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Old Nov 6, 17, 4:36 pm
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LATAM carry-on enforcement

I've been completely and utterly daft and booked a LATAM flight from MIA to SCL connecting from a BA flight. I forgot that carry-on entitlements are not covered within IATA rules.

So while I will not be carrying over-the-top number of bags, I have a sinking feeling that the combined weight of my 2 pieces of carry-on bags will exceed the 8kgs allowed. I was planning a wheelie and a squishable rucksack to avoid checking in bags due to a rather short connection at SCL.

How likely will one of my bags be taken off me at MIA? Any tips on how best to avoid it? If it helps, I'm travelling J as BA Gold (but keen to avoid a "DYKWIA" moment)

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Old Nov 6, 17, 4:45 pm
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Originally Posted by jdtravels View Post
I've been completely and utterly daft and booked a LATAM flight from MIA to SCL connecting from a BA flight. I forgot that carry-on entitlements are not covered within IATA rules.

So while I will not be carrying over-the-top number of bags, I have a sinking feeling that the combined weight of my 2 pieces of carry-on bags will exceed the 8kgs allowed. I was planning a wheelie and a squishable rucksack to avoid checking in bags due to a rather short connection at SCL.

How likely will one of my bags be taken off me at MIA? Any tips on how best to avoid it? If it helps, I'm travelling J as BA Gold (but keen to avoid a "DYKWIA" moment)

Thanks...
You say you are flying J on LATAM? Then why sweat it?
Business allows a 16Kg (35lbs) carry-on.

I am not sure what good makes to you to learn about anecdotal evidence of weighing carry-ons at MIA or not. The rules are the rules.
I have never experienced carry on weighing in the US
BUT, if they are checking carry-ons at the gate, be 100% sure that they will make you check it if above weight limit. Arguing or pulling out your BA or Costco gold card won't help at all.

Tips: Don't hang out by the gate, check-in online, avoid agents.
Plan B: be ready to check your carry-on if it exceeds the allowed weight and have a second one where you can transfer your must-have in cabin items to. Not the end of the world.

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Old Nov 6, 17, 5:49 pm
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The LA sizers also have scales built into them. My experience (none in MIA) has been that if the bag looks too big it is going in the sizer/scale. Also, some check-in agents will weigh your cabin baggage at check in.

I haven't recently seen any enforcement in the boarding area of the J cabin during J boarding.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 2:27 pm
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Originally Posted by jdtravels View Post
I've been completely and utterly daft and booked a LATAM flight from MIA to SCL connecting from a BA flight. I forgot that carry-on entitlements are not covered within IATA rules.

So while I will not be carrying over-the-top number of bags, I have a sinking feeling that the combined weight of my 2 pieces of carry-on bags will exceed the 8kgs allowed. I was planning a wheelie and a squishable rucksack to avoid checking in bags due to a rather short connection at SCL.

How likely will one of my bags be taken off me at MIA? Any tips on how best to avoid it? If it helps, I'm travelling J as BA Gold (but keen to avoid a "DYKWIA" moment)

Thanks...
Is there any of the heavy stuff that's small enough to fit in a traveler "vest" that's designed for such situations (with zillions of pockets)? While such a "vest" won't help at security, it could help at any weighing stations at the airport (which will be someplace other than security). For example, a photographer might put some small but heavy lenses in a "photo vest" everywhere but at security (and once on the plane).
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Old Sep 13, 18, 8:34 pm
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Any recent experience with LATAM's carry-on weight restrictions in Chile? I have some cheapo domestic flights booked and will be travelling with "USA-complaint" carry-on luggage (a rollerboard and maybe a small backpack). The problem would be the 8 kg weight restriction. When I was flying last year in Chile (I think it was Sky) people were bringing everything except the kitchen sink on board and the staff couldn't care less. I'm guessing LATAM wouldn't be too strict, either? I do know not to sit in the gate area with carry-on in SCL because the LATAM staff likes to dragoon customers into checking their bags, so I guess my only risk would be during the boarding process. What happens cost-wise if they say I'm "over-weight"?
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Any recent experience with LATAM's carry-on weight restrictions in Chile? I have some cheapo domestic flights booked and will be travelling with "USA-complaint" carry-on luggage (a rollerboard and maybe a small backpack). The problem would be the 8 kg weight restriction. When I was flying last year in Chile (I think it was Sky) people were bringing everything except the kitchen sink on board and the staff couldn't care less. I'm guessing LATAM wouldn't be too strict, either? I do know not to sit in the gate area with carry-on in SCL because the LATAM staff likes to dragoon customers into checking their bags, so I guess my only risk would be during the boarding process. What happens cost-wise if they say I'm "over-weight"?
Regardless of anecdotal recent experience of the contrary, there is always a risk they will weigh your bag.
A 22" carry-on is always a prime suspect of being above 8kg.
Worst case scenario, they will weigh your bag as you stand in line to board and they will make you check it.
If they make you pay for it because your fare does not include a checked bag; it seems it is 11,000 CLP ($15) per bag for domestic Chile flights.
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Old Sep 14, 18, 1:16 pm
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Regardless of anecdotal recent experience of the contrary, there is always a risk they will weigh your bag.
A 22" carry-on is always a prime suspect of being above 8kg.
Worst case scenario, they will weigh your bag as you stand in line to board and they will make you check it.
If they make you pay for it because your fare does not include a checked bag; it seems it is 11,000 CLP ($15) per bag for domestic Chile flights.
Good, if it's only $15, we can take our chances.
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Old Sep 18, 18, 9:24 am
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The updated LATAM app has a bag size estimator, using your phone camera. I've not yet tried. And, of course, the intestinal regularity or lack thereof of your gate agent will be the ultimate arbiter of your bag, notwithstanding any app update.
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