New BA baggage rules "unfair to elderly"
Thursday February 8, 12:44 PM

LONDON (Reuters) - British Airways (BA) introduces new baggage charges next week which have been criticised by Help the Aged charity which says they will hit older customers.

From Tuesday, passengers face paying up to 240 pounds if they want to check in more than one bag on a long haul return flight.

BA said the new baggage policy, announced last June, would be simpler and only affect 2 percent of its customers.

"We are changing some of our excess baggage policies from next week, but our overall baggage allowances remain highly competitive when compared with other airlines," a BA spokesman said.

Under the new rules, passengers in economy class will be able to check-in one bag weighing 23 kg.

Travellers on long haul flights will have to pay 120 pounds for every extra bag, except for those travelling from the United States, Canada, Caribbean, Nigeria, Brazil and Mexico who will still be allowed two checked bags in line with local rules.

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