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UK visitors to Florida should be aware that both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have both announced changes to their existing baggage policies.

BA's new policy came into force for bookings made from July 31 for travel beyond October 9, while Virgin's new policy will apply for bookings made from November 9 onwards. Both airlines now allow passengers to check in a single piece of luggage weighing up to 23 kilograms.

Virgin's new policy is much less generous than the previous one, which allowed two checked items of up to 23kg - perfect for carting Disney souvenirs back to the UK. Passengers will now be charged £32 each way for each additional bag if booking online, or £40 at the airport. The exception is sporting equipment, with one item of kit carried for free provided it is under the 23kg limit. Full details can be found on Virgin's website.

BA's policy does not provide the free sporting equipment allowance, charging £32 each way for all additional bags. For £60, passengers can upgrade to a larger bag weighing up to 32kg. Full details are on the British Airways website.

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