Qantas announces new baggage rules

Qantas, which – along with all Australian domestic carriers – recently began weighing all carry-on bags, has surprised travellers by announcing increased weight limits for cabin baggage.

The decision is a reaction to complaints by passengers that a 7kg carry-on weight limit was too restrictive.

From Monday 25 March 2019, Qantas will allow travellers to fly on domestic Australian services with one carry-on item weighing up to 10kg, and a second piece weighing up to 4kg.

Until then, Qantas passengers could travel with two pieces of luggage up to 7kg each.

The total carry-on weight limit will still be capped at 14kg per passenger but will allow for a 43 per cent increase in weight allowed for the primary bag. The physical size limits of bags will remain the same.

“We know a lot of our customers enjoy the convenience of not having to check in luggage. Most customers on short trips and weekends away only travel with one carry-on bag plus a small personal item,” said a Qantas spokesperson.

“Focusing on the amount of baggage customers bring onboard helps flights to depart on time and allows everyone to have their fair share of space in the overhead compartments. Heavy bags or overhead baggage compartments that are too full can cause a safety risk for customers and crew.”

Cabin baggage allowance on domestic QantasLink Dash 8 turboprop services will not change and will remain at one piece weighing 7kg.


Do you welcome the new rules? Will this allow you to travel without checked-in baggage?

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