I believe it's for the workers loading the luggage. When you're loading hundreds of bags a day, every pound counts.
@The Lifeguard, I worked at an airport and I can say that’s true. They do not want the bags to be too heavy for the workers. Or I think, I can’t remember too well I’m baked. But you have a nice day peeps.
@The Lifeguard, if that’s the case, do they give the overweight luggage fee they charge me to the guy loading the luggage onto the plane? I doubt it.
@The Lifeguard, it's more for the balance of the plane. There can only be a certain amount of weight in certain areas and theres a center of gravity area the planes are allowed to have fluctuate
@The Lifeguard, man i cant wait for luggage workers to get those mechanized exoarms that makes lifting heavy objects easier.
@The Lifeguard, yeah but they aren't giving that 120 bucks to the guy lifting. Btw if you're military traveling on orders, it doesn't matter, you could have a 400 pound bag, you don't even pay to check it.
@UMad, No those luggage’s are put away using other equipment.
@The Lifeguard, distributing the load helps too, you don’t want a front or backheavy anything
@The Lifeguard, then they’re pusseies. I worked at ups and we took shjt way heavier than that 50 lb bull shjt
@The Lifeguard, I don't know anyone who travels with 32+ Kgs. That's the weight limit per bag, for the reason you mentioned.
Weight distribution is probably a factor?
As a current airline ramp agent, it's more for weight distribution, we need to track bags by category, normal checked bags average at 25 pounds, we count heavy as 50 up to 100, and the carry ons that we take as 15. In the regional jets they normally go in the rear and if not properly accounted or too heavy it throws the balance, and in the bigger planes below too much weight could affect center of gravity. Not difficult for the pilots to adjust for, but could make for longer and more difficult takeoffs and landings. Also imagine being on your knees hunched over in a 3 ft tall 30 ft long tube with a 10 grit sandpaper like carpeted floor and having to deal with 75 pound non normal suitcases or weird duffel bags.
*scientific fact about why this actually matters*
It's not just the weight of the aircraft, it's the BALANCE.