How Much Carry on Luggage Weight Air Asia Allows in International Flights?

I’m taking an AirAsia flight tonight from Hanoi to Bangkok. Their website says carry on bag/luggage cannot be more than 7kg. Can someone tell me if this rule is strictly enforced? I would rather not spend extra money to check my backpack. Image for reference:

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    If you go to the counter to check in and they weigh it they enforce it. I fly all the time with them and never got stopped when I preprint my own boarding pass. If you had no choice, but to check-in, then better to hand-over the luggage to your family member, so that you don’t have to announce it at the counter.

    Or if your bag doesn’t look too big, then it is not going to be an issue. Sometimes they’re really strict, like I have seen some people luggage being weigh at the departure door and then the person has to pay on the spot. It totally depends on the luck actually. Or just ensure that your carry-on luggage is below 7 kg. Simple!

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      You mean go to the kiosk computer thing and print the boarding pass there?

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        That is a good idea. Even better is to print it in advance. Not all airports have those kiosks, not sure if Hanoi does or not. Hanoi was the only airport I ever got stopped at with overweight baggage and had to pay as much in a penalty as the ticket cost, but it was not Air Asia.

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    Do not listen to the advice about if it doesn’t look big they will not weigh it. “looks big” is very subjective and it is about the weight, not the size. Just be smart and have your boarding pass preprinted so you do not have to go near the scale.

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      When I say look big, I mean larger than the defined dimensions that they give. So not that subjective.

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        It is dependent more on the employee whether or not they chose to do their job and weigh the baggage or not. If it looks bigger than the template, they may also check the size in addition to the weight. You make it sound as if there is always no problem if the luggage is small, but it is not the case all the time.

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          Alright man, just trying to help him out and put his mind at ease since I have flown with them multiple times and never had a problem, and it seems that most people on here have had the experience. No reason to tell him not to listen to someone, just give your own advice and go on.

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            A scale is waiting for you at the boarding gate, so no sense in asking the question. They’ll weight you just at the entrance to plane, so it doesn’t matter where do you get your boarding pass

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              In my experience, I have only ever been checked at the check-in counter. That is where they generally have the scale and it is the most convenient place for them to check. I have never seen a scale at the boarding gate, but I am not saying it is not possible. My point is that it is best to have your boarding pass pre-printed because there is one less place to interact with a person that could insist on checking your baggage weight.

              It is just common sense, try to use some. even if you are right about a scale at the boarding gate, my point is still valid because you will have much less interaction with employees if you already have your boarding card.

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                At every gate, there are Air Asia employees with mobile scale. Personally, I’ve never been checked in 20 flights although I always had more than allowed. Just saying that they’re what stricter now and have this mobile scales checking you everywhere, not only at the check-in counter.

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                  aah I understand, I didn’t realize that. Good to know. Still, it is best to minimize interactions as much as possible.

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    I talked to Air Asia customer care about the carry-on luggage allowance. I had a 70L sized backpack and asked if it is allowable in the cabin if it’s still under 7 KG. My flight was to Kota Baru. They said: “We are sorry, but it is not allowed. Only small backpacks up to 30 liters are allowed to be carried on board“.

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      They never really that strict before tho. I used to bring my 60L backpack in the cabin.

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        I’ve carried my 30L onboard all the time since the day AirAsia started flying. But it’s good to know that 30L is still allowed now with the recent strict enforcement.

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          I don’t know why they said 30L. In most air companies baggage conditions they provide size and weight. I took a 45l backpack on an Air Asia flight yesterday from Bangkok. Checked in at the desk and they asked if I had check-in luggage, I said just this carry on backpack and showed them it and they were fine. It falls within dimension guidelines and was 7kg, although they never weighed it just looked at it. And then, it totally depends on luck/staffs. Some staffs are so strict about it. I took a flight once and the staff weighs the bag in front of the departure gate.

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    Last week they weighed everyone’s carry on luggage in Kuala Lumpur before emigration. I had 9kg and they did not let me in until I moved the heavier stuff into my little backpack (shoes, hairdryer, shower gel,…). When it was 7 point something they let me in.

