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Wheelie bags on flights are costing the earth

Graeme paton | The times | 11 July 2015

PA’s Chris Lynch, global head of aviation, is quoted in The Times on some of PA's research which looks into the extra cost and environmental damage resulting from passengers taking wheelie bags on flights. 

PA’s research estimates that wheels and metal frames in carry-on bags has pushed up weight levels by an average of 1.5kg as opposed to a shoulder bag. The additional load leads to more jet fuel being used by aircraft.

Chris explains that wheeled luggage posed particular problems and should be ditched by passengers. He goes on to say: "Millions of passengers who have got used to wheeling their hand luggage through departures in a trolley bag are costing the environment dear and are wasting hundreds of millions of pounds' worth of fuel."

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An example from the research explains that a family of four flying return from London to New York all carrying wheeled luggage would result in an additional £13 worth of fuel.

Chris goes on to say: "If you wanted to offset the carbon dioxide created by these bags, you would need to plant a forest almost four times the size of the greater London area, every year."

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