Anyone experienced this before? I recently spent 2 weeks in Singapore, visiting my parents over the christmas period. My journey consisted of 2 flights each way. The first from Newcastle to Dubai, the second from Dubai to Singapore with a stop in Colombo (Sri Lanka). The return journey was the same in reverse. I travelled economy class and my conditions of flight stated that I was allowed no more than 5kg hand luggage. No doubt that all of the other passengers in economy class had the same allowance as I did. With this in mind, why did I find that almost every other passenger on the plane translated this allowance to be 'another suitcase' which must weigh at least double the 5kg stated. I have noticed this a number of times on a number of holidays but so far it has not enraged me as it did upon my return from Singapore. When we were boarding the plane in Singapore, other passengers spent so long organising their 'additional suitcases' in the overhead lockers that the Captain was forced to announce that we had already missed our departure window and if everyone didn't sit down within the next 10 minutes we would miss another and wouldn't be able to take off for several hours. As it turned out we managed to take off 30 minutes later than planned. When we arrived in Colombo the same thing happened again. All but 30 passengers got off the plane and then additional passengers boarded the plane and we went through the same fiasco again. We were an hour late in leaving columbo. The result was that when we landed in Dubai my connecting flight was on it's final call and I had to sprint in order to catch it. My luggage was not so fortunate, it missed the connecting flight and I did not get it back until 7pm the following evening. Has anyone experienced this themselves? Is there anyone on tmp who takes these suitcases on board a plane with them? Or am I just over-reacting?