Divers win BA baggage concession British Airways passengers are now allowed to check in an extra item of sports equipment in addition to their free baggage allowance, providing it weighs no more than 23kg and is within size guidelines - and the good news is that 'sports equipment' includes all diving gear.
This means that divers in effect have a 46kg baggage allowance, though from 30 September this will have to be checked-in in no more than two bags if you are travelling economy class.
Less welcome for divers on flights to the USA, the Caribbean, Brazil, Bermuda, Central America, Mexico and Nigeria is that from 30 September the maximum weight allowance of each of the two checked-in bags will be reduced from 32kg to 23kg.
At this time passengers taking excess baggage will be subject to a new set of charges.
At present rates vary according to weight, route and class of travel, but BA is to replace this system with three flat rates for additional bags: ?30 per extra bag on domestic flights, ?60 on European flights and ?120 on long-haul flights.
Customers will get a 30% discount on these rates if they pre-pay online.
The changes to the charging system are thought to have been introduced by the airline to cover costs of its move to Terminal 5 when it opens in 2008.
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