked).

I would check with the airline your flying with, just to be sure:)
Good luck!

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Dagnabit! I forgot to post the link to that post...
http://www.thetravelinsider.info/travelaccessories/airlinecarryonluggageallowances.htm

6. Posted by Globerovers (Full Member 59 posts) 11y

Thanks for the advice. To further explain...I will be traveling for 6 months visiting about 24 countries...many many airlines (all StarAlliance). I wonder if there's a one-stop Q&A at StarAlliance to find the answers for all their member airlines. I'll check it out.

7. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Anyone know how strict Singapore Airlines is on their baggage allowance????I am one of those poor people who has suffered the humiliation of having to riffle thru their suitcase at the check-in deciding what I must throw away!Also had the embarrassment of having to "wear" my suitcase....and by that I mean having to put on 13 vest tops, 2 pairs of shorts, a pair of jeans and a skirt, not forgetting 2 jackets!!!!It was the hottest, most uncomfortable flight i have ever experienced but I was too skint at the end of my trip to pay the excess baggage fines!Hoping I can get away with sneaking a lot of goodies and souveniers back from Singapore, just wondering if they are generous with the weight????

8. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Quoting Twinkle

Anyone know how strict Singapore Airlines is on their baggage allowance????I am one of those poor people who has suffered the humiliation of having to riffle thru their suitcase at the check-in deciding what I must throw away!Also had the embarrassment of having to "wear" my suitcase....and by that I mean having to put on 13 vest tops, 2 pairs of shorts, a pair of jeans and a skirt, not forgetting 2 jackets!!!!It was the hottest, most uncomfortable flight i have ever experienced but I was too skint at the end of my trip to pay the excess baggage fines!Hoping I can get away with sneaking a lot of goodies and souveniers back from Singapore, just wondering if they are generous with the weight????

Singapore were strict when i flew to Singapore as the flight was full. However, on my return i flew from Saigon and the flight was only half full for the Singapore leg and they didn't care particularly. I think it just boils down to pot luck. Sometimes you get away with it, sometimes you don't. If you're worried try to check in with someone who is travelling light, then you can 'use' some of their allowance.

9. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 11y

One thing to try.. If your pack isn't TOO BIG. is to carry past the check in counter and check your pack with the gate agent as you board. I have found this to be a convenient way to check medium sized bags and there is little chance of things getting screwed up since they give you your bag back as you exit the plane this way... Need to make sure there isn't anything packed in there that you can't take through security though.

10. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

International airlines usually go by two things: one is weight, and the other is size in inches or centimeters, to determine if you could carryon a certain peice or part of luggage. Some airlines, however, do only allow two handbags to carry-on. There is a trick of the trade, though, and that is to bring a daypack-sized backpack. Airlines will be flexible with this, as they are squishable and can fit and cram.

Have a good trip.

Peace,

Steph