As many of you know, Delta passengers are allowed to check one bag free of charge when traveling in the U.S. and U.S. territories and two bags if traveling internationally. Each bag can weigh no more than 50 pounds, nor be greater than 62 inches when you total length plus width and height. Please visit our baggage allowances pages and baggage tips for more details.
Fuel prices have soared over the past few months, causing considerable financial stress to the airlines. At Delta, we continue to take steps mitigate the extraordinary run up in fuel expense. One way our passengers can help is to pack light.
Here are some simple tips:
- Make a list of items you will need and stick to it.
- Check your list twice: edit it down, way down. Cross off everything you don’t absolutely need. You can always buy something if you need it.
- Choose the Right Bag: If you bring a bag that is really large, you will probably fill the space. It’s just human nature. Choose a bag based on: Quality (to stand up to a beating) and Transportability (since you will actually carry your luggage more than we will). Eagle Creek and Victorinox are both great brands who make a variety of bags for business travelers, backpackers, and vacationers.
- Don’t fold your clothes, bundle wrap them: bundle wrapping involves the careful wrapping of clothes around a central core object, avoiding folds that result in creases. Check out OneBag.com for instructions.
- For more information check out Independent Traveler’s Interactive Packing List.
It has been estimated that the amount of jet fuel used to move an object is 4% of that objects weight per hour. Thus, if you bag weighs 50 pounds, it uses 2 pounds of jet fuel per hour. Jet fuel weighs about 6 pounds a gallon (compared to water which is over 8 pounds per gallon), thus it takes about a third of a gallon each hour just to fly a 50 pound bag. It may not seem like a lot, but when you have 200+ passengers, all of their baggage, and the weight of the plane, it adds up quickly.
Please help do your part to conserve fuel and reduce the impact on our environment by packing light.