Recently, I was booked on a flight on EasyJet between two European capitals. I had a ticket allowing me for one bag of max 20 kg. However, when my bag was weighted at the check-in counter, it weighted 21.9 kg but (to my surprise) the machine at the counter accept it.

So my question: is there a "tolerated" amount of weight exceed (for example max + 1kg above the upper limit) for the machines in Gatwick Easyjet North Terminal ?

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    Obviously there is, but they arent going to advertise what it is, now are they? :) And any figure the is posted by other people is liable to change with no notice, as EasyJet only have an obligation up to the stated allowance on the ticket.
    – user29788
    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:45
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    I don't think this question is answerable. As @Moo says, no EasyJet employee is going to admit that the allowance is really 22kg, and anybody else would just be guessing. Apr 14, 2017 at 11:00
  • Voting to leave open, this is well answerable. E.g. I asked Ryanair staff at HHN who were happy to tell me that .9kg above the limit was fine before I proceeded to re-pack my 5kg of overweight.
    – mts
    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:23
  • If there was an official 'tolerance' above the maximum limit, that would be the maximum limit. If it was not an official 'tolerance' then you might find that on your particular flight they decided to apply the limit strictly. So this isn't going to have an accurate answer. Apr 14, 2017 at 11:40
  • Perfectly good question. Just because it can change in the future doesn't mean it's not useful now.
    – JonathanReez
    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:52

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From my personal experience, up to 1kg (Europe) over the officially stated limit was always acceptable. This included a wide range of airlines, both mainstream and nickel-and-dime ones like RyanAir, WizzAir and AirAsia. No experience with Spirit though.

Up to 2kg was sometimes acceptable depending on unknown factors such as the mood of the check in counter person, and your frequent miler status. Never experienced acceptance of over 2kg in person check-in, however the machines itself might be programmed to higher tolerance (and possibly have damaged scales).

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