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Flight attendants demand carry-on baggage overhaul

December 3, 2012, 9:58 amYahoo!7

The Flight Attendants Association of Australia is pushing for changes to airline carry-on luggage regulations.

Flight attendants demand carry-on baggage overhaul
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Do you try to avoid paying for luggage by squeezing suitcases into the overhead lockers? Those days may soon be over, with the Flight Attendants Association of Australia pushing for an overhaul of current baggage arrangements by airlines.

Cabin crew claim they are suffering injuries from lifting heavy bags into overhead lockers, and regular delays occur as staff run around trying to stow items that do not fit at the last minute.

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Jo-Ann Davidson from the FAAA said they were planning a campaign targeting airlines and regulatory bodies, to get a review of cabin luggage and changes to incentives to carry-on.

"It's becoming a real problem for cabin crew, both in terms of injury and also for other passengers as well," she said.

She said much of the problem lay with airlines themselves, for failing to strictly impose weight restrictions on carry-on luggage.

"We'd like to see a standard applied throughout the whole industry so there's no one airline saying they've got a disadvantage because some are allowing 10kg, and some allowing two bags."

Are you guilty of trying to fit too much into overhead lockers?

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  1. christina12:50am Saturday 08th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I completely agree, they should limit the carry on weight for carry on luggage. I injured my back( disk protrusion on C3/C4, C5/C7) while assisting a pax with her bag which had a torn Zip. Was on long medical leave, physio etc. When i cannot understand is the Asian mentality, the pack their parents, grandparents with such heavy bags and then require assistance such as wheel-chairs to aircraft then get the crew to carry the bags. Shame on you people, the Cabin crew have families as well. Some airlines in the U.S are enforcing regulations such as " if you cannot lift your OWN BAG and stow it in the overhead bins" you check it in. think it is a fair deal. As for the Elderly, Mothers with Children, Passengers with special needs... we cabin crew are here for you.

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  2. kepeyeon U11:59pm Thursday 06th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    @RUSKY@SHEPHERD SPOT ON, THESE CUNNING AIRLINES trying to make it Hard for every1, they are trying make you all Bicker and not looking @the Real Issue, Really on everybody mind is the weight & that means COST, they should make a Reasable manageable weight to take on, there trying to down size everything, and Ram up the BLOODY Charges, Focus take your Bloody Blinkers off, They SHOULD Dame realize when you go to Europe or Asia more & over than a Month,they should allow over 25 to 30K give an take So People can bring back some Souvenirs, thats how you turn around economy around isn it. Europe & America BLOODY Broke, cant you see the point. Wake up you DUMB Bastards BIG Business out there, if you want people to SPEND stop tighten OUR BELTS if you want your ECONOMY TO WORK give us Breathing Space, For a Start, Start at the Dumb AIRLINES.

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  3. christina11:09pm Wednesday 05th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It's about time.... coming from someone who suffered from one of those back injuries. the name SHOULD say it ALL "CARRY ON" not roll, drag or push....just sayin....which of course is what it used to be! Great invention the wheels on bags but not for overhead bins. If the size regs. were just a little smaller and it is enforced BEFORE the bags get on the plane it would go along way to helping the issues.

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  4. teandbikkies03:13pm Tuesday 04th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    5 or 6kg sounds reasonable.

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  5. DIANNE02:01pm Tuesday 04th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I agree my husband had someones luggage fall down on his head as they were trying to put it in the overhead lockers it was far too big, we also went and brought smaller carry on luggage as the ones we had were the right size and weight but we had trouble getting them in the lockers with other peoples large luggage, I agree the air hostess should not have to lift and put your carry ons into the lockers, they should start checking as you board and charge them money to take on...

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  6. Solomon01:54pm Tuesday 04th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Totally agree, travellers just abusing their rights. Cut down cabin baggage to 5 kgs and should be strictly monitored.

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  7. Gobbledygook12:21pm Tuesday 04th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    if tigers for it, i'm against it just on principal

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  8. jjjack12:20pm Tuesday 04th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Emirates in Dubai check the weight and size of Carry on bags and if too heavy or big they slide them down to the hold Before you enter the air craft.too many people with wheelie bags that barely fit down the aisle all in favour of slinging them into the hold

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  9. Ed10:13am Tuesday 04th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    anything bigger than a back pack should be paid luggage- airlines are losing out - it is so bad trying to get off the planes with these big bags going down the stairs in front of you.

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  10. Bettina Welham02:34am Tuesday 04th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Totally agree..... have travelled too numerous to count and am sick and tired of selfish travellers not complying to the on board luggage guidelines. But it is the airline who needs to step up and take control and tell offenders NO!!!! to the oversized baggage... During the checking in stage the size of on board luggage should be checked so that there is time for the flyer to adjust there luggage or purchase a extra bag at checkin and pay extra cargo weight without affecting the rest of the passengers during boarding time with there excesses of baggage. Also would like uniform weight throughout all airlines as eg.. travelled domestic 23kg then going international down to 20kg.. strange.. And to our wonderful stewards don't touch anyones baggage....leave it to the bag owners to lift. (except elderly and Mothers/fathers travelling on own with children or children travelling on own)..

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