Limited room and fuel economies are forcing airway companies to strictly control baggages (number and weight per passenger) and tax the excess baggage.
Baggage allowances. Each company (regular, low cost or charter) has its own regulations, but it is generally accepted that at check-in, the allowance is of 2 items of a maximum 50 pounds weight and one hand baggage who must not exceed 26 pounds. The maximum dimensions of the hand baggage has been defined by the European Union: 22 x 18 x 10 inches.
Authorised objects on board. On the 6 November 2006, the European Commission regulated the restriction of liquids taken in hand luggage. It concerns all flights on departure from European Union airports as well as Norway, Iceland and Switzerland (whatever the destination). No containers exceeding 0.1 litre (0.02 gallon). The containers must be carried in a separate, clear; plastic, zip-top or resealable bag of 1 litre (8 inches x 8 inches). Exceptions to the rule: baby food, medicine with prescriptions and products found in airport shops after the security controls, limited to the airport shopping regulations (duty free or not).href="http://www.dgac.fr/html/oservice/surete_test.htm"Read the regulation on liquid restriction on board.
For business men, no more worries, your computer and mobile phone are authorised as hand luggage, but they will have to go through X-Ray check up. The same goes for books, or any paper document as well as objects like keys, coins and other.Limiting the risks of transport.
An estimated 2% of all baggages transported by airway companies is lost. The probability that your baggage could therefore be lost on your next flight is insignificant. If you also forget to put your name on your suitcase and it transits from one plane to another, it has all the chances of ending up in another airport.
The only solution to avoid this annoyance: just bring one piece of hand baggage. Not always easy, depending on the destination and on how long your trip is. So be wise and keep everything handy that you definitely don't want to lose in your suitcase (ID papers, payment means, jewels, anything personal you can't replace where you are going).
Another solution if you are travelling in a group : share out clothes and personal objects in each suitcase. If one gets lost, then each of you will still have part of your luggage to begin your holidays.
What to do in case of lost or damaged baggage If your baggage goes missing or arrives damaged, then you should carry out the following procedure: file a complaint at the company's baggage service using the form provided at the airport where you have landed. If you leave the airport without it, then according to the Montreal Convention (the regulation in airway baggage transportation) you have 21 days to file a complaint.
Once the form is filled in then, send it to the airway company's customers service. Enclose photocopies of the flight ticket, boarding cards, as well as a letter describing the value of the lost objects as to establish a compensation. The Convention limits the compensation to a maximum £960 per passenger.
If your baggage is more valuable then we strongly recommend that you obtain adequate travel insurance cover it prior to your journey. href=http://www.aviation-civile.gouv.fr/html/oservice/guid_pas/conv_montreal.htm
Read the Montreal Convention Policy www.fco.gov.uk