A recent survey has found two in five Britons feel the weight of airline passengers should be reflected in how much luggage they are allowed to fly with. Of the people quizzed in the poll, nearly 40 per cent said passengers who were overweight should have their cabin and check in luggage allowances cut in proportion.
The research was conducted on behalf of internet travel agency eDreams. One in five of the respondents said they felt positively miffed when they saw a bigger passenger in a check-in queue or on board an aircraft and realised they had the same bag limit as everyone else.
eDreams quizzed passengers about other aspects of their baggage preparations before flying. A good proportion stated that ensuring the weight of their baggage was below an airline’s particular limit was the most stressful part of preparing to fly.
Genderwise, the researchers found men were more blasé than women when flouting luggage size and weight restrictions. Overweight bags can cost passengers a lot in extra fees and many airlines, especially budget carriers, charge for each kilogramme over the allowance.
Commenting on the findings of the survey, eDreams’ Kasia Jankowska, said they showed airline passengers went to great lengths and endured a lot of anxiety about complying with baggage restrictions. She carried on by saying this caused residual rancour as shown by the high number of people who said bigger passengers should be allowed to fly with less luggage.