chaos at airports | Hand luggage to the rescue

Delayed flights, lost or abandoned luggage… Airport chaos can dampen travelers’ enthusiasm. To relieve stress and avoid waiting times at your destination, hand luggage is a valuable ally. Here’s everything you need to know to travel with your Continue in the rules of art.

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Florence Dancause
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Air Transat is advising travelers to give preference to carry-on baggage “given the operational issues currently affecting baggage management service providers in the hold at several Canadian airports, including Toronto and Montreal,” it said in an email. The airline confirms that it is currently receiving “a high number of complaints related to lost or delayed baggage”.

“If travelers can leave with just a small bag, that’s ideal,” confirms Nathalie Lahaie, co-owner of Voyages Arc-en-ciel agency. She considers herself lucky to have had only one case of delayed baggage in the past few weeks.

Voyages Constellation General Manager Moscow Côté says he is not overly concerned by the situation as none of his customers have had any problems, noting that the recommendation to only bring one piece of luggage into the cabin “was always there”. .

Pro tips for traveling light

If we can afford the luxury of choosing the bag for the plane, “we should prefer a hard case,” explains Luc Nowlan, stylist and luggage storage professional. “We also take a suitcase with four wheels and a central lock. »

Ultimate advice on traveling light: Imagine your vacation and plan sets accordingly, says the stylist, recommending clothes made from soft fabrics that don’t wrinkle, if at all.


PHOTO MARCO CAMPANOZZI, THE PRESS

Luc Nowlan, stylist and luggage storage pro

You can also follow the rule of about three tops to a bottom.

Luc Nowlan, stylist and luggage storage pro

  • For a well thought-out suitcase you have to plan!

    PHOTO MARCO CAMPANOZZI, THE PRESS

    For a well thought-out suitcase you have to plan!

  • We use the recess of the suitcase to place underwear and stockings.

    PHOTO MARCO CAMPANOZZI, THE PRESS

    We use the recess of the suitcase to place underwear and stockings.

  • To avoid wrinkles we use this clever technique of sandwiching the tops between the pants.

    PHOTO MARCO CAMPANOZZI, THE PRESS

    To avoid wrinkles we use this clever technique of sandwiching the tops between the pants.

  • Put personal care products in a clear plastic bag.

    PHOTO MARCO CAMPANOZZI, THE PRESS

    Put personal care products in a clear plastic bag.

  • Ideally, one side should be dedicated to shoes, toiletries, and other accessories.

    PHOTO MARCO CAMPANOZZI, THE PRESS

    Ideally, one side should be dedicated to shoes, toiletries, and other accessories.

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Now we have to master the art of making everything fit in our luggage. “We use the recesses in our suitcase to store our underwear and stockings. Then it is the turn of longer trousers or clothes. To avoid unsightly wrinkles, “we lay them flat and let the legs stick out,” explains Luc Nowlan. We roll up our shirts and pull them over and then we roll up our pants.

Ideally, we would have one side of the suitcase filled with clothes and another side for shoes, toiletries and other accessories we want to take with us, the expert suggests.

What is allowed?


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Hand luggage should be light enough to lift.

Two pieces of carry-on baggage are allowed per person, according to the Transport Canada website. Just check with your airline for the maximum dimensions and number of items allowed.

For example, Air Canada allows a standard cabin item not to exceed 40cm x 23cm x 55cm, including wheels and handles. One personal item is also allowed (43cm x 16cm x 33cm). On the Air Transat side, carry-on baggage must not exceed 40 cm x 23 cm x 51 cm and the personal item must not exceed 30.5 cm x 12.7 cm x 43.2 cm.

There is no weight limit for either carrier; You only need to be able to lift your luggage to place it in the aircraft’s upper trunk.

If you choose to leave your suitcase in the cabin, your toiletry bag will need to be checked accordingly in order to clear security. Soap, toothpaste, lip balm, shaving cream, deodorant – any liquid, aerosol or gel must be in a container of 100ml/100g (3.4 oz) or less.

All you need for storage is a transparent, resealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of 1 L. There are no quantity restrictions on medication.

We leave all sharp objects – knives or scissors – with a blade length of more than 6 cm at home.

Portable electronic devices (laptop, camera, etc.) are welcome on the flight. However, some precautions should be taken when carrying batteries, it is better to find out beforehand. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority provides a complete and detailed list of items that can and cannot be brought into the cabin on their website.

Can’t do without your checked baggage? “In the dressing room, you should at least have everything you need in your pocket for the next 48 hours,” says Nathalie Lahaie. This will avoid some troubles at the destination!

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