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Easyjet Slims Down Hand Luggage Allowance -37%

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In the battle between budget airlines, no stone is left unturned to find ways to cut costs.

The latest shot in this war in the skies comes from easyJet, which is to reduce the size of hand luggage with effect from Tuesday 2nd July.

Baggage allowance cut by 37%

At present, easyJet allows luggage to be taken into the aircraft cabin if it is below the maximum size of 56cm by 45cm by 25cm. This gives a total volume of 63 litres for a single onboard bag.

But from 2nd July with easyJet, these dimensions will be slimmed down to 50cm by 40 cm by 20cm (including wheels, pockets and handles). This gives a total volume of 40 litres, which is a loss of 23 litres of luggage space. In effect, easyJet has cut its allowance for hand luggage by more than a third (36.5%).

easyJet's argument for this change is simple. By introducing this new 'cabin bag guarantee', it promises that passengers with qualifying bags can take them into the cabin. This will apply even on the busiest flights, when overhead locker space is limited. Under this guarantee, onboard bags will be placed in overhead lockers or under the seats in front.

You may still be able to take bags that meat the old limit onboard as hand luggage. However it's not guaranteed, and it may be checked into the hold if the flight is busy and there is little space. While this will not incur a charge, it does mean that you will have to queue to retrieve your bag from the baggage carousel on arrival.

As before, a handling charge of £25 applies for cabin bags exceeding the maximum size of 56cm by 45cm by 25cm, rising to £40 at the boarding gate.

Cabin baggage will be checked for size with a new baggage gauge at bag-drop desks and again at boarding gates. easyJet's definition of a cabin bag includes a bag, briefcase, suitcase, laptop case, handbag, bumbag, rucksack, carrier bag or wedding-dress carrier. Infants travelling on an adult's lap don't get a cabin-bag allowance

The airline explains its new rules regarding cabin baggage in more detail on its website.

How to avoid this restriction

In theory, easyJet should enforce this new 'cabin bag guarantee' only when flights are full and cabin space is limited. However, in practice, it could apply this restriction to any and all flights.

That said, there are several ways that you can avoid this new restriction. The obvious answer is to keep within the new limits by making sure that your bag measures less than 50cm by 40 cm by 20cm.

Sadly, of 21 cabin suitcases recently tested by Which? magazine, only three would meet these reduced dimensions. In other words, around six-sevenths (85.7%) of cabin suitcases would not be guaranteed a spot in the cabin for easyJet flights from 2nd July. This is a huge -- and likely deliberate -- inconvenience to British travellers, lessened only by the news that manufacturers including Samsonite and Tesco already make bags that fit easyJet's 'guaranteed' size.

Passengers who are easyJet plus cardholders, or FLEXI fare, easyJet plus Upfront or Extra Legroom customers can continue to bring one piece of cabin baggage no bigger than 56cm by 45cm by 25cm, thus avoiding this new restriction. They can also use easyJet plus Speedy Boarding to board first and bag what space is available in overhead lockers.

Cynics - like me - might suggest that this new rule is simply a way to push travellers into signing up to one of these days, thereby boosting easyJet's profits.

How easyJet compares

In the fight for low-cost flights, no-one beats Irish budget airline Ryanair. Famous for its penny-pinching ways, Ryanair's maximum dimensions for cabin luggage are currently 55cm by 40cm by 20cm (44 litres).

Then again, after easyJet's 40-litre limit takes effect, Ryanair's baggage allowance of 44 litres will be a tenth (10%) more generous than easyJet's. Frankly, I can see Michael O'Leary, Ryanair's billionaire boss, following suit -- perhaps in time for the summer surge in travellers.

At 'the world's favourite airline', British Airways, the free allowance for cabin baggage is restricted to one piece of luggage measuring no more than 56cm by 45cm by 25cm (plus one laptop-sized bag, handbag or briefcase). Although these are the same as easyJet's maximum dimensions (a volume of 63 litres), BA has a weight limit of 23kg, while the bright-orange brand has none.

With Virgin, if you are flying enconomy or premium economy you can take on a bag measuring no more than 56cm by 36cm by 23cm and weighing no more than 10kg.

FYI Ryanair: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm - 10 kg max cabin baggage

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FYI Ryanair: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm - 10 kg max cabin baggage

I am amazed as always as the cost becomes higher (APT + Fuel Surcharge + surcharges x,y,z, + restrictions abc) and passengers number just keep increasing.

Perhaps this is an area which is rather price insensitive and the (budget) airlines probably had underpriced the services in the past.

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I think temporary throw away holiday/travel clothing which you purchase at destination are the future. All passengers to be naked.

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About time. There are so many people on EJ flights carrying large cases that fill the lockers there is often no space for those of use who carry smaller bags. Enforcement of the one bag rule would also help.

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About time. There are so many people on EJ flights carrying large cases that fill the lockers there is often no space for those of use who carry smaller bags. Enforcement of the one bag rule would also help.

+1

It's all got a bit out of hand.

40L is still massive. Would be enough for most people for a week.

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About time. There are so many people on EJ flights carrying large cases that fill the lockers there is often no space for those of use who carry smaller bags. Enforcement of the one bag rule would also help.

It is only the rules that they themselves designed that encouraged that behaviour.......the smaller the one bag hand luggage rule the more chance that more people will pay extra to check in a bigger bag for extra cost.

You can always try wearing by layering your clothes for the journey instead of packing them.......too many start doing that and new rules will have to be implemented. ;)

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It's all got a bit out of hand.

40L is still massive. Would be enough for most people for a week.

You've never gone on holiday with a woman, have you?

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You've never gone on holiday with a woman, have you?

Yeah, no kidding. Mine insists on a salon quality hair dryer, tons of lotions and potions, and at least three more outfits than days abroad.

Edited by cashinmattress

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They say there is no locker space on busy flights but if you do turn up with an oversize bag you can get it onboard for a £40 premium. Does £40 buy a bigger plane or something?

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They say there is no locker space on busy flights but if you do turn up with an oversize bag you can get it onboard for a £40 premium. Does £40 buy a bigger plane or something?

It's all about getting as much money out of people as possible, without turning too much trade away.

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