Is carry on baggage a pain?

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Mark Lang

Member since 26 Jun 2015

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Is carry on baggage a pain? Cabin space struggle?


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Aug 2014

Total posts 186

Depends how much you pack in your bag, and airline, status, etc. Plz elaborate more on your question.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

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It compares favourably to checked baggage.


Air New Zealand - NZ*E

Member since 17 May 2015

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Carry on always beats checked in baggage on short trips (a night or two) just means I can be clear of the terminal within minutes of landing. I pack very light so size and weight are never an issue. Longer trips means more gear so checked baggage is usually the only option. The problem is when people try to take into the cabin, bags and items that clearly should clearly be checked in. That's the grey area the industry struggles with and the rule makers and airlines battle with. To be honest, some of the worst offenders I have seen are people who should know better but get away with it because airlines are too scared to upset their premium passangers. There is no easy answer.

Andrew Barkery

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Mar 2011

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You can also be at a disadvantage, if your bag is smallish, as other people with bigger hand luggage will jostel and move your items to the furthest corner of the overhead lockers so their stuff can fit in it.

I do HLO only, and am shocked at what some people do with their pull along/wheel along, that should be in the plane hold area under the seat in the bottom of the plane.

And it (now not so bad), but people used to carry a tonne of Krispy Kreme doughnuts into Adelaide SA, now its just even the smallest kid with their own pull along, so that will also have to go up, thus what you put up there, will ge moved.

Sometimes, people even have the gall to ask the flight attendant if they can move your item down further from you, because they need the space!


Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,058

If the overhead compartments are not packed efficiently and packed in a somewhat selfish manner then I think it's appropriate for things to be moved around a bit so everyone gets to store their carry on. People need to be less precious.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 18 Jun 2015

Total posts 81

I like to try to  board as early as possible to get space just for those reasons. But I sometimes close it after I put my stuff in. Most don't check until things start to get full  elsewhere. But more often then not its packed to the brim anyway. 

With the introduction of HLO fares it is often the case. 



Member since 12 Apr 2013

Total posts 870

Question is too broad and unclear. Greatly depends on airline and ticket condition. For example JQ allows plenty of hand luggage in their star class, so I very seldom to check in, just take on board two cabin size cases. Much faster on arrival.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 31 Aug 2012

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I find other peoples cabin baggage is the pain. Haven't they heard you can check-in stuff?

Shoudy Chen


Member since 13 Jun 2015

Total posts 38

Man. I hate to carry the baggage in pain! I am feeling too tired when I have to carry a lot of stuff when flying from Perth to Brisbane! It's fairly tedious! I need to start using a trolley to carry the luggage!

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