I will have a 10 hour layover in Seoul (ICN) and I want to go out and do some shopping. Is it possible to check in a bag during my layover? I will be traveling on Korean Air.

I will only have 1 checked bag, and international flights allow 2 bags free.


The same questions showed up in TripAdvisor, and on FlyerTalk even though not with the same airport or airline. In TripAdvisor one traveler mentions he checked a new bag during a stop in Amsterdam flying by KLM and he had no problem. On FlyerTalk another traveler says he checked a new luggage during a layover in Frankfurt (doesn't mention which airline he was traveling) and had no issues too.

I couldn't find an authoritative answer from Korean Air to this question, but see no point to forbid a bag check-in during a layover and it seems to be allowed in other airlines.

Of course you should mind that checking a bag may be time-consuming so you should arrive in the terminal earlier than if you had no other luggages, but 10 hours should be enough time for the shopping and bag checking procedures.

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    You should also consider the fee you might have to pay for the extra item of luggage. – JoErNanO Jan 26 '15 at 17:58
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    OP mentions that "international flights allow 2 bags free.". It is not true for every carrier, but should be true for his ticket in Korean Airlines, I suppose. – gmauch Jan 26 '15 at 18:21

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