Up, Up And Hooray! Qantas Increases The Weight Limit For Carry-On Bags
Good news jet-setters: the weight limit for carry-on baggage will double on all Qantas domestic flights.
The current seven-kilogram weight restriction has irritated passengers for years, and now -- after a number of complaints and a carry-on baggage weighing trial -- the airline has responded.
From March 25, the Qantas will allow all domestic travellers to carry one bag weighing 10 kilos, as well as a second personal bag, such as a handbag, weighing no more than four kilos.
While you'll be able to take 14 kilos on board, the physical size of the bags will remain the same.
Feedback from a trial over the summer found 90 percent of customers travelled with 10kg or less of cabin baggage.
“Most customers on short business trips and weekends away only travel with one carry-on bag plus a small personal item,” Qantas Domestic chief executive officer Andrew David told The Australian.
“Focusing on the amount of baggage customers are bringing on board helps flights to depart on time.”
Qantas employees will continue to monitor all baggage during check in to ensure all carry-on items meet the limit.
It's not clear if Virgin Australia, Jetstar or TigerAir will follow suit.