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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Confused About Airline Baggage Rules? Here's the Ultimate Guide to a Stress-Free Check-In

Airline baggage rules are becoming increasingly complex and confusing. Airlines apply different rules and fees depending on the number of bags checked, class of travel, frequent flyer status and routes. The most common questions regarding baggage rules are about permissible size, weight and contents. Read below to see the Do's and Don'ts when checking in baggage.
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Airline baggage rules are becoming increasingly complex and confusing. Airlines apply different rules and fees depending on the number of bags checked, class of travel, frequent flyer status and routes. The most common questions regarding baggage rules are about permissible size, weight and contents. Read below to see the Do's and Don'ts when checking in baggage.  Advertisement       Sponsored Links       The Allowed Baggage Weight  Regarding the weight of one piece of bag, box or package, each item or piece should weigh less than 26kg or 50lbs. This is an international regulation set for the health and safety of airport workers who have to lift hundreds of bags daily. If your bag weighs more than this, you may be asked to repack (or risk being denied check-in), or have it labeled as "heavy luggage" and possibly incur additional baggage cost.    First and Business class passengers, as well as medical patients, can get pack much as 32kg or 70 lbs per bag.      Quantity  Gone were the days when you can pack more than two bags or boxes so long as the total combined weight is within the allowed limit. Airlines today implement the "piece concept." How many pieces can you take? It depends on many factors, including airline, ticket class and route. Generally, two pieces of checked baggage are allowed per passenger.  Each piece must conform with the weight limit stated above. The two-piece concept is of course more common in international flights. Domestic flights usually accept one lighter piece, or no check in at all. Again, refer to your travel agent, ticket or airline for more details.      Quality   Checked-in bags, boxes or packages must be packed neatly. It should be able to maintain its shape throughout the travel.     Most airlines and airports will not accept round or irregular-shaped items like baggage wrapped in linen or blankets. Packages must have at least one side flat, so items must be packed accordingly. Items like bicycles, wheelchairs, baby strollers and golf bags are still allowed, but it is recommended that they be wrapped neatly. Most airports now have the facility for wrapping, at a cost of course. This also avoids unnecessary damage to them.     Label your luggage accordingly, putting name (initial and family name) as well as city and country of destination -enough to trace your luggage in case of loss. Too many details is a safety and privacy issue.    Putting nylon or similar cords or ropes around your baggage is also discouraged by airports as they may get tangled in the conveyor systems and cause overall delays.     Dimensions  Aside from the weight factor, each checked-in package must meet a specific dimension. Each bag or box should not exceed 158 cm or 62 inches when adding the dimensions: height + width + length. Similarly, an exceedingly long baggage (more than 205 cm) would require special handling (and possible extra fees).      Traveling with Infants (below 2 yrs old)  Infants are usually not given a seat. Tickets are either free or heavily discounted (up to 90%).  They also get a baggage allowance consisting of one piece 23 kg baggage following the recommended dimensions. An extra baggage of baby trolley or tram is also accepted, though this is mostly the airline's consideration.      Important Items To Keep  Important items like travel documents, jewelries, electronic gadgets(with chargers), cash and maintenance medications must be kept with you (carry-on) and not in your checked-in baggage. You should also pack some extra clothes. Keep your carry on baggage light, as most airlines set the limit to 7 kg. Heavy bags can also cause injury as in some extreme cases where the overhead compartment accidentally opens and spills its contents.          Check-in Time  Check-in times differ from airport to airport, but the customary practice is to check-in 2-3 hours prior to departure for international travel. Destinations where the security is more strict (like USA), would require a minimum of 2 hours check-in time, but the counters will open 4 hours before the scheduled flight. Having no baggage can lessen this amount.      Connecting Flights  Under International Air Transport Association (IATA) rules, when two airlines on a connecting flight differ in their checked baggage allowance, the allowance that applies is the one from the first flight. Your baggage will be transferred automatically to the next airline. IATA represents 280 airlines from 120 countries. That is over 80% pf worldwide air traffic.    In cases where airlines do not have interline agreements (mostly among low-cost airline operators), they will not transfer checked baggage to another airline. You must retrieve your baggage from the first flight and checke in for the connecting flight, with the second airline's baggage allowance applying.      Dangerous Goods  For safety reasons, all knives, sharp objects or cutting implements, whether of metal or other material, must be packed in checked baggage. Some sporting materials are included in the list (darts, javelin, guns) Recently, lithium batteries have been banned from flights, but this is limited to the batteries only. Devices that have lithium batteries (like your mobile phone or laptop) are still allowed. In some cases though, hover boards are banned by some airlines.    Due to varying gun laws, some countries allow guns to be checked in while others have a total ban. Rules on checking-in firearms and ammunition are usually applied to replica firearms as well. Check your country destination in these cases.    Medical syringes, such as for insulin, can be brought inside the cabin. You will need documented proof of the medical need and ensure that the material is professionally packed and labelled.    Any dangerous goods in your hand-carry items, including improperly packed or mislabeled medical items, will be taken away and most likely be disposed of.      Banned Items  Stuff that are banned will be removed and probably not returned to you. The following are banned on any civilian aircraft and should not even be brought to the airport:    Explosive and incendiary materials: Gunpowder (including black powder and percussion caps), dynamite, blasting caps, fireworks, matches, flares, plastic explosives, grenades, replicas of incendiary devices, and replicas of plastic explosives.    Flammable Items: Gasoline, gas torches, lighter fluid, cooking fuel, other types of flammable liquid fuel, flammable paints, paint thinner, turpentine, aerosols (exceptions for personal care items, toiletries, or medically related items - in limited quantities in containers sized three ounces or smaller).    Gases and pressure containers: Aerosols, carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (scuba or medical), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen.    Oxidizers and organic peroxides: Bleach, nitric acid, fertilizers, swimming pool or spa chemicals, and fiberglass repair kits.    Poisons: Weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, rodent poisons, arsenic, and cyanides.    Infectious materials: Medical laboratory specimens, viral organisms, and bacterial cultures.    Corrosives: Drain cleaners, car batteries, wet cell batteries, acids, alkalis, lye, and mercury.    Organics: Fiberglass resins, peroxides.    Radioactive materials: There are some exceptions for implanted radioactive medical devices. Contact your airline for details on how to ship other radioactive materials.    Magnetic materials: Strong magnets such as those in some loudspeakers and laboratory equipment.    Marijuana (cannabis): Marijuana in any form is not allowed on aircraft and is not allowed in the secure part of the airport. In addition it is illegal to import marijuana or marijuana-related items into several countries like US or countries in the Middle East.    Other dangerous items: Tear gas, spray paint, swimming pool or spa chlorine, and torch lighters.

