Ryanair enforces a one bag policy on hand luggageCustomers to be charged £30 on excess hand luggage

21 January 2009

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Ryanair passengers carrying more than one piece of hand luggage will now be charged a penalty fee of £30 by the airline.

In a stark warning to passengers Ryanair has said it will now operate a one-person-one-bag policy on hand luggage and passengers with more than one bag will have to check them into the hold.

Strict baggage rules

The no-frills carrier said items such as women’s handbags and laptops will have to be placed in the same bag to avoid having to check-in any luggage.

The strict rules have been implemented following an alleged incident with one passenger who was intending to travel with five pieces of hand luggage, the airline claimed. Ryanair also said it had noticed a trend towards a growing number of passengers carrying more than one piece of hand luggage.

Increased number of bags in hand luggage

This trend is not exclusive to Ryanair. As increasing numbers of airlines have begun charging to check baggage into the hold, the number of passengers eschewing hold luggage for hand baggage has also increased.

Ryanair’s strong message was issued in a statement yesterday when the airline announced that there will be ‘no exceptions’ to their tough baggage policy.

Penalty charge

The new crack-down on extra hand luggage could become costly for any passengers who gets caught out as Ryanair will charge £30 to any passenger arriving at the departure with more than one bag.

Checking bags into the hold on Ryanair costs £8 per person per flight for each bag checked into the hold at the airport (£5 if checked-in online). In addition, the airline also charges £4 per flight to use the check-in desk.

The airline’s current free cabin baggage allowance is 10kg per person which will now be restricted to one bag. Ryanair said this was to ‘ensure fairness to all passengers’.

A spokesperson for the airline said: ‘Ryanair’s generous cabin baggage allowance permits passengers to carry one piece of cabin baggage of up to 10kg onto our aircraft. Due to the large increase in passengers abusing this allowance, Ryanair will now charge passengers for each additional piece of carry on luggage.’

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