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New baggage policies for flyers

British Airways and franchise partner BMED, who operates flights between Almaty and London are to make changes to its baggage policies.
The new guidelines are introduced to bring them in line with recommendations by the UK Department for Transport and requirements by Heathrow airport's operator, BAA.
The new baggage policies see changes to hand, checked and excess baggage allowances and were phased in from July 5, 2006.
Doug Ledingham BMED's Director of Airports and Customer Services said: "These new baggage policies are introduced to simplify the system for our customers and reduce queuing time at airports."
Customers travelling with the airline after July 5 are advised to visit www.ba.com/baggagepolicy or check the new baggage allowances with their travel agent before departing.
The changes Hand baggage
From July, customers who fly with British Airways or their franchise partner BMED, are able to carry on one bag and a briefcase, laptop computer bag or equivalent.
Gauges are introduced at every airport and hand baggage must fit into the gauge in order to be accepted. Oversize items need to be checked into the hold as luggage.
Any carry on bag can no longer be larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and flyers must be able to lift their bag, unaided, into the overhead lockers. Briefcases and laptop bags must be able to be stored safely underneath their seat.
Checked baggage
Changes to the airline's free checked-in baggage allowances start on October 11 and vary according to travel class. Customers travelling in the World Traveller cabin will be able to check-in one bag weighing up to 23kg. Club World customers will be able to check-in two bags each weighing up to 23kg. The new Club World allowance represents a 16kg increase in the baggage allowance for Club World customers. The maximum weight for any single bag is 23kg to comply with health and safety recommendations.
In addition to the baggage allowance, all British Airways customers can check-in one piece of sporting equipment, such as golf clubs or skis, free of charge.
Customers travelling with infants will benefit from a substantial increase in their checked-in baggage allowance from October 11. The free entitlement for infants will be one bag weighing up to 23kg plus a collapsible pushchair or buggy. In addition a parent will be allowed to carry a standard-sized bag onto the aircraft for their infant when flying as well as their own allowance.
Excess baggage
Excess baggage charges will also be standardised from 11 October. A fixed fee (dependent on the journey length) will be charged for each bag in excess of the free checked baggage allowance.
As an industry first, the airline is offering its' customers the opportunity to pre-pay for their excess baggage on-line before arriving at the departure airport. Those taking advantage of the new scheme will benefit from a 20 per cent discount.
Customers can pay on-line at www.ba.com/managemybookin g. The service is available from July 12, 2006 for customers travelling on or after October 11, 2006.



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