PETALING JAYA: Passengers on all Malaysia Airlines flights will now be limited to two pieces of baggage for check-ins and subjected to lower maximum luggage weights.
The baggage must meet weight limitations; set at 30kg in total for Economy, 40kg in total for Business and 50kg in total for First Class.
The new regulation takes effect tomorrow.
Previously, passengers could check in as many pieces of baggage they wanted as long as the total weight limitations were adhered to.
Also, the two-piece baggage restriction had in the past only applied to MAS flights departing for or arriving from North and South America.
But they had more generous weight limitations of 46kg per pair of luggage in total for Economy and Business, and 64kg per pair in total for First Class.
MAS announced the new regulations in a press statement.
It also highlighted new fines for passengers with excess baggage.
Those who exceed weight limitations on flights within the peninsula, Sabah or Sarawak will have to pay RM45 for every 5kg exceeded. It used to be RM30 for every 5kg.
For passengers flying between the peninsula and Sabah or Sarawak, a fine of RM55 per 5kg exceeded will be imposed on overweight baggage. Previously, it was RM30 per 5kg.
The fines for excess baggage on international flights now varies from RM70 per 5kg for Asean destinations to RM170 per 5kg for European destinations.
In the past, the excess baggage fine for Asean stops was RM30 per 5kg and it was RM90 per 5kg for European destinations.
According to the national carrier, the new restrictions and regulations will not apply to MAS code-share flights that use aircraft from other airlines.
The limitation for hand-carry luggage (7kg) remains unchanged, as does that for checked-in infant luggage (10kg). Also, passengers who are performing the Haj or Umrah have a special allowance of 10kg for bottles of Zam Zam water on flights from Jeddah.