Four in 10 to ignore new EasyJet baggage rulesWhich? research shows 40% will take larger bag

01 July 2013


EasyJet’s new cabin baggage restrictions come into force tomorrow, meaning that only passengers with hand luggage no bigger than 50 x 40 x 20cm will definitely be able to keep their bag with them in the cabin. 

Yet despite the new tighter restrictions, research from Which? reveals that 40% of passengers will fly with a bag that fits EasyJet’s previous larger allowance, and risk having their bag put into the hold on busy flights.

The current maximum size permitted, 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, will remain unchanged, but passengers who want to ensure their hand luggage is allowed in overhead lockers, or under the seat in front of them, will need to bring a bag that meets the reduced dimensions.

Cabin bag allowances

Passengers with bags fitting the larger size will still be able to take them onboard if flights are not crowded. However, if space is tight, passengers may have to hand over their bag at the gate to be put in the hold of the aircraft.

EasyJet says the 'bag guarantee' is a way to guarantee passengers peace of mind that their bag will travel with them onboard the flight.

Hand luggage only

The new rules come in as EasyJet tries to tackle increasing pressure on overhead locker space on its flights caused by passengers looking to save time and money by flying with hand luggage only.

The rules have been welcomed by some EasyJet passengers who have been recounting their experiences on our Which? Conversation discussion on the topic.

Our research, in which we asked more than 1,400 people about the new rules, also shows that many passengers will be taking up EasyJet's ‘cabin baggage guarantee’.  Half of those surveyed said they would travel with a bag that fits the new smaller dimensions.

However, of the 21 hand luggage reviews that Which? has conducted, only two would meet the reduced restrictions, so tracking down a cabin case that qualifies for the guarantee may prove tricky.

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