Bags that clip together: 1 or 2 bags

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Old Feb 13, 18, 1:23 pm
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Bags that clip together: 1 or 2 bags

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A fried was asked at the checking desk to separate the interlinked bags in her ski bag and pay for the bags as individual bags.

She has this https://www.snokart.com/collections/...roducts/kart-6

I'm posting in case anyone knows if this is correct and whether there are specific terms that allow or disallow it. It would save her having the same thing happening in 6 weeks time.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 2:01 pm
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well from the pictures you posted it appears to have been made up of 3 separate bags attached by straps rather than zipped together.

On that basis anyone could strap two bags together and say it's only one bag
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Sounds rather mean . I'd probably put cling film around to look like a security wrap and hide the joins .
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Old Feb 13, 18, 2:07 pm
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If zipped together it's usually treated as one item.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 2:12 pm
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I second the cling wrap idea. Flew with a friend to Kingston last year and he cling foil wrapped a car boot shelf to a duffle bag. No issues with that at check-in, was treated as one piece .

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Did you answer your own question in your thread title?

’bags’
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Old Feb 13, 18, 2:37 pm
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Originally Posted by BerksFlyer View Post
Did you answer your own question in your thread title?

’bags’
Probably. She is in the BAEC but not sure of status and has flown with this bag on BA 5x in the past. It was just the Checkin at VCE that was giving her hastle.
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I think the VCE checkin staff were making up their own ideas in this case. I'm sure some airlines who will ship skis for free and don't want people taking advantage of this for extra other luggage would like the view expressed by the VIE staff in this case. However, specifically for skis, the BA website says:

  • Your skis/snowboard and boots can be packed in the same checked baggage with your clothes as long as it doesn't exceed the maximum dimensions of 190 x 75 x 65cm (75 x 29.5 x 25.5in) and weighs no more than your weight allowance. If the weight is exceeded, you’ll be charged extra at the airport.
So you can cram as much as you like into your ski bag as long as you don't blow the above size limit or your weight limit (23kg for peons, 32kg for Club Europe or Silver or higher status).

In future, she'll be wanting to pull out this web page: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...al-instruments (section "Ski and snowboarding equipment").

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I think the VIE checkin staff were making up their own ideas in this case. I'm sure some airlines who will ship skis for free and don't want people taking advantage of this for extra other luggage would like the view expressed by the VIE staff in this case.
OP says VCE <refrains from making waterski joke>
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OP says VCE <refrains from making waterski joke>
Ah, I've corrected that now. Fortunately my point still stands.
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Old Feb 14, 18, 3:20 pm
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Ah, I've corrected that now. Fortunately my point still stands.
No you are right. If you go skiing in the dolomites the landing at VCE then up to Cortina then over to the sella ronda is heaven. I'm going that way next week. Whitedot preachers, Salomon X race and Kastle FX95HP ready to rip :-)

The real problem is the clip on bags with snokart. they call that one bag "subject to airline rules" in small print. But VCE call it three bags clipped together.
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The real problem is the clip on bags with snokart. they call that one bag "subject to airline rules" in small print. But VCE call it three bags clipped together.
The website states " snow sport bag comprising of 3 individual bags " - seems valid for it to be treated as 3 individual bags

Seems little difference to using cable ties to connect 2 suitcases together and then trying to argue it as being 1 suitcase
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Old Feb 14, 18, 4:22 pm
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The website states " snow sport bag comprising of 3 individual bags " - seems valid for it to be treated as 3 individual bags

Seems little difference to using cable ties to connect 2 suitcases together and then trying to argue it as being 1 suitcase
They say on their website.
subject to airline restrictions you have the choice of checking in one (all combined) bag or a wheelie bag and separate ski/board bag.

This can help minimise airliner surcharges.
So it seems they are indicating that putting them together = 1 bag. Now Im not that impressed with "Maybee etc" so I take it with a pinch of salt. But others may.
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Old Feb 14, 18, 4:53 pm
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So it seems they are indicating that putting them together = 1 bag. Now Im not that impressed with "Maybee etc" so I take it with a pinch of salt. But others may.
It only indicates that it may be possible to check it in as either

(a) a single item if the airline chooses to allow it or
(b) multiple items
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Airlines usually treat the sort of bag that has a zip off daypack as one piece of baggage. So it is in line with this to treat this ski bag with zip off other bags as one piece of baggage also.

On several previous occasions BA has treated this as one bag.

In addition, BA specifically allow other items packed with the ski bag, as I pointed out.

The VCE check in assistant was contrary to the spirit of the BA baggage rules, contrary to repeated other BA staff practice and contrary to how they treat other bags with detachable parts or even disparate items wrapped up together (items plastic-wrapped together).

I don't consider your (frequently dispensed) contrarian Devil's Advocacy is realistic or helpful here.
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