Aviation Safety Authority has issued the following statement,
strongly encouraging that country's airlines to clamp down on
passengers who insist on taking the kitchen sink with them in their
carry-on luggage -- which, let's face it, is a not-so-little
problem on American airlines, as well.
Airlines are being reminded to take a strong stand against
passengers who try to take excessive carry-on baggage on to
The limits set for bags taken onboard by passengers are legally
enforceable and airlines have the right to refuse to carry people
who will not comply with baggage restrictions.
Different carry-on baggage limits apply to each type of
aircraft, so passengers must follow the instructions they are given
by their airline.
The importance of making
sure passengers follow carry-on baggage limits is highlighted in
this month's Flight Safety Australia magazine. Flight Safety
Australia magazine is the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's
flagship publication and is circulated to 90,000 people in the
The Flight Safety Australia story warns some passengers will
become aggressive when told they can not take everything they are
"Cabin crew are legally required to enforce the operator's
carry-on baggage limits," the magazine says.
"This is far more effective if the oversized or overweight
baggage is caught early.
"Preferably the offending baggage should be stopped and put into
the hold at check-in -- or at least at the aerobridge."
Airline staff are told they have the legal right to stand up to
objections from passengers who try to take too much baggage
"If the situation is not resolved, refer the matter to the
pilot-in-command, who has the power to issue a legal direction.
"The size and weight of carry-on baggage is limited in the
interests of safety.
"That's because if a flight encounters turbulence -- or has an
accident -- serious damage can result from cabin baggage hurling
through the cabin."