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The Allowed Baggage Weight
Regarding the weight of one piece of bag, box or package, each item or piece should weigh less than 26kg or 50lbs. This is an international regulation set for the health and safety of airport workers who have to lift hundreds of bags daily. If your bag weighs more than this, you may be asked to repack (or risk being denied check-in), or have it labeled as "heavy luggage" and possibly incur additional baggage cost.

First and Business class passengers, as well as medical patients, can get pack much as 32kg or 70 lbs per bag.


Quality
Checked-in bags, boxes or packages must be packed neatly. It should be able to maintain its shape throughout the travel. 

Most airlines and airports will not accept round or irregular-shaped items like baggage wrapped in linen or blankets. Packages must have at least one side flat, so items must be packed accordingly. Items like bicycles, wheelchairs, baby strollers and golf bags are still allowed, but it is recommended that they be wrapped neatly. Most airports now have the facility for wrapping, at a cost of course. This also avoids unnecessary damage to them. 

Label your luggage accordingly, putting name (initial and family name) as well as city and country of destination -enough to trace your luggage in case of loss. Too many details is a safety and privacy issue.

Putting nylon or similar cords or ropes around your baggage is also discouraged by airports as they may get tangled in the conveyor systems and cause overall delays.
Airline baggage rules are becoming increasingly complex and confusing. Airlines apply different rules and fees depending on the number of bags checked, class of travel, frequent flyer status and routes. The most common questions regarding baggage rules are about permissible size, weight and contents. Read below to see the Do's and Don'ts when checking in baggage.  Advertisement       Sponsored Links       The Allowed Baggage Weight  Regarding the weight of one piece of bag, box or package, each item or piece should weigh less than 26kg or 50lbs. This is an international regulation set for the health and safety of airport workers who have to lift hundreds of bags daily. If your bag weighs more than this, you may be asked to repack (or risk being denied check-in), or have it labeled as "heavy luggage" and possibly incur additional baggage cost.    First and Business class passengers, as well as medical patients, can get pack much as 32kg or 70 lbs per bag.      Quantity  Gone were the days when you can pack more than two bags or boxes so long as the total combined weight is within the allowed limit. Airlines today implement the "piece concept." How many pieces can you take? It depends on many factors, including airline, ticket class and route. Generally, two pieces of checked baggage are allowed per passenger.  Each piece must conform with the weight limit stated above. The two-piece concept is of course more common in international flights. Domestic flights usually accept one lighter piece, or no check in at all. Again, refer to your travel agent, ticket or airline for more details.      Quality  Checked-in bags, boxes or packages must be packed neatly. It should be able to maintain its shape throughout the travel. Most airlines and airports will not accept round or irregular-shaped items like baggage wrapped in linen or blankets. Packages must have at least one side flat, so items must be packed accordingly. Items like bicycles, wheelchairs, baby strollers and golf bags are still allowed, but it is recommended that they be wrapped neatly. This also avoids unnecessary damage to them. Putting nylon or similar cords or ropes around your baggage is also discouraged by airports as they may get tangled in the conveyor systems and cause overall delays.      Dimensions  Aside from the weight factor, each checked-in package must meet a specific dimension. Each bag or box should not exceed 158 cm or 62 inches when adding the dimensions: height + width + length. Similarly, an exceedingly long baggage (more than 205 cm) would require special handling (and possible extra fees).      Traveling with Infants (below 2 yrs old)  Infants are usually not given a seat. Tickets are either free or heavily discounted (up to 90%).  They also get a baggage allowance consisting of one piece 23 kg baggage following the recommended dimensions. An extra baggage of baby trolley or tram is also accepted, though this is mostly the airline's consideration.      