Now Virgin Australia is cracking down on hand-luggage

By Mal | Dec 07, 2018, 09:15 PM
It looks as if Virgin Australia is joining Qantas is clamping down on weighing checkin bags ion domestic flights.

This in today from VA: "We know our guests like to bring everything but the kitchen sink in their carry-on baggage, but from next week (w/c 10 December) we’ll be aligning with the rest of the industry in refocussing on our cabin baggage limits. In the lead up to Christmas it’s an opportune time to remind guests of the limits, and why they exist. It’s pretty simple and has nothing to do with being Grinchy – we want to get away safely and on time. So if you’re on the ground or in the air, we’ll be backing you from next week to weigh bags at check-in and at the boarding gate if they look oversize or overweight. And if they are, down to the hold they go."
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By GAAN | Dec 07, 2018, 09:26 PM
And I was just about to move to Virgin... QF Lifetime Gold, mostly Platinum.. Full fare. carry one regulation size cabin bag which weighs 8.5kg, but had to check in. Could have wasted space with 2 x 7kg. But no, macbook air, 1 change of clothes, board papers, shorts tee and runners with washbag...which I had on yesterday's flight. Irrational, less weight and time-wasting. Bugger Qantas and now ignore Virgin..
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By melbtraveler | Dec 07, 2018, 09:32 PM
For goodness sake they really need to increase the weight to 10kg across all airlines. If it's OK for low cost Jetstar to offer 10kg carry on for a fee you would think anything FF silver and above or Business fare should be 10kg.
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By AT | Dec 07, 2018, 10:02 PM
Do the VA crew still take up all the biz class bins with their bags?
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By jch | Dec 07, 2018, 10:06 PM
They didn't seem to be weighing the priority line a couple of weeks ago. Will be testing this out again in J before Xmas.
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By Brassy | Dec 07, 2018, 10:47 PM
AT - yarp. No bin space in row 2 Adl to Syd on Tuesday. Plus EconomyX gets filled by those from further down the plane on the way past.
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By hutch | Dec 08, 2018, 12:56 AM
For goodness sake they really need to increase the weight to 10kg across all airlines. If it's OK for low cost Jetstar to offer 10kg carry on for a fee you would think anything FF silver and above or Business fare should be 10kg.

While I agree with you that an increase to 10kg would be sensible, past behaviour tends to suggest people would push the rules and just say "I only had 11kg and they made me check it"
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By SilverBromide | Dec 08, 2018, 08:04 AM
Besides the quite transparent lie that this is about operational performance (if it were, they wouldn't have needed QF to do it first), does anyone know if this is being implemented for J and status passengers? Loyalty is a two way street, and I would think that VA would be doing all it could to stop elites from jumping ship right now.
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By NoAngelNZ | Dec 08, 2018, 08:32 AM
I don't get the complaining? I wish they would enforce the limits. Although business and gold/plat should get more.
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By dp | Dec 08, 2018, 09:00 AM
And I was just about to move to Virgin... QF Lifetime Gold, mostly Platinum.. Full fare. carry one regulation size cabin bag which weighs 8.5kg, but had to check in. Could have wasted space with 2 x 7kg. But no, macbook air, 1 change of clothes, board papers, shorts tee and runners with washbag...which I had on yesterday's flight. Irrational, less weight and time-wasting. Bugger Qantas and now ignore Virgin..

so you were 20% over the bag limit and think the rules shouldn't apply to you?
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By Uqsthom6 | Dec 08, 2018, 09:22 AM
Always was amused how crew fill row 2 or around row 3 with their bags. Row 3 being a bulk head and passengers actually have to use the bins. Was on a flight to LST yesterday with empty J and they made a song a dance about using business class bins for a guy who was late because of a connector

In saying that I am sick of seeing these clearly oversized beasts of bags getting through.
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By ChrisCh | Dec 08, 2018, 11:00 AM
This wouldn't be so bad if VA's cabin baggage allowance wasn't 7kg total weight rather than 7kg per bag. When you bring two bags as the same allowance permits (such as the typical combination of a rollaboard to put overhead and a laptop bag to put under the seat in front), the allowance provides only 3.5kg per bag, which is nothing.

Checking baggage in with VA is also more cumbersome than with Qantas, particularly if you don't have status and have to line up for what's often half an hour or more to reach a person at a desk, rather than using a Q Bag Tag to drop it in at the automated counter and be on your way, regardless of whether you're Bronze or Platinum.

I don't mind airlines enforcing baggage limits that are reasonable, but for an airline to be enforcing a rule that allows only 3.5kg per bag for the most common carry-on combination for business travellers, that's having a laugh!
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By CityRail | Dec 08, 2018, 11:22 AM
May I ask if you can bring 2x Carry On bags on domestic if I am travelling on Virgin Z Class and connecting to International Long Haul?
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By Morgan27 | Dec 09, 2018, 02:46 AM
A few months ago I travelled on a VA domestic flight (in economy) from Melbourne to Perth and I had 3 carry on pieces (backpack,laptop bag and duty free shopping bag which I ha just bought stuff from) and the FA's and gate agents didn't bat an eyelid (that being said none of it was really heavy and I mostly just carried it in my hand its worse if you have actual wheely suitcases)
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By bert | Dec 09, 2018, 08:27 AM
In the USA there seems to be no limit on weight in the cabin. They can't be very safety conscious there!
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By BigH | Dec 09, 2018, 08:29 AM
Do the VA crew still take up all the biz class bins with their bags?

Now they bloody can!!!!
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