We are flying KLM (booked through Delta) and taking carry on luggage only. Delta doesn't have a weight restriction, but KLM has a weight limit of 26 pounds total for bag plus personal item combined. Delta says we don't need to adhere to this since we booked through them, but I've read elsewhere this isn't the case, so I'm trying to follow the KLM rules to be on the safe side. Yesterday we did a trial pack. No problem whatsoever with the size (in fact, our suitcases have tons of extra room) but the weight is another issue. We took out a bunch of stuff and after many re-tries, barely got to 26 lbs for each person. But we're really not happy with some of the things we left out, such as sports sandals for hanging out at the hotel after a long day. I'd love to be able to add back maybe 1 lb per person.
Lots of questions: How/where do they weigh your carry on items? How strict are they about the 26 lbs (what if our scale at home is not 100% accurate, and we come in at 27 lbs? or what if my bag + personal item just is 27 lbs to begin with? ) Is it safe to assume we can stuff our jacket pockets? Has anyone else booked through Delta and flown KLM, and if so, what has been your experience regarding carry on weight?
What strategies do you have for lightening the load....other than lighter suitcases (one of our suitcases is 6.5 lbs and the others are close to 8 lbs each. It's not practical for us to buy new suitcases at this point.)?
Thanks for your help with this!!!!!