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I fly on Lufthansa occasionally, mainly between Philadelphia and Frankfurt. I only have a carry on and I know they have a weight limit. The thing is while they do sometimes check the weight of the bag if I go to the counter to check in they will also sometimes check the weight at the gate, right before the flight boards, so you can't go back through security and put anything too heavy from your bag in your car. I was wondering if there is a website or anything that had an extensive list of all the airlines and their tendencies to try to screw over passengers like this. Like is there a website somewhere that says Lufthansa does this occasionally, some other airline does it all the time and is basically their standard practice, and some third airline maybe has no reported instances of this?

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  • Another situation in which it's different is for travellers to buy things in shops after security. – gerrit Aug 23 at 7:31
  • With families and groups, it is common to leave cabin baggage outside site of check-in staff, or appearing with more items. @gerrit: shops after checking often have additional allowance (and some people have airport shop bags for such reasons). – Giacomo Catenazzi Aug 23 at 12:41
  • @GiacomoCatenazzi By "outside site" you mean "out of sight"? I had to read your comment a couple of times to get your meaning and am still not sure (why only families and groups?). I haven't heard of extra allowance for shops but then again I fly rarely and have never bought more than a magazine or food in airport shops. – gerrit Aug 23 at 12:43
  • @gerrit: yes, "out of sight". Sorry for my English, I should recheck what I write. Family and groups: 1- an other member of group could take care of hand baggages. 2- families moves (children), and it is difficult to take care of baggages (and desk hides a lot). Shops: airfrance.us/US/en/common/guidevoyageur/pratique/… (I was thinking that it was also on Lufthansa, but it seems I'm wrong). [Note: flag airlines have less strict rules] – Giacomo Catenazzi Aug 23 at 13:00
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    “Screw over passengers” is probably a bit strong here. It’s not like they don’t tell you in advance, and nothing prevents you from weighing your bag yourself to make sure you are within limits. Consider that anytime you fly with more than the allowed weight and they don’t notice it’s just a bonus, and if you feel their allowance is too small, either pay more for a different class of travel which allows more or take your money elsewhere... – jcaron Aug 23 at 13:00
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I do not know of any web-sites with that information. In Australia Jetstar is notorious for using a portable set of scales on a trolley at the gate lounge. It is random, not at every gate lounge and not at every airport but I have seen it in operation several times at Gold Coast and Melbourne. If your carry-on, including any handbags or computer bags, exceeds 7kg you will be charged a high price. I learned the hard way the first time. I was less than 2kg over: $50.00.

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