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Baggage weight-London Heathrow Airport

I'm flying British Airways through London Heathrow. I've been on the baa.co.uk website and in the hand baggage it just states the size of bag 22tx17.7"wx10"d. No where does it give a weight restriction. The checked bag can weight 51 lbs. (23kg). Am I understanding that IF I can pack my Rick Steves' backpack with under 51 lbs. and the dimensions are 22x17.7x10 that I can carry it on? Thanks.

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Last I heard, you are correct. If you can lift it into the overhead bin by yourself and IF it fits the dimensions, BA is not placing a weight limit on carryons. They are currently VERY VERY strict about only 1 bag per person... no "personal" items, no purses, etc. even fanny packs count, so you have to be able to stuff these items in your carryon.

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Thanks Toni for the information about the carryon not having a weight restriction at the moment. I'll keep trying to call BA. I can't get a real person to talk to so far, but I have time.
I have to get ahold of them to see how I can get my seat assignments. At present I have to sign onto the website only 24 hours ahead of time to get a seat assignment. I prefer to get my seats assigned when I purchase the tickets but I guess BA is alot different. I appreciate your comment. Thanks again.

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Doubt that you will be able to get seat assignements until closer to your trip. BA is a great airline- just particular about their procedures.

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Bonnie,
Toni is correct. You will not be able to get seat assignment until you are able to check in. Happened to me last fall when I along with 5 other friends purchased our tickets from BA. I was the last one to purchase via internet & a notice popped up stating "regrettably, we have reached our limit for pre-allocation for seats on this flight". Also the fare went up on WT+ between booking my outbound and inbound flight. Tough luck for me.

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Thank you for all the information. BA website says I can check in 24 hours prior to departure then I get a seat assignment. Hopefully I can get two together for my husband and me. I just want a number to get a real person on the phone for a couple questions. Any suggestions? Thanks again. We are leaving until October but want to get my questions answered so I can "prepare". I am taking only 1 bag. I want to know what the "fee" will be out of London-Heathrow to Rome and how we can pay it.
Do any of you know if there are ATM machines at the airport that we could get euros before arriving Rome.
bonnie

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We had no problem bookiing seats together on BA when we checked in online for our flights last September. We did do it exactly 24 hours in advance though....

In the Rome airport, there are ATMs in the baggage pick up area - the one for Banca di Roma didn't charge any extra fees and gave a good exchange rate.

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Bonnie,
I just sent you a message on how to find phone numbers on the BA website. You will not find an ATM that dispenses Euros in Heathrow but you will find money exchange counters. You will probably get a better rate and lower fees if you just go to an ATM in the airport in Rome.

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Good luck in trying to get a person on the phone when dealing with BA. Their customer service is horrible and it's always a lottery whether your luggage will correctly make a connection at Heathrow. So if you can meet the size and liquid restrictions, carrying it all on is a good idea.
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I always suggest that just in case you end up on a smaller plane with limited storage space or for some reason they make you check a larger carry on bag, that you have your valuables/passport/train & plane tickets etc. in a separate small bag within your main bag so you can easily grab that if the big bag has to be checked.
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Have fun!
Kate

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British Airways are Masters at losing bags through London’s Heathrow airport. I have lost a total of 5 bags in the past 8 months. If you are lucky enough to get to speak to anyone at BA, you will soon notice that they never let the truth stand in the way of a good story. All my missing bags are to be delivered 'tomorrow'! Not wanting to put too finer point on it, BA are useless with bags and Heathrow Airport is an embarrassment to the country.