Important Items To Keep  Important items like travel documents, jewelries, electronic gadgets(with chargers), cash and maintenance medications must be kept with you (carry-on) and not in your checked-in baggage. You should also pack some extra clothes. Keep your carry on baggage light, as most airlines set the limit to 7 kg. Heavy bags can also cause injury as in some extreme cases where the overhead compartment accidentally opens and spills its contents.          Check-in Time  Check-in times differ from airport to airport, but the customary practice is to check-in 2-3 hours prior to departure for international travel. Destinations where the security is more strict (like USA), would require a minimum of 2 hours check-in time, but the counters will open 4 hours before the scheduled flight. Having no baggage can lessen this amount.      Connecting Flights  Under International Air Transport Association (IATA) rules, when two airlines on a connecting flight differ in their checked baggage allowance, the allowance that applies is the one from the first flight. Your baggage will be transferred automatically to the next airline. IATA represents 280 airlines from 120 countries. That is over 80% pf worldwide air traffic.    In cases where airlines do not have interline agreements (mostly among low-cost airline operators), they will not transfer checked baggage to another airline. You must retrieve your baggage from the first flight and checke in for the connecting flight, with the second airline's baggage allowance applying.      Dangerous Goods  For safety reasons, all knives, sharp objects or cutting implements, whether of metal or other material, must be packed in checked baggage. Some sporting materials are included in the list (darts, javelin, guns) Recently, lithium batteries have been banned from flights, but this is limited to the batteries only. Devices that have lithium batteries (like your mobile phone or laptop) are still allowed. In some cases though, hover boards are banned by some airlines.    Due to varying gun laws, some countries allow guns to be checked in while others have a total ban. Rules on checking-in firearms and ammunition are usually applied to replica firearms as well. Check your country destination in these cases.    Medical syringes, such as for insulin, can be brought inside the cabin. You will need documented proof of the medical need and ensure that the material is professionally packed and labelled.    Any dangerous goods in your hand-carry items, including improperly packed or mislabeled medical items, will be taken away and most likely be disposed of.      Banned Items  Stuff that are banned will be removed and probably not returned to you. The following are banned on any civilian aircraft and should not even be brought to the airport:    Explosive and incendiary materials: Gunpowder (including black powder and percussion caps), dynamite, blasting caps, fireworks, matches, flares, plastic explosives, grenades, replicas of incendiary devices, and replicas of plastic explosives.    Flammable Items: Gasoline, gas torches, lighter fluid, cooking fuel, other types of flammable liquid fuel, flammable paints, paint thinner, turpentine, aerosols (exceptions for personal care items, toiletries, or medically related items - in limited quantities in containers sized three ounces or smaller).    Gases and pressure containers: Aerosols, carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (scuba or medical), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen.    Oxidizers and organic peroxides: Bleach, nitric acid, fertilizers, swimming pool or spa chemicals, and fiberglass repair kits.    Poisons: Weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, rodent poisons, arsenic, and cyanides.    Infectious materials: Medical laboratory specimens, viral organisms, and bacterial cultures.    Corrosives: Drain cleaners, car batteries, wet cell batteries, acids, alkalis, lye, and mercury.    Organics: Fiberglass resins, peroxides.    Radioactive materials: There are some exceptions for implanted radioactive medical devices. Contact your airline for details on how to ship other radioactive materials.    Magnetic materials: Strong magnets such as those in some loudspeakers and laboratory equipment.    Marijuana (cannabis): Marijuana in any form is not allowed on aircraft and is not allowed in the secure part of the airport. In addition it is illegal to import marijuana or marijuana-related items into several countries like US or countries in the Middle East.    Other dangerous items: Tear gas, spray paint, swimming pool or spa chlorine, and torch lighters.


