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This Budget Airline Just Scrapped Its 2 Bag Carry-On Policy

This Budget Airline Just Scrapped Its 2 Bag Carry-On Policy”

To reduce the volume of carry-on bags, non-priority customers will have to place their second piece of hand luggage in the hold from 1 November, although this will be free of charge.

Ryanair also announced it is increasing its check-in bag allowance from 15kg to 20kg, and reducing the standard fee from £35 to £25 for a 20kg bag.

In what amounts to the the biggest overhaul of its baggage policy in four years, the low-priced airline said only those who pay the fee will be allowed to take a larger bag (55cm x 40cm x 20cm and no heavier than 10kg) into the cabin.

The airline aims to encourage more passengers to check their bags to avoid delays at the boarding gate as too many customers are "abusing" the new two free carry-on bags service.

As part of its "always getting better" programme, Ryanair had allowed passengers to carry one normal cabin bag as well as one additional small bag such as a handbag, laptop case or shopping bag on board for free.

The luggage drop-off will take place at the boarding gate instead of at check-in.

Ryanair spokesman Kenny Jacobs said the reduced fees would cost the airline more than €50 million per year in reduced checked bag fees.

The move is being made because Ryanair's current policy of allowing two free cabin bags has meant that there is not enough overhead storage space in the aircraft, which is causing boarding and flight delays.

Will customers still be able to take two pieces of cabin baggage on board?

Now the only way to avoid having a carry-on bag taken away will be to pay the priority boarding fee of £5 per person per flight.

How will this change be implemented?

This might be because, boozed up passengers were recently hauled off a Ryanair flight by cops.

"We believe offering bigger bags at reduced fees will encourage more customers to consider checking in a bag", added Jacobs. It can be added after booking (for €/£6) up to one hour before the scheduled flight departure time, via the Ryanair app.

The changes to baggage policy come in on 1 November.



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