Airline Weigh-in?

by Judy and Mark

Next time you worry about how much you can take on the plane... just be glad they don't weigh YOU!

Next time you worry about how much you can take on the plane... just be glad they don't weigh YOU!

Next time you worry about how much you can take on the plane... just be glad they don't weigh YOU!
On this flight out of the Amazon from Manu to Cusco, we had to travel light.
Once suitcases are weighed... they go on the luggage wheelbarrow of course!
Passengers, suitcases and cargo all have to fit... AND get over the Andes.

This airline weigh-in was not for our luggage... it was for us! We're always telling you to travel light, but this is taking it to the limit!


We were in the Peruvian Amazon, and before we could fly out of Manu National Park, we had an airline weigh-in.

In this case, we knew there was a luggage weight limit.

We had a custom tour set up for this adventure, and our tour operator had told us that our suitcases could only weigh 10 kilos, that's 22 pounds. With our travel light philosophy, that's about what our suitcases weigh in any case. We do, however, also carry a travel purse. That carry-on goes with us on the plane as a "personal item". It's sometimes pretty heavy in it's own right.

So about this airline weigh in. The flight from Manu to Cusco is operated by the Peruvian Air Force. The weather conditions have to be right for the flight to operate because of the altitude at Cusco. The Cusco airport is at 10, 859 ft (3,310 m)... and altitude makes a different for airplanes as well as for people.... all that lack of oxygen and all.

We got word at the Manu Wildlife Lodge that the flight was a go for our departure, so we took the two hour boat ride to get to the airport at Boca Manu.

They were assembling all kinds of cargo.... and everything got weighed. The cargo, our suitcases... and us... with everything we were carrying on! Kinda made us glad we hadn't been overeating!

That plane is a Twin Otter, and it has to fly over a 13,100 ft (3,993 m) pass. The weight and balance for the plane is crucial. With everything weighed and measured and packed into the plane, we climbed right up to 16,000 feet (4877 m)... Just enough to get through that pass... and just one more adventure on a trip that was full of them.

I guess the travel moral here is.... next time you're worried about how much you can take on an airplane... think about this and be glad that most airlines don't weigh you.

For the real information on how to pack and what is allowed, start with our Packing List page... you'll find a list that will lead you to lots of information on how to pack light... so at least your luggage will pass an airline weigh-in... even if you don't!

Happy travels,     J & M

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Recent Travels.

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

Curious about what else we've written about?  Search our site for a destination or travel tip.


Protected by Copyscape Online Copyright Infringement Tool

But... We'd love to have you share this page or comment on it…
Thanks, Judy and Mark

Ready For A New Adventure?

We escape by traveling…
But there are more ways to escape. 
Work on something you LOVE…
With A Website
SBI Teaches You Everything

First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life

Timely Tips

The Holidays are Here!

Time to remind you we have tips on
Surviving Holiday Flights

Remember, if you’re carrying gifts, it’s better not to wrap them… airport security might make you open them!

Have time for a quick trip to prepare for Christmas? We have ideas...
European Christmas Markets
German Christmas Markets
Seiffen Germany Makes Christmas Decorations
Cold Weather Packing List

The holidays can be hectic, but treat yourself..

Take the holiday time to explore more pages here... Get ideas for travel destinations and how to get there.
NOW is the time to start planning for a great trip next year.


Need Travel Ideas?
Things to See in Europe
Africa Calls!
Travel In America

Don't just dream about it...
Start making plans!

Custom Tour Planning List
International Travel Planning Tips
Foreign Is Fun - Not Scary!
Get Your Passports and Visas

DreamTrips can get you traveling sooner and cheaper that you thought possible

Search

Search MouseToursTravels
Travel questions or destination info?
Find our answers faster..
.

Translate

We want you to feel comfortable out in the world and on our pages - so surf away in your own language...

Updated Tips & New Travel Stories

  1. 2016 Travels - International and Domestic Adventures

    Our 2016 travels took us on domestic and international adventures… to look for culture, wildlife and antique airplanes.

    Read More

  2. Trusted Traveler Programs and TSA PreCheck for U.S. Citizens

    U.S. government Trusted Traveler Programs... designed to get some travelers through customs faster. TSA Pre-Check gets you through security faster. What they are and where to get info.

    Read More

  3. New Orleans DreamTrip - Tried DreamTrips And It Was Great!

    We need to take a DreamTrip before we could encourage you to be a member. This New Orleans DreamTrip was our first one… and it won’t be our last. It was great!

    Read More