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Air­port lug­gage scales can some­times be wrong.. .

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Over­weight— one of the most dreaded words you can hear in a check-in counter, and one that brings about fran­tic feel­ings of panic, lug­gage strewn on floors and re­gur­gi­tat­ing wardrobes. To avoid this, I’ve taken to weigh­ing my ki­los be­fore leav­ing for the air­port us­ing a hand­held scale. This prac­tice re­ally proved its worth in a trip to Europe. One of our bags reg­is­tered at 35 ki­los on the counter scale when we were cer­tain it was only 21 (the cor­rect al­lowance). We reweighed it us­ing my scale, showed the clerk, and asked him to redo it. When the scale was re­set, the bag re­ally did reg­is­ter at only 21 ki­los. Imag­ine the 14-kilo dif­fer­ence that we would have paid for if we didn’t know any bet­ter?

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