AirAsia passengers now allowed to store one bag in the overhead storage bin

AirAsia has announced that it is now lifting its cabin baggage restrictions that were introduced as a safety measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19. When AirAsia resumed its service, it revealed that each passenger is permitted to one hand-carry luggage and it is only allowed to be stored under the seat in front of you. The low-cost-carrier had previously blocked off storage on the overhead bins to minimise unwanted contact between you and another guest’s baggage.

Effective 7th July 2020, passengers are allowed to bring up to 2 pieces of baggage with both bags not exceeding 7kg in total. Passengers are now permitted to store one bag in the overhead compartment of the aircraft and the dimensions must not exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23 cm.

Your second item can be a backpack or a laptop bag that does not exceed 40cm x 30cm x 10cm and it must be stored under the seat in front of you. If you have a power bank, take note that it must be stored in your hand-carry luggage and it should not be kept in your checked-in bag.

Other SOP for air travel appears to remain unchanged. This includes wearing a face mask at all times during check-in, flight and baggage collection. AirAsia reserves the right to deny boarding of passengers that don’t wear a face mask.

As Malaysians are now allowed to travel interstate, some passengers were surprised that they are not allowed to bring their usual cabin luggage. Since the storage is limited to the space under the seat in front, more passengers would be required to purchase checked-in luggage if they carry anything bigger than a backpack. With the latest change, AirAsia travellers can now carry larger items on board as long as it is within the permitted weight and dimensions.

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Alexander Wong