Quantity
Gone were the days when you can pack more than two bags or boxes so long as the total combined weight is within the allowed limit. Airlines today implement the "piece concept." How many pieces can you take? It depends on many factors, including airline, ticket class and route. Generally, two pieces of checked baggage are allowed per passenger.  Each piece must conform with the weight limit stated above. The two-piece concept is of course more common in international flights. Domestic flights usually accept one lighter piece, or no check in at all. Again, refer to your travel agent, ticket or airline for more details.


Dimensions
Aside from the weight factor, each checked-in package must meet a specific dimension. Each bag or box should not exceed 158 cm or 62 inches when adding the dimensions: height + width + length. Similarly, an exceedingly long baggage (more than 205 cm) would require special handling (and possible extra fees).
Airline baggage rules are becoming increasingly complex and confusing. Airlines apply different rules and fees depending on the number of bags checked, class of travel, frequent flyer status and routes. The most common questions regarding baggage rules are about permissible size, weight and contents. Read below to see the Do's and Don'ts when checking in baggage.  Advertisement       Sponsored Links       The Allowed Baggage Weight  Regarding the weight of one piece of bag, box or package, each item or piece should weigh less than 26kg or 50lbs. This is an international regulation set for the health and safety of airport workers who have to lift hundreds of bags daily. If your bag weighs more than this, you may be asked to repack (or risk being denied check-in), or have it labeled as "heavy luggage" and possibly incur additional baggage cost.    First and Business class passengers, as well as medical patients, can get pack much as 32kg or 70 lbs per bag.      Quantity  Gone were the days when you can pack more than two bags or boxes so long as the total combined weight is within the allowed limit. Airlines today implement the "piece concept." How many pieces can you take? It depends on many factors, including airline, ticket class and route. Generally, two pieces of checked baggage are allowed per passenger.  Each piece must conform with the weight limit stated above. The two-piece concept is of course more common in international flights. Domestic flights usually accept one lighter piece, or no check in at all. Again, refer to your travel agent, ticket or airline for more details.      Quality  Checked-in bags, boxes or packages must be packed neatly. It should be able to maintain its shape throughout the travel. Most airlines and airports will not accept round or irregular-shaped items like baggage wrapped in linen or blankets. Packages must have at least one side flat, so items must be packed accordingly. Items like bicycles, wheelchairs, baby strollers and golf bags are still allowed, but it is recommended that they be wrapped neatly. This also avoids unnecessary damage to them. Putting nylon or similar cords or ropes around your baggage is also discouraged by airports as they may get tangled in the conveyor systems and cause overall delays.      Dimensions  Aside from the weight factor, each checked-in package must meet a specific dimension. Each bag or box should not exceed 158 cm or 62 inches when adding the dimensions: height + width + length. Similarly, an exceedingly long baggage (more than 205 cm) would require special handling (and possible extra fees).      Traveling with Infants (below 2 yrs old)  Infants are usually not given a seat. Tickets are either free or heavily discounted (up to 90%).  They also get a baggage allowance consisting of one piece 23 kg baggage following the recommended dimensions. An extra baggage of baby trolley or tram is also accepted, though this is mostly the airline's consideration.      Important Items To Keep  Important items like travel documents, jewelries, electronic gadgets(with chargers), cash and maintenance medications must be kept with you (carry-on) and not in your checked-in baggage. You should also pack some extra clothes. Keep your carry on baggage light, as most airlines set the limit to 7 kg. Heavy bags can also cause injury as in some extreme cases where the overhead compartment accidentally opens and spills its contents.          