If you’re flying Southwest during the holidays, you need to be aware of the Southwest international holiday baggage embargo. Apparently, people are bringing too many large, bulky, and heavy bags with them to Southwest’s Caribbean and Central America destinations. All of these extra bags are causing some bags to get left behind due to size and weight limits of the 737’s that Southwest flies.
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Southwest International Holiday Baggage Embargo
If you’re flying to the following airports, keep in mind the Southwest international holiday baggage embargo:
- Belize City, Belize (BZE)
- Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ)
- Mexico City, Mexico (MEX)
- Nassau, Bahamas (NAS)
- San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)
The holiday baggage embargo is in effect from November 18, 2017, through January 8, 2018, for all Customers traveling to these locations. Passengers will be notified of the baggage embargo in their preflight email.
For details of the specific Southwest international holiday baggage embargo at each airport, go this Southwest website of airports and click for details of that specific airport.
For example, at Belize City, Belize, the Southwest international holiday baggage embargo means that:
Passengers traveling to Belize City (BZE) will be limited to two checked bags with a maximum size of 62 inches (length + width + height) each. Boxes of any size will not be accepted. Service items such as wheelchairs and strollers will be accepted.
Each airport will have different restrictions based on passenger volume and capacity, so be sure to check out your airport this holiday season.
The Bald Thoughts
Southwest is really generous with its 2 free checked bags for every passenger policy. It seems that people are taking advantage of this policy leading to the Southwest international holiday baggage embargo. For most of us, the policy shouldn’t cause too much concern since our bags are usually well within limitations. However, you should still check the Southwest website to verify that you’re not affected.
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