Tiger excess luggage

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As of 18 September, the free ride is over for Tigerair passengers, at least when it comes to hand luggage. According to a statement issued on 5 September, passengers will no longer be able to carry more than 10kg of hand luggage, any more than two bags, or bring bags bigger than 54cm x 38cm x 23cm on board a Tigerair flight.

Any passengers travelling on flights with a duration less than one hour and 45 minutes, will find themselves paying $70 to check in a bag at the airport, while those on longer flights will be hit with an $85 fee.

Other low cost airlines in Australia already enforce strict hand luggage allowances, details as follows:

AirAsia – each passenger is allowed to carry on one bag and one personal item such as a purse or briefcase, with the maximum dimensions of carry-on luggage being 56 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm and a maximum weight of 7 kg.

Jetstar – as with AirAsia, each passenger is allowed to carry on one bag and one personal item, such as a purse or briefcase. For every kilogram of baggage above the allowance specified, there is a fee per kg charged, commencing at $10 per excess kilogram.

Virgin – the carry on allowance for each passenger is one bag, one garment bag and personal items with the maximum dimensions not to exceed 23 cm x 34 cm x 48 cm and the weight to be less than 7 kg.

Do you think it is fair that airlines charge for excess hand luggage? Or do you think such charges are excessive? Do you think we should be able to carry whatever we like onboard domestic and international flights?

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Written by Andrea


Total Comments: 13
  1. 0

    Whether it is fair or not, matters little. It is part of the fare.

  2. 0

    It’s about time airlines started enforcing the carryon baggage allowances. It is ridiculous and quite selfish the amount of hand luggage some people try and get onto a plane.

  3. 0

    For safety reasons on-board baggage should be limited severely as those overhead locker do come open during turbulence.
    Also, excess baggage should be charged on the basis of the combined weight of the passenger and their baggage. I’m just 63kg but limited to the same baggage allowance as the man in the queue next to me who clearly weighs in excess of 150kg.

  4. 0

    tiger air don’t have a good name to start off with with the amount of airlines all offering good cheap discount flights they will price themselves out of business the paying public wont put up with it

    • 0

      James the other cheap airlines and the not so cheap, also have limitations as to the weight and amount that is allowed. Carry more and you pay more that is fair. So how will they price themselves out of business?

  5. 0

    What Tiger do is of little interest to me… wouldn’t fly with them in a fit! Can see no reasons to…

  6. 0

    saw one of those aircrash investigation documentries. The plane crashed because it was over weight. They had failed to realize that the passengers weigh had slowly increased over the years. As was stated, airlines don’t weigh passengers, only the luggage.

    • 0

      They do not weigh passengers now for domestic and international flights because the planes are a lot bigger than the old but faithful DC3s and so they have more leeway. Imagine how long checkin would take if all 300 passengers had to be weighed. But they work on average loads and on a recent flight from Singapore as there was a large school excursion group travelling, the plane had to be rebalanced by moving many of the children from the front to the rear before we could leave. The fact we also took on extra fuel because of strong headwinds being predicted may have also played a part.

    • 0

      Robertj You missed the point. It doesn’t mean they need to weigh the passengers. I saying how passengers weigh more than they used to and have to concider that when they think of their carry load.
      Bigger plane carry more passengers and more fuel.

  7. 0

    Good on them! I am tired of not being able to fit my (modest) hand luggage near me because some moron thinks his/her bags and wants are more important than everyone else’s. Some people try to fit their whole luggage in the cabin. It’s called “carry-on” baggage for a reason, and should be used for in-flight items, not all your excess baggage. (And yes, I have sometimes used my carry-on for items acquired whilst away, but I always make sure the bag is within limits.)

    • 0

      I was on a flight recently with loads of empty seats – yet there was nowhere to put my luggage – no wonder people try to be the first to board – The new planes have the seat number on them – and you should only be allowed to store above the seat you have booked – surely the ticket price includes the storage above your seat

  8. 0

    I often see passengers abusing the size restrictions.



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