Check-in Time  Check-in times differ from airport to airport, but the customary practice is to check-in 2-3 hours prior to departure for international travel. Destinations where the security is more strict (like USA), would require a minimum of 2 hours check-in time, but the counters will open 4 hours before the scheduled flight. Having no baggage can lessen this amount.      Connecting Flights  Under International Air Transport Association (IATA) rules, when two airlines on a connecting flight differ in their checked baggage allowance, the allowance that applies is the one from the first flight. Your baggage will be transferred automatically to the next airline. IATA represents 280 airlines from 120 countries. That is over 80% pf worldwide air traffic.    In cases where airlines do not have interline agreements (mostly among low-cost airline operators), they will not transfer checked baggage to another airline. You must retrieve your baggage from the first flight and checke in for the connecting flight, with the second airline's baggage allowance applying.      Dangerous Goods  For safety reasons, all knives, sharp objects or cutting implements, whether of metal or other material, must be packed in checked baggage. Some sporting materials are included in the list (darts, javelin, guns) Recently, lithium batteries have been banned from flights, but this is limited to the batteries only. Devices that have lithium batteries (like your mobile phone or laptop) are still allowed. In some cases though, hover boards are banned by some airlines.    Due to varying gun laws, some countries allow guns to be checked in while others have a total ban. Rules on checking-in firearms and ammunition are usually applied to replica firearms as well. Check your country destination in these cases.    Medical syringes, such as for insulin, can be brought inside the cabin. You will need documented proof of the medical need and ensure that the material is professionally packed and labelled.    Any dangerous goods in your hand-carry items, including improperly packed or mislabeled medical items, will be taken away and most likely be disposed of.      Banned Items  Stuff that are banned will be removed and probably not returned to you. The following are banned on any civilian aircraft and should not even be brought to the airport:    Explosive and incendiary materials: Gunpowder (including black powder and percussion caps), dynamite, blasting caps, fireworks, matches, flares, plastic explosives, grenades, replicas of incendiary devices, and replicas of plastic explosives.    Flammable Items: Gasoline, gas torches, lighter fluid, cooking fuel, other types of flammable liquid fuel, flammable paints, paint thinner, turpentine, aerosols (exceptions for personal care items, toiletries, or medically related items - in limited quantities in containers sized three ounces or smaller).    Gases and pressure containers: Aerosols, carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (scuba or medical), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen.    Oxidizers and organic peroxides: Bleach, nitric acid, fertilizers, swimming pool or spa chemicals, and fiberglass repair kits.    Poisons: Weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, rodent poisons, arsenic, and cyanides.    Infectious materials: Medical laboratory specimens, viral organisms, and bacterial cultures.    Corrosives: Drain cleaners, car batteries, wet cell batteries, acids, alkalis, lye, and mercury.    Organics: Fiberglass resins, peroxides.    Radioactive materials: There are some exceptions for implanted radioactive medical devices. Contact your airline for details on how to ship other radioactive materials.    Magnetic materials: Strong magnets such as those in some loudspeakers and laboratory equipment.    Marijuana (cannabis): Marijuana in any form is not allowed on aircraft and is not allowed in the secure part of the airport. In addition it is illegal to import marijuana or marijuana-related items into several countries like US or countries in the Middle East.    Other dangerous items: Tear gas, spray paint, swimming pool or spa chlorine, and torch lighters.

