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Restrictions on baggage removed from Malaysia Airlines flights

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January 7
4:06 AM 2016

The limitation on baggage was implemented on Tuesday for Amsterdam and Paris flights carried by Boeing 777.  Economy passengers are only allowed to hand-carry luggage of up to 7 kilograms while business-class customers are allowed up to 14 kilograms.

As ABC News reported, the implementation reels from the loss of two planes.  This includes the flight MH370 that went missing since March 2014 while taking its flight to China. Many believed that the said flight plunged in the Indian Ocean.

On Wednesday, the said airlines temporary lifted the temporary ban on checked-in baggage. All flights from Kuala Lumpur to London, Paris and Amsterdam will again fly normal route, according to Channel News Asia.

"Normal baggage allowance has also been restored. Passengers are able to check in two pieces of luggage of up to 30kg for Economy Class, 40kg for Business Class and 50kg for First Class," the company added.

Because of the restrictions, many passengers are disappointed making them posts angry comments on the airline's Facebook account. It states that Malaysia Airlines is the only airlines that impose such ban. Some said that instead of rejecting the freight, it should have put a limit on the volume of passengers. Other upset customers asked for ticket refund, based on the report of news.com.au.

"The longer flight path consumes more jet fuel and for safety reasons Malaysia Airlines has had to impose temporary limitations on checked in baggage allowance," it said, referring to the routes to Europe it was flying for safety reasons. 

Last year, Christoph Mueller was the first foreign CEO appointed by Malaysia Airlines.  He was the former head of Ireland's Aer Lingus and was expected to help in the major restructuring.  He informed that the airline will break even by 2018 after laying-off 6,000 staff, selling off its surplus aircraft and repairing and improving its international fleet.

The restrictions enraged passengers, however, as per safety rule these were implemented. Passengers were allowed only specific weight for their baggage and luggage to carry. 

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