27 FEBRUARY 2012


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Article from BTNews 27 FEBRUARY 2012

AND FINALLY: Brits make packing a weighty issue

New research from British Airways shows we are a nation of heavy weights.

Nine out of 10 holiday-makers do not use up to 30% of the items they take on holiday.

Over 40% take three or more pairs of shoes. 

Almost one in five take 10 or more pairs of underwear.

One in eight people take three towels or more for a one week holiday.

People from Scotland and the East of England have paid the most in excess baggage fees.

It seems that plenty of people take tea bags with them, which is probably not a bad idea.

AERBT thinks that maybe three plus pairs of shoes is a good idea, but when it comes to ‘undies’ surely travellers can do a little washing and there is always the hotel laundry service.  Three towels.  Most provide. 

And why did British Airways put out the release?

Very simple.

To emphasise that with their airline 23kg is free for hold baggage, plus two hand held in the cabin. 

Abigail Comber, British Airways Head of Brands and Marketing, said:  “That’s in comparison to the one 10kg cabin bag you can carry on for free on some no frills airlines.”  She could have also mentioned that with the so-called budget carriers during the high season a 15kg suitcase will cost £30, plus hefty charges if you exceed.

When buying luggage you really need to watch the weight.  Strong and light are the requirements.  It is no good wasting 10kg with a heavy bag.

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