Traveling with Infants (below 2 yrs old)
Infants are usually not given a seat. Tickets are either free or heavily discounted (up to 90%).  They also get a baggage allowance consisting of one piece 23 kg baggage following the recommended dimensions. An extra baggage of baby trolley or tram is also accepted, though this is mostly the airline's consideration.


What about my LCD/LED TV as baggage?
Depending on the size of your LCD/LED TV, if the item fits the specified maximum size, it should also not exceed the standard free baggage allowance mentioned on your ticket. In excess, normal excess baggage charges will be applied or the item may be refused totally. Package quality must also be considered, and some airlines may also ask you to pay for warranty or sign a waiver. The largest TV which was successfully checked-in is 55 inches.


Important Items To Keep
Important items like travel documents, jewelries, electronic gadgets(with chargers), cash and maintenance medications must be kept with you (carry-on) and not in your checked-in baggage. You should also pack some extra clothes. Keep your carry on baggage light, as most airlines set the limit to 7 kg. Heavy bags can also cause injury as in some extreme cases where the overhead compartment accidentally opens and spills its contents.


Check-in Time
Check-in times differ from airport to airport, but the customary practice is to check-in 2-3 hours prior to departure for international travel. Destinations where the security is more strict (like USA), would require a minimum of 2 hours check-in time, but the counters will open 4 hours before the scheduled flight. Having no baggage can lessen this amount.


Connecting Flights
Under International Air Transport Association (IATA) rules, when two airlines on a connecting flight differ in their checked baggage allowance, the allowance that applies is the one from the first flight. Your baggage will be transferred automatically to the next airline. IATA represents 280 airlines from 120 countries. That is over 80% pf worldwide air traffic.

In cases where airlines do not have interline agreements (mostly among low-cost airline operators), they will not transfer checked baggage to another airline. You must retrieve your baggage from the first flight and checke in for the connecting flight, with the second airline's baggage allowance applying.


Dangerous Goods
For safety reasons, all knives, sharp objects or cutting implements, whether of metal or other material, must be packed in checked baggage. Some sporting materials are included in the list (darts, javelin, guns) Recently, lithium batteries have been banned from flights, but this is limited to the batteries only. Devices that have lithium batteries (like your mobile phone or laptop) are still allowed. In some cases though, hover boards are banned by some airlines.

Due to varying gun laws, some countries allow guns to be checked in while others have a total ban. Rules on checking-in firearms and ammunition are usually applied to replica firearms as well. Check your country destination in these cases.

Medical syringes, such as for insulin, can be brought inside the cabin. You will need documented proof of the medical need and ensure that the material is professionally packed and labelled.

