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Airline bans bags on European flights

Malaysian Airlines recently has been in the news for all the wrong reasons over the last few years and the airline is making news again after it banned checked luggage for flights originating from its Kuala Lumpur hub to Europe.

The reason? The airline cited unusually strong headwinds on the routes to Europe. The airline said the weight of luggage combined with strong headwinds created a safety issue.

"The headwinds over the last four days were in excess of 200 knots, which can add up to 15% fuel burn on a B777-200 aircraft," said the airline in a statement.

Normal service has resumed and those affected could have their bags shipped to their destination.

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