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Cathay Pacific limits baggage weight to protect worker safety

Travel News Asia 1 April 2004

In order to maintain safety standards for baggage handlers, the maximum acceptable weight of any single piece of checked baggage on Cathay Pacific flights from today will be 32kg (70lb).

According to industry health and safety guidelines, 32kg (70lb) is the reasonable weight limit to protect baggage handlers from occupational injuries.

With the implementation of the new policy, any passenger on Cathay Pacific with a piece of check-in baggage exceeding that limit will be requested to repack with separate bags in order to come with the limit. The policy will apply on all flights.

Cathay Pacific Director Service Delivery Robert Cutler said: The driving force behind this policy is the need to maintain a safe working environment for ground staff and baggage handlers, and to reduce the risk of injury when lifting heavy items. Many countries and carriers have already introduced this rule and as a responsible airline, we have decided to adopt this standard as well.

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