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Air New Zealand carry on weight limit - 15lbs ????!

 
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Aug 27, 2017 08:36 |  #1

So I'm leaving for Australia and New Zealand for three weeks and just find this out. 15lbs is absurd. My camera bag will weight 30+lbs. I am not/will not check a bag worth $$$$. I've never had one bit of problem going to Europe but this is definitely a huge problem. Anybody, any thoughts, suggestions, ideas. vmadvmadvmadvmad


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Aug 27, 2017 09:32 |  #2

I thought this was absurd as well so I checked a few websites and yep, you are restricted to 7kg (15 pounds). Crazy.

Sounds like flights are full so space is at a premium and more than likely the 15 lbs rule will be enforced. In this case, I would consider purchasing a Pelican hard case with good foam padding, lock it up and check it.


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Aug 27, 2017 13:31 |  #3

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I thought this was absurd as well so I checked a few websites and yep, you are restricted to 7kg (15 pounds). Crazy.

Sounds like flights are full so space is at a premium and more than likely the 15 lbs rule will be enforced. In this case, I would consider purchasing a Pelican hard case with good foam padding, lock it up and check it.

And purchase insurance for it...


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Aug 27, 2017 13:35 |  #4

In 2006 my wife and I flew to Melbourne Australia via New Zealand on ANZ, with San Francisco as our origin. Checking in the ANZ rep weighed our carry on, and I had to offload some items from my carryon into the checked luggage, before the rep OK'd my carryon at 7.5Kg.
ANZ is not alone among airlines with 7Kg limits...of 68 airlines in the world

  • Three have 11lb. limits!
  • Two have 13lb limits
  • Fifteen have 15lb (one 16 lbs) limits

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Aug 27, 2017 13:48 |  #5

Please don't consider this advice, as obviously it is a gamble/crapshoot, and worked fro some airlines it would appear may not for NZ.

But, every airline I have flown in the last 6 years or so has had such an advertised carry claim, and I have broken it every time by orders of magnitude without being challenged.

For instance, South African Airlines has the 7KG limit. I had ALL of my important camera gear in my normal luggage rolling carry on. Perhaps over 50 pounds of weight.

Likewise to Galapagos, etc..

But It sounds like NZ may be far more likely to actually enforce this rule, so not sure why it seems to be so ignored elsewhere.

Other airlines much more often have these little cages into which you must be able to fit your carry on, so DO NOT exceed the specified outer dimensions! This will get your bag checked.


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Aug 27, 2017 14:01 |  #6

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18438377 (external link)
Please don't consider this advice, as obviously it is a gamble/crapshoot, and worked fro some airlines it would appear may not for NZ.

But, every airline I have flown in the last 6 years or so has had such an advertised carry claim, and I have broken it every time by orders of magnitude without being challenged.

For instance, South African Airlines has the 7KG limit. I had ALL of my important camera gear in my normal luggage rolling carry on. Perhaps over 50 pounds of weight.

Likewise to Galapagos, etc..

But It sounds like NZ may be far more likely to actually enforce this rule, so not sure why it seems to be so ignored elsewhere.

Other airlines much more often have these little cages into which you must be able to fit your carry on, so DO NOT exceed the specified outer dimensions! This will get your bag checked.


This is something I would not mind trying at all except for the fact that I'd be the one caught and holding up the line repacking. I hate being "that guy" holding up lines.


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Aug 27, 2017 14:22 |  #7

Solution:

Switch to Fuji for travel


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Aug 27, 2017 14:57 |  #8

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18438377 (external link)
But It sounds like NZ may be far more likely to actually enforce this rule, so not sure why it seems to be so ignored elsewhere.

Other airlines much more often have these little cages into which you must be able to fit your carry on, so DO NOT exceed the specified outer dimensions! This will get your bag checked.

ANZ and Qantas were both far more rigid about enforcement of their respective policies than any other airlines I have flown in a lifetime of over 1 Million air miles. First time ever having carry-on weighed, first time ever having to subject bag to the measurement frame....the question is not why others are so relaxed, but "Why is ANZ and Qantas so rigid about it???"
In Quatas' case, flying from Melbourne to Sydney they checked the size of my carryon bag, which had two plastic feet (in addition to the wheels) and I had to tip the bag just a few degrees to get the bag to go into the frame past the two plastic feet (with no other forcing to fit, nor other resistance) but Qantas refused to 'pass' the bag and forced me to check it, explaining one could NOT tip the bag at all!


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Aug 27, 2017 17:34 |  #9

Your bag is weighed, you are not. It's weighed at check in only, if it is at all.
Pockets in a coat for lenses and camera on a strap, check in, once through security load up your bag and roll happy. Once your bag is the correct size you are good to go - fitting everything in there can be an issue.

Last flight I took, a month or so ago, I had to fit my gear into a LP Urban Reporter 250 as it was the biggest bag I had that was under the size limit of the airline, also a 15Lb limit, took all my gear fine and I was just under weight. Like you there is no way I'm ever checking in any gear that can get damaged. Shooting a smaller system helped keep the weight down.


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Aug 27, 2017 20:28 |  #10

Two Hot Shoes wrote in post #18438535 (external link)
Your bag is weighed, you are not. It's weighed at check in only, if it is at all.
Pockets in a coat for lenses and camera on a strap, check in, once through security load up your bag and roll happy. Once your bag is the correct size you are good to go - fitting everything in there can be an issue.

Last flight I took, a month or so ago, I had to fit my gear into a LP Urban Reporter 250 as it was the biggest bag I had that was under the size limit of the airline, also a 15Lb limit, took all my gear fine and I was just under weight. Like you there is no way I'm ever checking in any gear that can get damaged. Shooting a smaller system helped keep the weight down.


Flew norwegian air last month. They were super strict about a 10kg carry-on limit. So, i loaded my lens and my iPad in my pocket. Luckily i had my favorite sweatshirt with a pouch in the front, it took the iPad, the 135 f/2 and 24-70 f/4 without any problem. That was enough to bring the weight down to about 10kgs.

Never had this issue before, though. It just might be that airlines are getting strict about weight limits. I read somewhere about some airlines, i forget which one (maybe Samoan air?), that sets the ticket price based on the combined weight of the passenger and the baggage they are carrying. Might be the way of the future!!!


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Aug 27, 2017 20:59 |  #11

So basically have a photo vest stuffed in the bag so when you arrive to checkin slam the vest on and fill up.


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Aug 27, 2017 23:35 |  #12

If weight is an issue I take the camera out of my carry on and just hang it over my shoulder. Then put back in the bag when past check in.


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Aug 28, 2017 00:00 |  #13

Around here, you go through the x-ray you can't even have a wallet in your pocket or shoes on.. what happens then?


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Aug 28, 2017 00:00 |  #14

Dan Marchant wrote in post #18438758 (external link)
If weight is an issue I take the camera out of my carry on and just hang it over my shoulder. Then put back in the bag when past check in.

Since it is the right time of year down under, wear a long coat (or have it over your arm) with a lens in each pocket when you check in and get your carryon weighed, OP!


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Aug 28, 2017 00:36 |  #15

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18438767 (external link)
Around here, you go through the x-ray you can't even have a wallet in your pocket or shoes on.. what happens then?


The lenses and the iPad went back into the carry-on after the nice lady at the counter approved the carry-on (with a sticker even), so at security i only had my wallet in my pocket. Even the sweatshirt got unceremoniously dumped in the carry-on :-)


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