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Old 07.07.2011, 10:47
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Swiss air and excess lugage from Zürich airport

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We are flying from Zurich airport on Swiss air (to hong kong) and we have about 6 kg excess luggage in all. Each luggage is 1 or 3 kg over. I would like to know if there are tolerant or if I have to be prepared to leave more things behind. I know that from China, swiss air had a 0 tolerance but I was wondering from here?

From August 1st they will increase their allowance from 20 to 23kg.

Any experience welcome .thanks
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Re: Swiss air and excess lugage from Zürich airport

I've travelled from Zurich with up to 4 kg over in one bag and they've not batted an eyelid. Once was to the UK and the second time was to Singapore.
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Old 07.07.2011, 10:51
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Re: Swiss air and excess lugage from Zürich airport

I think it really depends on how full the flight is and the mood of the check in assistant. Generally they are told in advance if they have to check weight etc. Safest would be to go (if practical) the night before the flight and check in the bags - if there is a problem then at least you dont have the stress of dealing with it on the day of travel.
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Old 07.07.2011, 10:52
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Re: Swiss air and excess lugage from Zürich airport

I would either pack more things into the carry on or leave a package to a friend (along with some money) who'd ship it to me once I'm settled.
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Re: Swiss air and excess lugage from Zürich airport

Is there a friend or someone that can bring you to the airport? If so I would try to go early and just try your luck. I have had several different experience in Zurich and other airports. Sometimes they don't bat an eyelid as stated above sometimes they make you pay for every extra kilo you've got. Try their sympaty, roll your eyes and explain them that you're leaving Switzerland, have tried to pack as light as possible blablabla. If all fails and you have someone with you you can always take things out and give it to that person. We have also worn many clothes and put them in a plastic bag once you're at the gate / in the plane in order to "lighten" the luggage. Good luck!
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Re: Swiss air and excess lugage from Zürich airport

I regularly fly Swiss from London City and quite often have a few kilos over.

I was told a few weeks ago by the girl at check-in that they'll waive off 3 kg without issue.

I recently had about 25kg and for the first time the girl made me transfer some of it into my hand luggage, but she still let me get away with checking in about 23 kg....

If it was me I would definitely give it a go....I somehow feel cheated if I don't check in at least 20 kg....


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Hello,

We are flying from Zurich airport on Swiss air (to hong kong) and we have about 6 kg excess luggage in all. Each luggage is 1 or 3 kg over. I would like to know if there are tolerant or if I have to be prepared to leave more things behind. I know that from China, swiss air had a 0 tolerance but I was wondering from here?

From August 1st they will increase their allowance from 20 to 23kg.

Any experience welcome .thanks
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Re: Swiss air and excess lugage from Zürich airport

I once checked in for a flight with hand luggage only. Can't remember the limit but the hand-luggage exceeded it by by about 2 kg and was told I would have to check it in.

In the hand-luggage was the walking boots I had just bought so I took those out and put them on my feet, and put the light canvas shoes I had been wearing into the bag - and my hand-luggage was now 2 kilos lighter and I didn't have to check it in. Just before getting on the plane I swapped shoes again.

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Re: Swiss air and excess lugage from Zürich airport

I'm regularly over my allowance with Swiss, and haven't been charged yet.

My best was 15kg overweight. She said that if I could get the case down to 32kg (their manual handling limit) by moving stuff to my hand luggage then she would let it go through with just a mock lecture.

So I did. And she did.

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Re: Swiss air and excess lugage from Zürich airport

Just doing some math here, if everyone went on board with their allocated weight limits on an Airbus A.380 with the highest density seating (currently 517 pax) and it were 100% full, then:

Y class - 30Kgs X 427 = 12'810Kgs
C class - 40Kgs X 76 = 3'040Kgs
F class - 50 Kgs X 14 = 700Kgs

Gives you 16.5 metric tonnes of baggage.

The empty weight of an A.380 is around 280 tonnes and the max payload, just shy of 90 tonnes, so with 517 pax weighing an IATA average of 85Kgs, that's 44 tonnes of flesh and bones (plus crew) along with your 16.5 tonnes of bags, there's only around 30 tonnes of space left for fuel and cargo. Of course, not everyone maxes out their baggage allowance and each kid weighs less than the max calculation, but if everyone went over their limit, the beast might not take off on a hot day from an airfield at high elevation.

Does that scare you enough to keep your bags light then?
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Old 07.07.2011, 20:43
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Just doing some math here...
OT: Any back of the envelope calculations how much additional fuel is required to haul an additional tonne of payload across continents? It will be much higher than most people might guess...
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Re: Swiss air and excess lugage from Zürich airport

Normally if it's just a couple of kgs they'll let it pass. Wife just went off with a couple of bags about 5 kgs over limit (and a few other way under).

Anyway, what I did once when someone gave me trouble was that I walked away (going to unpack), and just queued at another counter after bending the corner and that person didn't care...'

There's still risk; best thing of course is to 'play it safe' or know there are things you can leave behind. Or in case it happens, move heavy stuff to one suitcase and pay the excess.
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cargo. Of course, not everyone maxes out their baggage allowance and each kid weighs less than the max calculation, but if everyone went over their limit, the beast might not take off on a hot day from an airfield at high elevation.

Does that scare you enough to keep your bags light then?
Actually I'm a very nervous flyer ( it's getting worse since I have my kids) so I do think of this problem, however, the latest plane crashes like the air france rio-paris in 2009 had nothing to do with overweight issues.

The situation is , 24 hours before our flight is that we're only 3 kg overweight and I found out thanks to a fellow EF friends who visited me this morning, that we will be able to check in from Bern trainstation.
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