April 16, 2012 3:27 pm at 3:27 pm #602940ftgirlMember
Does anyone know if JFK for flights on Swiss air is makpid about being overweight?April 16, 2012 5:13 pm at 5:13 pm #870457
Swiss Air went out of business 10 years ago.April 16, 2012 6:10 pm at 6:10 pm #870458apushatayidParticipant
They are not allowed to discriminate based on weight. They might try to encourage you to purchase a low fat, low calorie meal, but they can not be makpid if you choose the high in saturated fat, 17g of fat per serving meal.April 16, 2012 6:27 pm at 6:27 pm #870459AinOhdMilvadoParticipant
Nowadays EVERY airline is makpid on your luggage weight.
Be smart. Weigh your luggage at home so you know where you’re holding and wont get any expensive surprises at the airport.
Usually they are NOT makpid on carry-on bags, so you should try to put smaller but heavy items (like shoes or boots or books) in your carry-on.April 17, 2012 1:45 pm at 1:45 pm #870460
5 years ago I travelled with El Al and I had 6 kg over – I had 26 kg where 20 is allowed (flights inside Europe and from Europe to Israel allow only 20 kg, unlike flights to the US which are usually double that).
I was so scared I would get a huge ‘fine’ for this (it could have been +1000 NIS easily)… Then I got to check-in, got boarding pass, handed over luggage, and … “have a nice flight”?! I just walked off when I thought, “huh?! wasn’t I supposed to pay for that?!” – so I actually walked back and asked about it. I was told it was ok!
+1 for El Al.April 17, 2012 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm #870461far eastMember
dash- well if they went out of business their back now i took them a few years ago…highly recommendedApril 17, 2012 9:40 pm at 9:40 pm #870462
@far east – no, that’s a new company, called Swiss.
There used to be Swissair. Swissair is gone.
Then someone bought the remains of the bankrupt company and re-launched it under the name Swiss.
So dash was right. (Though I think it was less than 10 years ago, maybe 7 years ago – look it up on Wikipedia if you want.)April 17, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm #870463
This is what the swissair dot com website says:
SWISS ab 2002April 18, 2012 8:14 am at 8:14 am #870464Think firstMember
Was in JFK tonite sending someone off to ey their luggage was overweight by some ten pounds and the el al woman said “I’m letting you go this time” that was nice I thought.April 24, 2012 8:48 pm at 8:48 pm #870465far eastMember
TCG- thanx for the info. im assuming ft girl was talking about swiss then and not swiss air lolApril 25, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm #870466Shticky GuyParticipantApril 25, 2012 2:42 pm at 2:42 pm #870467akupermaParticipant
Airports don’t have baggage policies. Airlines do. The only thing the airport management worries about is smuggling a weapon, and teh federal government has largely taken away any discretion in that area.April 25, 2012 2:46 pm at 2:46 pm #870468takahmamashParticipant
FYI – JFK does not have a baggage policy. The individual airlines have baggage policies.April 25, 2012 3:07 pm at 3:07 pm #870469Yoin from BPMember
One thing I’ve got to say about CR posters; even if they are sometimes rude, ill-informed and cannot spell English correctly; at least they have a GREAT sense of humor!April 25, 2012 3:31 pm at 3:31 pm #870471
@dash – thus, swissair.com confirms my story, right? I assume you read German, or you translated it on Google Translate?
It says that Swissair ceased to exist in 2002 and Swiss replaced it but has no relation with it.April 25, 2012 8:27 pm at 8:27 pm #870472
I don’t read German but I thought that you did. The page is availible im multiple languages and I just copied the German one. For everyone else here’s the english version:
SWISS from 2002 onwardsApril 26, 2012 4:30 am at 4:30 am #870473Yoin from BPMember
“Swiss International Air Lines has no connection to the former company, Swissair”.
Isn’t that a bit like saying ‘I am not related to my former Mother’?
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