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Sun, 10 Mar, 2019Courtney Allan

"Finally": Qantas' huge carry-on change

"Finally": Qantas' huge carry-on change

Good news! Qantas has announced it has changed its domestic carry-on weight allowance. After passengers complained that the 7kg limit was too small, Qantas have upped the weight restriction to a whopping 10kg.

From March 25, domestic travellers can bring on board a cabin bag weighing up to 10kg and a smaller bag that weighs up to 4kg.

The total cabin baggage allowance is still the same at 14kg per person, the weight has just been distributed differently.

The physical size limits on cabin bags are the same, and passengers are still able to bring on board one small “personal item” bag, such as a handbag or slim laptop bag, as well as the two carry-on bags.

Qantas Domestic chief executive officer Andrew David said in a statement to

“Most customers on short business trips and weekends away only travel with one carry-on bag plus a small personal­ item,” Mr David said. 

“We’ve had feedback from our frequent flyers who said they can easily keep within the 14kg limit but would like flexibility in how they use their cabin baggage allowance.

“We need customers to check their bags before security to make sure they don’t exceed the allowance and can safely lift their bag,” he continued.

“Focusing on the amount of baggage customers are bringing on-board helps flights to depart on time and allows everyone to have their fair share of space in the overhead compartments.

“Heavy bags or overhead baggage compartments that are too full can cause a safety risk for customers and crew.”

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