Flight attendant luggage for most airlines will be issued to you during ground school. If not, it will at least be governed with certain company stipulations (as per my last two airlines that I have worked for). Obviously if it is issued, you don’t have much or any option with your ‘choice’ of luggage. If it is governed you will likely have more options, however you will still be limited by size and very probably colour as per your uniform standards.
It should be remembered that the size limitation for both cabin and cargo luggage is an airline requirement and it refers to both size dimensions and weight maximums. Size and weight limitations vary for domestic and international flight operations and even between different airlines.
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Recognising this variability I can only be general here, however the most common maximum carry-on luggage dimension limits outlined by most major airlines is 22” x 14”x 9” – This is referred to as a 22” bag by luggage makers .
As stated above, the weight restriction which also applies to flight attendants, particularly if you supernumerary with ‘other’ airlines, varies greatly from airline to airline also and can range from 5kg/11lbs through to 15kg/33lbs.
Supernumerary means to position or pax (normally in uniform) to another port to crew a flight either on your airline or another.
If you are not issued with flight attendant luggage, which is fast becoming the norm for airline operators, then you’ll need to purchase your own as per your employing airline recommendations. This is normally limited to colour and size, so therefore style, type and brand is completely your choice.
My personal luggage tips
Flight attendant luggage – Cabin carry-on, always get a bag with an extendable handle and wheels and preferably four wheels that enables the bag to be pushed, pulled and manoeuvred in any direction.
Size wise, I would recommend the biggest allowable. It should have several zippered and lockable compartments because you should always lock your bag and you will always need access to incidental items during your tour of duty.
This might be things like passport, wallet, ID, high visibility vest, make up, sunglasses etc. It therefore is very convenient to be able to pack these items in zippered compartments separate from things like smelly runners and even your dirty underwear!
Flight attendant luggage - cargo
Again while you want BIG flight attendant luggage, be mindful that you don’t want MASSIVE flight attendant luggage. Remember you will for the most time be having to lug this case around, through the airport, to the pick-up bus or limo, to hotel reception, up lifts and in your room etc.
Again, you don’t want to pack too much weight so go for the size that will comfortably close with all your normal stuff required for say a 5 or 6 day trip and that will adequately cover you for most flying.
This luggage should also have a sturdy extendable pull handle with preferably 4 wheels that enables the bag to be pushed, pulled and manoeuvred in any direction. Preferably from my perspective and knowing that the bag will be handled by the ‘Handle with Care’ department, (sic) - the case should have a hard outer or at least avoid a material type fabric. Some of the new ultra light hard shell but flexible materials available now really are a great option for flight attendant luggage.
Personal Baggage for Flight Attendants
Obviously overnight accessories such as hand bags, wallets, tote’s etc are a personal choice and are not classed as flight attendant luggage and obviously no company or airline places restrictions on this.
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Airlines have different baggage policies depending on the area of travel and the ticket class. Because airlines are always under pressure to be profitable in an extremely competitive market with consideration of rising costs of fuel, labor, and security measures, there is great emphasis on a user pays system.
One method used by airlines to minimize their operating expenses is to charge fees for checked luggage. Changes to luggage limits are quickly changing to offset expenses by generating their own income stream.
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