Now Virgin Australia is cracking down on hand-luggage

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Mal

Member since 14 Jun 2013

Total posts 109

It looks as if Virgin Australia is joining Qantas is clamping down on weighing checkin bags ion domestic flights.

This in today from VA: "We know our guests like to bring everything but the kitchen sink in their carry-on baggage, but from next week (w/c 10 December) we’ll be aligning with the rest of the industry in refocussing on our cabin baggage limits. In the lead up to Christmas it’s an opportune time to remind guests of the limits, and why they exist. It’s pretty simple and has nothing to do with being Grinchy – we want to get away safely and on time. So if you’re on the ground or in the air, we’ll be backing you from next week to weigh bags at check-in and at the boarding gate if they look oversize or overweight. And if they are, down to the hold they go."

GAAN

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Sep 2012

Total posts 1

And I was just about to move to Virgin... QF Lifetime Gold, mostly Platinum.. Full fare. carry one regulation size cabin bag which weighs 8.5kg, but had to check in. Could have wasted space with 2 x 7kg. But no, macbook air, 1 change of clothes, board papers, shorts tee and runners with washbag...which I had on yesterday's flight. Irrational, less weight and time-wasting. Bugger Qantas and now ignore Virgin..

melbtraveler

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Jan 2015

Total posts 20

For goodness sake they really need to increase the weight to 10kg across all airlines. If it's OK for low cost Jetstar to offer 10kg carry on for a fee you would think anything FF silver and above or Business fare should be 10kg.

AT

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 14 Sep 2012

Total posts 16

Do the VA crew still take up all the biz class bins with their bags?

jch

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 15 Nov 2017

Total posts 143

They didn't seem to be weighing the priority line a couple of weeks ago. Will be testing this out again in J before Xmas.

Brassy

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 15 Apr 2016

Total posts 36

AT - yarp. No bin space in row 2 Adl to Syd on Tuesday. Plus EconomyX gets filled by those from further down the plane on the way past.

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

Total posts 762

For goodness sake they really need to increase the weight to 10kg across all airlines. If it's OK for low cost Jetstar to offer 10kg carry on for a fee you would think anything FF silver and above or Business fare should be 10kg.

While I agree with you that an increase to 10kg would be sensible, past behaviour tends to suggest people would push the rules and just say "I only had 11kg and they made me check it"

SilverBromide

Member since 05 Mar 2015

Total posts 22

Besides the quite transparent lie that this is about operational performance (if it were, they wouldn't have needed QF to do it first), does anyone know if this is being implemented for J and status passengers? Loyalty is a two way street, and I would think that VA would be doing all it could to stop elites from jumping ship right now.

NoAngelNZ

Member since 29 Nov 2018

Total posts 14

I don't get the complaining? I wish they would enforce the limits. Although business and gold/plat should get more.

dp

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 16 Jan 2015

Total posts 23

And I was just about to move to Virgin... QF Lifetime Gold, mostly Platinum.. Full fare. carry one regulation size cabin bag which weighs 8.5kg, but had to check in. Could have wasted space with 2 x 7kg. But no, macbook air, 1 change of clothes, board papers, shorts tee and runners with washbag...which I had on yesterday's flight. Irrational, less weight and time-wasting. Bugger Qantas and now ignore Virgin..

so you were 20% over the bag limit and think the rules shouldn't apply to you?

Uqsthom6

Member since 15 Mar 2017

Total posts 18

Always was amused how crew fill row 2 or around row 3 with their bags. Row 3 being a bulk head and passengers actually have to use the bins. Was on a flight to LST yesterday with empty J and they made a song a dance about using business class bins for a guy who was late because of a connector


In saying that I am sick of seeing these clearly oversized beasts of bags getting through.

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,093

This wouldn't be so bad if VA's cabin baggage allowance wasn't 7kg total weight rather than 7kg per bag. When you bring two bags as the same allowance permits (such as the typical combination of a rollaboard to put overhead and a laptop bag to put under the seat in front), the allowance provides only 3.5kg per bag, which is nothing.

Checking baggage in with VA is also more cumbersome than with Qantas, particularly if you don't have status and have to line up for what's often half an hour or more to reach a person at a desk, rather than using a Q Bag Tag to drop it in at the automated counter and be on your way, regardless of whether you're Bronze or Platinum.

I don't mind airlines enforcing baggage limits that are reasonable, but for an airline to be enforcing a rule that allows only 3.5kg per bag for the most common carry-on combination for business travellers, that's having a laugh!

CityRail

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 17 Nov 2014

Total posts 78

May I ask if you can bring 2x Carry On bags on domestic if I am travelling on Virgin Z Class and connecting to International Long Haul?

Morgan27

Member since 27 May 2017

Total posts 13

A few months ago I travelled on a VA domestic flight (in economy) from Melbourne to Perth and I had 3 carry on pieces (backpack,laptop bag and duty free shopping bag which I ha just bought stuff from) and the FA's and gate agents didn't bat an eyelid (that being said none of it was really heavy and I mostly just carried it in my hand its worse if you have actual wheely suitcases)

bert

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 23 Jun 2014

Total posts 15

In the USA there seems to be no limit on weight in the cabin. They can't be very safety conscious there!

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