Air India Baggage Allowance - how strict are they??!

#1 Jul 15th, 2009, 17:44
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I am flying from London out to Chennai, via Mumbai, with Air India and have a question.

Does anyone know how strict they are on their 20kg allowance? I have flown many times before with BA and know what I could get away with with them but this is the 1st time with Air India.....

Also, do they weigh your hand luggage? Allowance is 8kg apparently and I am struggling to get below about 14kg (most heavy stuff in there) though the case is of allowable size.

I an going for 6+ months and have managed to cut what I am taking right down but am just a bit worried (more than necessary I know) about getting to the airport and finding that Air India are a bit hot on allowances. The annoying thing is that i am allowed 30kg from Mumbai to Chennai!

Any help welcome and thank you.......
#2 Jul 15th, 2009, 17:50
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It depends on flight load. If its flying full capacity you may have to pay extra. If its mostly empty then a few kgs does not matter.
Hand Baggage is rarely checked for weight. So if its in shape it shouldn't be a problem.

I came to know this from a local newspaper , AI was in news for some wrong reasons of late.
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Things are not going good for Air India now a days. Going bankrupt and shortage of planes. Recently AI officials got caught for allowing extra 3 passengers on plane and giving one of them a seat in Cockpit while other two on crew seats. After investigation some heads were sacked.

So i think they will be going strict now, specially on International flights.
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If someone is lucky he can fly the plane it seems.
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And I am just worrying about a few extra kilos

Mmm - BA seeming like a good option at the moment. Oh well, AI flight was cheaper...

Thanks all. I will keep the heavy stuff in my hand luggage and hide it with a friend if necessary!
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I will keep the heavy stuff in my hand luggage and hide it with a friend if necessary!
You'll never get away with carrying a friend in your hand luggage!
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Apparently the trick is to fly with JET...

A friend recently arrived and was allowed 2 cases as 23kg each. 46kg. I mean - pleeease.

Oh what fun I could have had. Could've brought out all I wanted! Mind you, only the marmite got missed out...

BTW - was FINE with 22kg and 12kg hand luggage. Don't know why I worried.
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Originally Posted by snooks View Post Apparently the trick is to fly with JET...

A friend recently arrived and was allowed 2 cases as 23kg each. 46kg. I mean - pleeease.
There is no trick ... anyone whose origin or final destination is USA/Canada ... is allowed 2 X 23 Kg for economy class by almost all airlines on connecting sectors.

I have flown with 80 kg checked baggage and 25 kg hand baggage on Air India with 2 tickets without paying extra on Europe-India sector with no USA/Canada connection.

Call me patriotic or whatever, Air India really pampers me ... love it.
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True...

She was flying from London to Chennai though, like me. I was allowed 20kg, she got 46! And who says life is fair??!!

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