On average, limits were exceeded by 3.5 kilos (about 7.7lb), according to a survey by website Kelkoo.

Around 27% of those due to fly this summer are expected to exceed baggage limits and these charges are likely to total almost 1 million a day during the peak holiday season.

Of those who faced charges in 2011, 37% were travelling on low-cost airlines and 20% on charter flights.