Qantas today [Friday 8 March] revealed it would be changing its cabin baggage policy on domestic flights following feedback from frequent flyers who said they would like to have more choice in how they use the allowance.
Effective 25 March 2019, customers will continue to be able to bring 14kg on board but will have the flexibility to have one of their pieces weigh up to 10kg. Previously, the domestic cabin allowance included two bags that could each weigh up to 7kg.
Qantas offers the most generous amount of cabin baggage of any Australian airline. Most customers on short business trips and weekends away only travel with one carry-on bag plus a small personal item, so the move looks to accommodate its many passengers who wish not to check in bags.
Focusing on the amount of baggage customers bring on board helps flights to depart on time and allows everyone to have their fair share of space in the overhead compartments. Heavy bags or overhead baggage compartments that are too full can cause a safety risk for customers and crew.
Customers will continue to be responsible for lifting their carry-on baggage into the overhead compartment. The cabin baggage allowance on domestic QantasLink Dash 8 turboprop services will not change and remains at one piece weighing 7kg for those smaller aircraft.