Of luggage, landings, and live wires

Of luggage, landings, and live wires

Travel
How can the weight of your combined hold luggage increase from 5kg below the airline weight allowance to 11kg above the weight allowance within a couple of hours? This exact question arose from a last minute weight check, and occupied me at 3.50 pm on the 27th January, exactly ten minutes before the waiting airport taxi was due to ferry us to Heathrow T4 for our flight to Doha. I could have had a good stab at the answer, but more importantly, what was the solution? Qatar airlines charge a hefty £50/kg for excess baggage. So, out flew the breadmaker, drawing board, outdoor ball game, and a few more items, and off we went to chance it on the Qatar airlines weigh in scales ....... (and, yes, we did get…
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