Is my case under the weight limit?

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the weigh-to-fly attached to a case

the Weigh-to-Fly attached to a case

With claims that airlines are toughening up their attitude to those of us exceeding our hold baggage weights, it is becoming imperative to know the weight of what you carry and not just estimate.

The manufacturers claim that one in five passengers are charged an average of £25 for excess baggage at the airport.  In the UK alone, passengers forked out over £1.6 billion in charges in a single year

Bunging cases on the bathroom scales isn’t the easiest as most cases blot out the image showing what cases weigh. Resorting to those scales that speak the weight is one option as is buying a case that has an inbuilt chip that tells you the weight. The problem there is that many cases are only those certified for carry-on luggage rather than for going in the hold. Another possibility is a new, soon-to-be-launched gadget called Weigh-to-Fly, an extendable luggage scale which sends real-time updates to your phone as you pack your case.  The manufacturers claim that iIt is the ideal travel companion to help you avoid excess baggage charges when you fly.

How does it work? The device has an adjustable, lightweight, telescopic frame that slides and locks to fit whichever size case you want to take.  Once the case is placed on top, the sensors in each of the corners send updates via Bluetooth to the traveller’s smartphone, allowing them to see how close they are to their weight limit as they pack.  The smartphone app contains details of every major airline’s weight restrictions so the user simply types in which airline they are flying with and then can check that all is within the limits.

Importantly, it takes account of the weight of the device (450g) and the scale’s unique “coat hanger” design means it can also serve as a clothes hanger when you get to your destination.  Also incorporated is a proximity sensor, which sends a notification to your phone if you leave your case behind or move too far away from your luggage making it a security device as well as a weighing device.

When available, the retail price of Weigh-to-Fly is expected to be £69.99.

The next thing that somebody should work on is a method of harmonising the weighing machines at different airports. At Sydney, one case of mine weighed 16.9kgs, at Heathrow it was 18.2 and at Dublin it was 21.2. I hadn’t even opened the case let alone removed anything from it. At Cardiff the same airport weighed 18.8kgs. Which – if any – was correct?

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