Temporary luggage ban in Malaysia Airlines confuses travellers in European routes

Published on : Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Malaysia AirlinesMalaysia Airlines announced this week that it would temporarily ban checking luggage from flights on January 5 and 6 due to “unreasonably strong headwinds” limiting the airlines’ ability to safely carry baggage in cargo.


Passengers who went to check their luggage were told that their luggage would be shipped later to them on another flight. But this morning the airline updated its travel advisory saying checked-in baggage would again be allowed on all flights as per the normal allowance.


“The headwinds over the last four days were in excess of 200 knots, which can add up to 15% fuel burn on a B777-200 aircraft,” said the airline in a statement.


“Based on its current risk assessment, done on a daily basis, the airline is now able to take a shorter route on European flights.”


The airline has said that strong headwinds cause flights to burn more fuel than normal and by lightening the load the burn would be reduced.


Experts however are skeptical about this argument that the airline has placed. They agree that such measures would reduce the passenger load overall but then the airline will have to reduce the revenue as well which it makes from a particular flight. Besides this problem occurs for only a few days and no other airline flying in the similar route has taken these measures.

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