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Ryanair’s new hand luggage policy to launch next week

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Europe’s biggest budget carrier is changing its cabin bag policy – you’ll only get a larger carry-on bag with priority boarding

Ryanair is about to make huge changes to their baggage policy. From Monday 15 January passengers will no longer be allowed to place their second larger piece of hand luggage in the overhead lockers.

"There is not enough space," Ryanair said. Passengers will no longer be allowed to put a larger hang bag into in the overhead lockers — Matej Kastelic / Shutterstock“There is not enough space,” Ryanair have said — Matej Kastelic / Shutterstock

To take a second, larger piece of hand luggage with dimensions up to 55cm x 40cm x 20cm in size and 10kg in weight, travellers will be required to book Priority Boarding.

Even after purchasing the service for an additional fee – higher if booked within to two hours before flying – passengers will still have to place their larger cabin bags on hold at the boarding gate. 

Passengers are still allowed to place a smaller carry-on luggage – no larger than 35cm x 20cm x 20cm – under their seats for free.

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: “We’re reminding our customers that from Monday January 15th only Priority Boarding customers will be allowed to bring two carry-on bags on the aircraft.

“All other customers will be allowed to bring one smaller carry-on bag on board, while their second (bigger) wheelie bag will be placed in the hold (free of charge) at the boarding gate.”

The airline explained that this measure aims to help “eliminate flight delays” as well as “lower bag fees”. The other reason is limited space inside the aircraft.

“There is not enough overhead cabin space for this volume of carry-on bags, which is causing boarding/flight delays,” the airline said.

To encourage passengers to take a checked baggage with them instead, the carrier decided to increase the maximum weight from 15 to 20kg. Also, the price dropped rapidly.

All passengers travelling with Ryanair who booked through before 7/12/2017 and may be affected by the change have been bought Priority Boarding at the company’s expense so they can bring their cabin baggage. Click here for more information.

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