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    I’ve flown six Air Asia flights the last month and I had a 65L Osprey backpack. never been stopped or asked to weight it mine does weigh 7-8kg though. but as long as you check in via the mobile app or kiosk, you’re more likely to get away with it.

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      Check in staff never cares about your carry on luggage. It’s not their job.

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        Wrong! your use of the word ‘never’ shows your ignorance. it is the job of check-in staff to check the weight. often they do not do it, but when and if they do, it could cost a pretty hefty amount of money to pay the penalty. I know from personal experience as well as reading these forums that check-in staff does in fact occasionally check the weight. I suspect that depending on the supervisor, some places are much more strict about it than others.

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          Why would they? They only check the weight of the checked baggage. Air Asia always has extra staff before security or at the gate to deal with the carry-on luggage and collect some extra money. Why would there be a penalty? You can always re-pack things like I did which is what most people do.

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            From my personal experience, I’ve been weighed at check-in a couple times even if it’s my carry-on. everyone’s had different experiences though.

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            They also check the weight of the carry-on baggage if they are doing their job properly. Repacking things does not change the weight. you would have to get rid of something by placing it in the trash or you could transfer it to your body as they do not weigh your body. The penalty is because jet fuel is the most expensive cost of each flight and the more weight there is the higher the cost to the airline. it is very simple.

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              I meant re-packing as in putting the heavy stuff in my little backpack. Got rid of 2 kilos. That worked.

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                Glad it worked for you, you were lucky. They are supposed to weigh all of it. The restriction is based on total carry on luggage, not just luggage in the bag of your choice. My experience is that they make me put all of it on the scale (the few times that they did anything at all that is).

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                I think every airport is slightly different.
                I always assumed it was the check-in people that would stop me for oversize luggage. Last week in Hanoi I was stopped by security before the security check, they made us weigh our luggage. I thought it was not their job!

                I was told to go back to check-in and pay for the extra weight.
                I just put more clothes on and tried again. By that time the security person had changed and the new one didn’t care.

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    They weighed mine when I left Ho Chi Minh and it was 3kg over. They told me to ‘rearrange’ my luggage… so I went around the corner and put on five layers of clothes. Sorted.

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      heh heh, good plan. I have a plan to put on multiple layers and put heavy things like camera lenses & batteries in my big coat pocket.

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        And that’s what I did in Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo – and they didn’t weigh my bag!!

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          Have been traveling like this for ages. Just wear more clothes, and put stuff in pockets
          If they see you are determined they will just let you pass. They can’t win!

          Also if you have a laptop problem there is a good solution you can try with a loose backpack and a big jacket. I am traveling with 15kg btw.

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    Flew with air Asia 4 days ago and never got stopped with my backpack. I got 7-8kg anyway but still even if it would be overweight no one would check that 🙂 flying with them again in 3 days so I will see how that goes 🙂

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    Has anyone managed to get across with a 70ltr backpack on as hand baggage??

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      I’ve done with 65 ltr. Never had an issue.

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        Did it fit in the measuring box ok? Or did you just sneak it on?

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          I’m sure it would because it has before in Europe, but I just wear it on my back and walk in and they’ve never weighed it once!

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    Wear your stuff if its overwait just in case, I always paid extra for my big bag but the small one they never checked. Try Nok Air, it’s cheaper sometimes and allows a free bag of 15kg.

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    I had almost 20kg osprey backpack and a smaller backpack on my frontside. Didn’t check them. Jetstar from Bangkok to HCMC and later AirAsia same route. No problems. I think it’s because I had a backpacker backpack and not a normal luggage which they probably check better.

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    It depends on most of the time, they don’t check unless the plane is really full and lots of bags from others. But if it looks big or heavy they will. You can always get a plastic bag and throw stuff in it if you’re over by like 2-3kgs.

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      I’ve done at least 5 air Asia trips, and my 14 kg bag went through every time-only this last time (aka today) did they make me stick to the 7kg limit – they had an air Asia woman literally stand at security checking luggage size and making us weigh it.

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    They have never weighed my hand luggage before. As a general rule it seems as though if your backpack LOOKS under 7kg they won’t weigh it, only if it looks overweight/oversize will they ask. Maybe get a smaller bag like a handbag and stuff it with heavy stuff, or wear a jacket and put heavy things in your pockets or something 🙂

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