Any dangerous goods in your hand-carry items, including improperly packed or mislabeled medical items, will be taken away and most likely be disposed of.
Airline baggage rules are becoming increasingly complex and confusing. Airlines apply different rules and fees depending on the number of bags checked, class of travel, frequent flyer status and routes. The most common questions regarding baggage rules are about permissible size, weight and contents. Read below to see the Do's and Don'ts when checking in baggage.  Advertisement       Sponsored Links       The Allowed Baggage Weight  Regarding the weight of one piece of bag, box or package, each item or piece should weigh less than 26kg or 50lbs. This is an international regulation set for the health and safety of airport workers who have to lift hundreds of bags daily. If your bag weighs more than this, you may be asked to repack (or risk being denied check-in), or have it labeled as "heavy luggage" and possibly incur additional baggage cost.    First and Business class passengers, as well as medical patients, can get pack much as 32kg or 70 lbs per bag.      Quantity  Gone were the days when you can pack more than two bags or boxes so long as the total combined weight is within the allowed limit. Airlines today implement the "piece concept." How many pieces can you take? It depends on many factors, including airline, ticket class and route. Generally, two pieces of checked baggage are allowed per passenger.  Each piece must conform with the weight limit stated above. The two-piece concept is of course more common in international flights. Domestic flights usually accept one lighter piece, or no check in at all. Again, refer to your travel agent, ticket or airline for more details.      Quality  Checked-in bags, boxes or packages must be packed neatly. It should be able to maintain its shape throughout the travel. Most airlines and airports will not accept round or irregular-shaped items like baggage wrapped in linen or blankets. Packages must have at least one side flat, so items must be packed accordingly. Items like bicycles, wheelchairs, baby strollers and golf bags are still allowed, but it is recommended that they be wrapped neatly. This also avoids unnecessary damage to them. Putting nylon or similar cords or ropes around your baggage is also discouraged by airports as they may get tangled in the conveyor systems and cause overall delays.      Dimensions  Aside from the weight factor, each checked-in package must meet a specific dimension. Each bag or box should not exceed 158 cm or 62 inches when adding the dimensions: height + width + length. Similarly, an exceedingly long baggage (more than 205 cm) would require special handling (and possible extra fees).      Traveling with Infants (below 2 yrs old)  Infants are usually not given a seat. Tickets are either free or heavily discounted (up to 90%).  They also get a baggage allowance consisting of one piece 23 kg baggage following the recommended dimensions. An extra baggage of baby trolley or tram is also accepted, though this is mostly the airline's consideration.      Important Items To Keep  Important items like travel documents, jewelries, electronic gadgets(with chargers), cash and maintenance medications must be kept with you (carry-on) and not in your checked-in baggage. You should also pack some extra clothes. Keep your carry on baggage light, as most airlines set the limit to 7 kg. Heavy bags can also cause injury as in some extreme cases where the overhead compartment accidentally opens and spills its contents.          Check-in Time  Check-in times differ from airport to airport, but the customary practice is to check-in 2-3 hours prior to departure for international travel. Destinations where the security is more strict (like USA), would require a minimum of 2 hours check-in time, but the counters will open 4 hours before the scheduled flight. Having no baggage can lessen this amount.      Connecting Flights  Under International Air Transport Association (IATA) rules, when two airlines on a connecting flight differ in their checked baggage allowance, the allowance that applies is the one from the first flight. Your baggage will be transferred automatically to the next airline. IATA represents 280 airlines from 120 countries. That is over 80% pf worldwide air traffic.    In cases where airlines do not have interline agreements (mostly among low-cost airline operators), they will not transfer checked baggage to another airline. You must retrieve your baggage from the first flight and checke in for the connecting flight, with the second airline's baggage allowance applying.      Dangerous Goods  For safety reasons, all knives, sharp objects or cutting implements, whether of metal or other material, must be packed in checked baggage. Some sporting materials are included in the list (darts, javelin, guns) Recently, lithium batteries have been banned from flights, but this is limited to the batteries only. Devices that have lithium batteries (like your mobile phone or laptop) are still allowed. In some cases though, hover boards are banned by some airlines.    Due to varying gun laws, some countries allow guns to be checked in while others have a total ban. Rules on checking-in firearms and ammunition are usually applied to replica firearms as well. Check your country destination in these cases.    Medical syringes, such as for insulin, can be brought inside the cabin. You will need documented proof of the medical need and ensure that the material is professionally packed and labelled.    Any dangerous goods in your hand-carry items, including improperly packed or mislabeled medical items, will be taken away and most likely be disposed of.      Banned Items  Stuff that are banned will be removed and probably not returned to you. The following are banned on any civilian aircraft and should not even be brought to the airport:    Explosive and incendiary materials: Gunpowder (including black powder and percussion caps), dynamite, blasting caps, fireworks, matches, flares, plastic explosives, grenades, replicas of incendiary devices, and replicas of plastic explosives.    Flammable Items: Gasoline, gas torches, lighter fluid, cooking fuel, other types of flammable liquid fuel, flammable paints, paint thinner, turpentine, aerosols (exceptions for personal care items, toiletries, or medically related items - in limited quantities in containers sized three ounces or smaller).    Gases and pressure containers: Aerosols, carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (scuba or medical), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen.    Oxidizers and organic peroxides: Bleach, nitric acid, fertilizers, swimming pool or spa chemicals, and fiberglass repair kits.    Poisons: Weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, rodent poisons, arsenic, and cyanides.    Infectious materials: Medical laboratory specimens, viral organisms, and bacterial cultures.    Corrosives: Drain cleaners, car batteries, wet cell batteries, acids, alkalis, lye, and mercury.    Organics: Fiberglass resins, peroxides.    Radioactive materials: There are some exceptions for implanted radioactive medical devices. Contact your airline for details on how to ship other radioactive materials.    Magnetic materials: Strong magnets such as those in some loudspeakers and laboratory equipment.    Marijuana (cannabis): Marijuana in any form is not allowed on aircraft and is not allowed in the secure part of the airport. In addition it is illegal to import marijuana or marijuana-related items into several countries like US or countries in the Middle East.    Other dangerous items: Tear gas, spray paint, swimming pool or spa chlorine, and torch lighters.

