Now that we’re allowed to go for domestic travels, many people are excited and can’t wait to book their flights for a Cuti-Cuti Malaysia vacation. But if you’re planning to travel on AirAsia then make sure that you have purchased enough baggage allowance before boarding or you may have to pay a hefty fee on the spot.
That’s because the airline has recently revised its cabin baggage policy in order to facilitate social distancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Previously, passengers could take one cabin-sized baggage and one handbag or backpack on the flight but now, you can only take one item on board.
That’s right, you can only choose whether you want to bring either a handbag or backpack or small bag instead. The weight of the cabin baggage remains the same, at seven kilogrammes per passenger and will be strictly enforced.
This new policy has been updated on their website and they said that this is a temporary revision of their policy. AirAsia said that this baggage policy is to ensure social distancing among passengers and to minimise contact with overhead compartment and surfaces onboard. They added that they also wanted to minimise contact between a guest and another guest’s baggage, as this would recur more often if a guest carries more than one hand-carry baggage.
The new requirements for cabin baggage are:
- ONLY 1 piece of cabin baggage which can be either one (1) laptop bag or one (1) handbag or one (1) small bag
- MUST NOT exceed the dimensions of 40cm (H) X 30cm (W) X 10cm (L)
- MUST FIT under the seat in front of you
- MUST NOT weigh more than 7kg
However, if your cabin baggage cannot fit under the seat in front of you but weighs less than 7kg, AirAsia will give you complimentary check-in. If the cabin baggage is more than 7kg, then you will be charged for each extra kg of weight.
And if you want to spend all your foreign currency at the airport or take advantage of the duty free shops there, do note that all items purchased at the airport will form part of your cabin baggage allowance as well. However, for duty-free items packed in a Security Tamper-Evident Bag (STEB) which is sealed (until your final destination) and accompanied with proof of purchase, is exempted from your cabin baggage allowance provided it is within the duty-free allowance of your destination country.
Due to the pandemic, guests are required to bring and wear their own face masks at all times which include s before, during and after their flight, as well as during check-ins and bag collection or you will not be allowed to board the flight.
Featured image taken from Pinterest and Economy Traveller.