What Are the Baggage Rules for International Travel?


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International flight rules typically always allow carry-on luggage, but each airline has its own rules when it comes to specifications of the sizing. Most airlines allow two checked bags weighing between 50 and 70 lbs. apart from the carry on. Most sharp objects or any item that could be mistaken or used as a weapon are not allowed in carry-on luggage, except for blades no longer than 4 inches on certain airlines.

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International carry-on baggage policies do not allow for bag weights for carry-on items to be less than 11 lbs., but no more than around 70 lbs. while domestic flights rarely have a weight limit. The size limit associated with a bag also often depends on the specific flight line and the room available on the plane, or the class of the seat. Airlines can change their policy between flights and at the last moment for safety issues or rooming problems. For this reason, it is much easier to plan a smaller bag for international flights than the one typically used for domestic flights. It is always best to check with the specific airline being used for a list of restricted items and size restraints on luggage so no issues arise.

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