easyJet is the latest airline to end a guarantee to passengers that they will be able to keep their hand baggage with them in the cabin.
Until recently, the airline assured that passengers with cabin bags measuring 56cm x 45cm x 25cm or less would be able to keep their luggage with them.
But easyJet has changed its rules meaning only passengers paying for premium seats will be guaranteed to keep their bags with them in the cabin.
Under the new policy, passengers on the cheapest fares are allowed to bring one item of hand luggage of the same size but this may be placed in the hold on busy flights.
Passengers who want to ensure having their cabin baggage actually in the cabin with them now need to pay extra for tickets such as “easyJet Plus”, “FLEXI fare” or “Extra Legroom”, regardless of the size of their bags.
However, passengers who pay extra for their seats are allowed to bring another cabin bag measuring up to 45cm x 36cm x 20cm.
It means easyJet’s baggage allowance is considerably less than British Airways, which allows each passenger a cabin bag of up to 56x45x25cm as well as an additional “personal” bag of up to 40x30x15cm.
easyJet cabin baggage allowance
ONE cabin bag
Maximum size of 56 x 45 x 25cm including handles and wheels.
easyJet Plus, FLEXI fare, Upfront and Extra Legroom customers
One cabin bag as above
Plus ONE additional small under seat bag (For example a handbag or laptop)
Maximum size of 45 x 36 x 20cm which will need to be placed under the seat in front.
British Airways cabin baggage allowance
British Airways announced recently that it was reducing its cabin baggage allowance apparently to save time whilst boarding – nothing at all to do with encouraging passengers to pay for baggage.
The new, reduced (but still generous) cabin bag allowance is:
One cabin bag, maximum size of 56 x 45 x 25cm including handles, pockets and wheels.
PLUS one personal bag, maximum size 45cm x 36cm x 20cm (18in x 14in x 8in) including handles, pockets and wheels.
One cabin bag weighing up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, plus 1 small bag up to 35 x 20 x 20 cms may be carried per passenger.
Due to cabin space limitations only 90 large cabin bags (55 x 40 x 20 cms) can be carried in the cabin, any remainder will be carried free of charge in the aircraft hold. Passengers who have purchased Priority Boarding will not be asked to place their cabin bag in the aircraft hold, unless necessary due to operational reasons.
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