Having just arrived in Australia off of a Qantas flight from Los Angeles to Brisbane, I was hit with an interesting surprise when checking-in for my domestic flight to Melbourne.
After getting off my flight from LAX, and going through customs (more on that later…), I checked-in at the domestic transfer window, queuing in the Business lane since I was booked up front.
Figuring it would be a simple print of the boarding pass and I’d be on my way, the agent asked that I place my carry-on luggage onto the scale. I told her I wouldn’t be checking any luggage, though she still insisted that I place both my suitcase and briefcase onto the scale. Reluctantly, I complied, and was hit with shocking news. My suitcase weighed in at 15kg, and the normal, allowable limit for all Qantas domestic and international flights (departing from Australia) are 7kg, nearly half of what I had already packed.
I mentioned that I had never seen such restrictions when flying before, and she said this was something very specific to Australia, given that they are very safety minded and want to prevent injuries with falling baggage out of the overhead lockers.
She tagged my bag with a priority tag since I was in Business and a oneworld Emerald, and I was allowed to continue on, taking the domestic transfer bus to the domestic terminal. I wasn’t too thrilled with checking my bag, but to be honest, there wasn’t much I could do given the situation.
It’s a lesson to be learned for next time – the US and other countries apparently have some very lenient restrictions when taking on carry on bags. In Australia, they not only have the restrictions, but thoroughly check them. Good to know.
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