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How strict is Lufthansa with weight policy?

How strict is Lufthansa with weight policy?

Old Jul 4, 23, 6:50 pm
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How strict is Lufthansa with weight policy?

Family moving to Germany from Boston in August with Jack Russell. Our dog weighs 9kg so over the 8kg limit with bag. We want to take a chance to bring him on board in a Sturdibag which meets the size requirements and fits the dog just fine. Just how strict is Lufthansa with checking the weight? If they refuse will I get the option to fly out dog as cargo instead? The wife doesn't want to fly unless the dog goes in cabin with us so in a bit of a pickle.
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Old Jul 5, 23, 1:10 am
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At outstations like BOS, you stand a greater chance of them not weighing the dog, or weighing him and letting it slide. This is highly unpredictable, and solely depends on discretion of the staff on duty. With bag and bedding, he'll be about 2kg over the limit, that's borderline.
If they do weigh him and deny transport in cabin, yes, you can check him and he flies in the hold - space available and crate requirements met (you need to have one available right then).
The only 100% safe alternative is booking your flights on ITA (via FCO). That airline allows in-cabin pets with a combined weight of 10kg.

Last edited by bhomburg; Jul 5, 23 at 6:20 am
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