Banned Items
Stuff that are banned will be removed and probably not returned to you. The following are banned on any civilian aircraft and should not even be brought to the airport:

Explosive and incendiary materials: Gunpowder (including black powder and percussion caps), dynamite, blasting caps, fireworks, matches, flares, plastic explosives, grenades, replicas of incendiary devices, and replicas of plastic explosives.

Flammable Items: Gasoline, gas torches, lighter fluid, cooking fuel, other types of flammable liquid fuel, flammable paints, paint thinner, turpentine, aerosols (exceptions for personal care items, toiletries, or medically related items - in limited quantities in containers sized three ounces or smaller).

Gases and pressure containers: Aerosols, carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (scuba or medical), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen.

Oxidizers and organic peroxides: Bleach, nitric acid, fertilizers, swimming pool or spa chemicals, and fiberglass repair kits.

Poisons: Weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, rodent poisons, arsenic, and cyanides.

Infectious materials: Medical laboratory specimens, viral organisms, and bacterial cultures.

Corrosives: Drain cleaners, car batteries, wet cell batteries, acids, alkalis, lye, and mercury.

Organics: Fiberglass resins, peroxides.

Radioactive materials: There are some exceptions for implanted radioactive medical devices. Contact your airline for details on how to ship other radioactive materials.

Magnetic materials: Strong magnets such as those in some loudspeakers and laboratory equipment.

Marijuana (cannabis): Marijuana in any form is not allowed on aircraft and is not allowed in the secure part of the airport. In addition it is illegal to import marijuana or marijuana-related items into several countries like US or countries in the Middle East.

Other dangerous items: Tear gas, spray paint, swimming pool or spa chlorine, and torch lighters.


Final Note
Always check your booking details for baggage rules and allowance. Remember that details may change anytime. If in doubt, check with the airline directly, through phone or their website. Even travel agencies will have conflicting information. Happy travelling!