Baggage allowance of the SouthWest Airlines: Pioneers of LCC Cheap Flights

It is the SouthWest airline which is credited with the conceptualization and operation of the short-haul, a no-frills service based model of aviation, which we call as LCC. It would be interesting to note what is the baggage allowance of this airline that ushered in an age of cheap flights? All other LCC airlines which have adopted this concept of civil aviation have their own luggage policies, but let us check what the mother of these airlines has to give its passengers on the baggage front.

Well, the airline does oblige its passengers by allowing them two checked pieces of baggage for every ticketed passenger. But, this does not mean that you can carry these two baggages of any dimension and weight. There are restrictions imposed on the weight and size of each baggage. For every checked baggage, the maximum weight allowed is 50 pounds and the maximum size (total of length, width and height) is 62 inches. There is a charge of $50 per luggage in case the weight exceeds 50 pounds but is less than 100 pounds or the dimensions increase from 62 to 80 inches. If the weight exceeds 100 pounds, the baggage is required to be shipped as air cargo.

In case there is more than two baggages are to be carried on its cheap flights, there is an additional charge of $50 per piece for the 3 to 9 items of luggage. If there are more than 9 baggages, then the additional charges to be paid at the time of flight booking are $100 per piece.

For the carry-on baggage, the airline has a very simple and clear. It allows only one bag along with one small personal item (laptop, food containers, briefcases, cameras, etc). The bag shall not exceed the dimension of 10*16*24 inches. It is important to note that certain items are not counted against this “one bag, one personal item” policy of carry-on baggage by the airline. These items are: child restraint devices, assistive devices for the disability friendly, outer garments, walking canes and food in disposable packing for in-flight consumption.

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