What happens if your baggage exceeds the specified weight limit? If you have any doubts as to whether you comply with the free baggage allowance set by the airline, we recommend that you weigh your baggage at home in advance, using bathroom scales, for example. As a rule, the airlines are still quite accommodating with a few kilos of excess baggage, but a legal claim does not exist, even if the same amount was carried free of charge on your outbound flight. If the total weight massively exceeds the free baggage allowance, the airline will charge you excess baggage. The rates for this are very high and can quickly reach the actual ticket price. In addition, excess baggage should always be reported to the airline in advance, as transportation can be denied for security reasons.