Have you ever arrived at the airport to discover your luggage is over the baggage weight limit? Even though you double-checked to make sure it was under the limit when you left home? We could blame a change in gravity if we were traveling through space but it’s all the same as long as we are on Earth. How does our luggage miraculously gain or lose weight without us changing a thing?
Many of us are now in the habit of weighing our luggage either with a bathroom scale or a luggage scale before we leave home, which makes it so befalling when our scales don’t match the airlines. One of the reasons this happens is airline scales are usually only checked annually. Airfarewatchdog.com’s George Hobica wrote in this Huffington Post article “Most local jurisdictions have a bureau of weights and measures responsible for checking the scales at least annually, but a lot can happen between checks”. CBS News reported last year about the inaccuracies of some of the airline scales, which have cost customers up to $100 in overweight fees.
Thankfully we have a few tips to help you pack like a pro and keep that money in your pocket instead of the hands of the airlines.
Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale
*Article revised March 6, 2017