|By john merriner (BonaireTalker - Post #66) on Friday, June 22, 2007 - 6:06 pm:|
Thanks to this board and its participants I discovered that DAE has a weight restriction of 20kgs(44lbs) checked baggage and 10kg(22lbs) carry-on. Imagine my surprise to show up in Curacao via AJ with my two checked bags with 45kgs(100lbs) of diving gear, cloths and food stuff.
|By Patrick T. with two trips in sight!! (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1944) on Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 10:15 am:|
John guess how i felt on my return from bonaire when they put that in play!
|By DIVER DEBBI (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #514) on Sunday, June 24, 2007 - 10:58 pm:|
John..we too had to deal with the weight restriction this year..I love my 2lb tank weight, so that went into purse , along with my reg..and anything else heavy...they weighed my backpack /carry-on and rolling duffle with dive gear, but not my purse..I know guys don't carry purses, but a shoulder bag or backpack over your shoulder to fit under the seat will not get weighed...especially if you don't make a big deal of it and allusion that it is light ? we really reduced the amt of food ..we used to bring more, and less clothes..remember to check how much your suitcase weighs empty...some are really 5-6 lbs! rolling duffle is lighter..good luck and safe diving
|By Pauline Word (BonaireTalker - Post #27) on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 9:00 am:|
As someone who spent many many years traveling in small planes with my pilot father I can assure you that the weight restrictions are there for one reason -- to help ensure your safety. The pilot has to know exactly how much weight is on board to make it a safe flight. There's no room for error.
|By DIVER DEBBI (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #515) on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 11:17 pm:|
|By Dr. Director (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #389) on Friday, June 29, 2007 - 4:10 pm:|
|By john merriner (BonaireTalker - Post #67) on Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 3:34 pm:|
I do agree with "not fudging" the weight and I fully plan on keeping the weight under the limit imposed for safety and monetary concerns; in that order.
|By Dr. Director (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #391) on Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 4:58 pm:|
Beyond the safety issues, as long as the gross weight of the airplane (empty aircraft plus passengers plus luggage plus fuel) doesn't exceed the maximum allowable gross takeoff weight for the aircraft and takeoff conditions, the weight of an aircraft does affect its fuel efficiency. To fly at the same speed and altitude in a heavier aircraft consumes more fuel. (I won't go into a tutorial on aircraft lift and drag here.) By charging extra for overweight luggage, the airline is just trying to recover some of (or perhaps a lot more than) its extra costs. (I won't attempt to address why they don't charge all passengers based on their actual body weight plus the weight of everything they are bringing with them.)
|By DIVER DEBBI (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #516) on Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 11:05 pm:|
jeesh!..it was just my 2 lb weight and reg I was talking about ..not a bag of concrete..plus I weigh less than my husband..and he took on less weight than me..i figure it must all average out...good luck with keeping your baggage within the restrictions is all I am saying..and safe diving
|By Cecil (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #5714) on Monday, July 2, 2007 - 7:37 am:|
You know I don't remember how much I paid. I do remember the hassle of waiting in line to pay it.
|By Pauline Word (BonaireTalker - Post #28) on Monday, July 2, 2007 - 8:55 am:|
Dr. Director, of course it depends a lot on the weight of the passengers. If a 300 pound man shows up to get on board they've got a real problem.
|By Dr. Director (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #393) on Monday, July 2, 2007 - 4:06 pm:|
Debbi - I wasn't attacking you (and I apologize if it gave any appearance that I might be). I too have carried extra weight on the DAE flights, and quite a bit more than a few pounds, considering I had my computer bag quite stuffed. However, I feel I weigh a lot less than most other males on the airplane so didn't worry. I also figure that DAE does not carry anywhere near a full load of fuel so they can haul quite a bit of extra baggage that most divers carry. There is a big difference in the fuel load DAE has to carry for its <30 minute flights vs. American Eagle, because in part, the 2+ hour flight from San Juan is probably pretty close to the range limit on AE's ATR-72. Also I would suspect that almost all of the AE passengers are divers and carrying a lot of weight vs. a considerable number of non-diver passengers on DAE's flights between Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.
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