Aviation: Baggage

Transport written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Fiona Mactaggart Fiona Mactaggart Labour, Slough

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what response he has made to the Health and Safety Executive's recommendation of a 23kg maximum weight for an item of checked baggage.

Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The recommendation for a 23 kilo bag weight limit is from International Air Transport Association (IATA) and is supported by HSE as one aspect of industry risk reduction measures. Weight is only one factor in manual handling risk and HSE has worked with the industry and IATA to introduce, first, a recommended 32 kilo bag weight limit, then, in 2009, a recommended 23 kilo limit.

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