Published: Sat, September 09, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Ryanair to cut cabin baggage allowance

Ryanair to cut cabin baggage allowance

Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs said: "These bag policy changes will cost Ryanair over €50m reduced checked bag fees". Everyone else will be able to keep a small handbag or laptop bag, but will have their bigger cases taken from them at the gate.

Where previously you could could carry on one standard bag as cabin luggage and a seperate small handheld bag that is soon to be stopped.

From November 1, any "non-priority" customers that refuse to put their bigger cabin bags in the hold "will not be allowed to travel (without refunds)", Ryanair states.

Passengers who pay £5 extra for priority boarding, however, will still be allowed to take 2 bags onboard the aircraft leading some to suggest that increased priority booking fee revenue might be the real reason for the move.

The airline said earlier this year it was a "victim" of its own "niceness" after allowing customers to bring a second carry-on bag for free.

Ryanair denies the new policy is a money making scam, saying that it will cost them around €50 million in lost baggage revenues. With the 97-percent passenger utilisation of Ryanair flights, the space above passengers' heads does not suffice for all their hand luggage, Veronika Ševčíková, spokeswoman of the M.R. Štefánik airport in Bratislava (BTS) informed on behalf of the airliner.

Other passengers with two bags will have their larger piece of luggage placed in the hold at the gate with no additional charge. After all, it's a huge premium to pay on top of the airline's self-declared average return fare of €82. "Always Getting Better? It hardly feels like it".

Ryanair Holdings Plc is rolling back its unusually generous carry-on policy after the budget airline's customers proved more penny-pinching than expected by cramming too many bags onto the planes and causing delays. "It will need to fit under the seat in front", he added.

Along with a 35cm x 20cm x 20cm bag, they can take another one measuring up to 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

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