Malaysia Airlines Lifts Check-in Baggage ban to Paris, Amsterdam, after social media bash
Jan 06, 2016 08:49 PM EST
After angry passengers took to social media to bash the airline, Malaysia Airlines lifted the ban on check-in baggage for flights destined to Paris and Amsterdam.
According to WCVB, just 24 hours after the airline banned checking in baggaes for flights to the European cities due to strong headwinds, Malaysia Airlines immediately lifted the prohibition. The airline needed to take a longer route via Egyptian airspace before reaching Europe to ensure passenger safety.
According to the airline, there has been an unreasonably strong headwind for that exceeds 200 knots, which can consume 15 percent of the fuel on the Boeing 777 plane.
In a statement, the airline said, "Based on its current risk assessment, done on a daily basis, the airline is now able to take a shorter route on European flights. Malaysia Airlines maintains that safety is of utmost priority in its operations and will not hesitate to adjust its flight path based on its daily risk assessment."
According to Bloomberg News, the airline announced that all Malaysia Airline flights destined for Paris, Amsterdam and London will resume its normal rout beginning January 6. it added that normal baggage allowance was restored.
Mail Online wrote that the ban baffled passengers, who posted angry comments on Facebook. There are some passengers who said that it would have been better for the airline to have sold fewer tickets, placed a cap on the number of passengers, and declined to take up freight instead. There are even some passengers who demanded refund.
One angry passenger posted, "No other airline flying from Asia to London or Europe seems to have this problem apart from [Malaysia Airlines], while Saravanak Kumar added: 'Until when is this ridiculous policy going to be in place? Time to change airline."
This is not the only controversy that the airline faced recently. A Malaysian Airline aircraft was shot down in eastern Ukraine back in 2014. Another issue is the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370, which up to now has not yet been found.