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2005\04\04@093000 by Alan B. Pearce

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>Consider yourself lucky that you were allowed to take your overweight
>luggage on board. On a recent flight with British Airways someone I know
>had one bag that was at 33kg (the limit being 30kg). They were forced to
>remove items from the bag until it was at 30kg. No choice. No excess
>baggage fee. The reason? They are worried that the baggage handlers will
>injure themselves on the heavier baggage and therefore won't allow
>ANYTHING above 30kg!??! TTYL

I had that happen on a train journey in Australia back in 1988. For them the
limit was 26kg.

Don't know why they cannot have 2 people lift it - the weight is marked on
the "heavy" tag.

2005\04\04@104108 by Herbert Graf

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On Mon, 2005-04-04 at 14:29 +0100, Alan B. Pearce wrote:
> Don't know why they cannot have 2 people lift it - the weight is marked on
> the "heavy" tag.

Probably because that forces them to have TWO baggage handlers, which of
course costs more...

OTOH, the thought of only one baggage handler working at a time is kinda
non believable...

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2005\04\04@162349 by Josh Koffman

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On Apr 4, 2005 10:41 AM, Herbert Graf <spam_OUTmailinglist2TakeThisOuTspamfarcite.net> wrote:
> OTOH, the thought of only one baggage handler working at a time is kinda
> non believable...

I agree. The usual number of them working is zero.

Or so it seems when it's 3AM, you've been diverted twice, feel
disgustingly dirty and just want to get to the hotel because you have
a breakfast meeting at 7AM and as it is you won't get enough sleep so
being forced to wait for 45 minutes in a desolate airport for your
baggage isn't helping matters.

Josh

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2005\04\04@164105 by Mike Hord

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> > Don't know why they cannot have 2 people lift it - the weight is marked on
> > the "heavy" tag.
>
> Probably because that forces them to have TWO baggage handlers, which of
> course costs more...

Actually, I think it's because it's very difficult to get a good
swing, and therefore,
a good toss, out of a bag that weighs more than 30kg.  It probably throws off
their baggage toss distance competitions. ;-)

Mike H.

2005\04\04@165006 by Herbert Graf
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On Mon, 2005-04-04 at 16:23 -0400, Josh Koffman wrote:
> On Apr 4, 2005 10:41 AM, Herbert Graf <.....mailinglist2KILLspamspam@spam@farcite.net> wrote:
> > OTOH, the thought of only one baggage handler working at a time is kinda
> > non believable...
>
> I agree. The usual number of them working is zero.
>
> Or so it seems when it's 3AM, you've been diverted twice, feel
> disgustingly dirty and just want to get to the hotel because you have
> a breakfast meeting at 7AM and as it is you won't get enough sleep so
> being forced to wait for 45 minutes in a desolate airport for your
> baggage isn't helping matters.

Been there. At least that's better then the bag being left in Denver
because your flight out of Toronto was delayed, meaning you were put on
a different airline because you missed you connecting flight, meaning
you don't have more then a days clothing left... At least Walmart was
near by! :)

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