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Hand luggage rules for Ryanair, easyJet, Jet2, British Airways and others

airplane2Hand luggage rules for Ryanair changed on January 15th and it is worth checking what other carrier allow and do not allow.

Below are rules as at Jan 23rd 2018, for easyJet, Jet2, British Airways and a few othersbut check the copmpany's website before booking - this can avoid many expensive mistakes.


Only priority boarding passengers are allowed to take two cabin bags on board for free, after new rules were brought in on January 15th 2018. (See: 'New baggage rules for Ryanair passengers start today, Jan 15th

That means that if you need more than one piece of hand luggage, you’ll have to pay an extra £5 for priority boarding.

Everyone else will be allowed one small bag but will be forced to put their other bag in the hold at the boarding gate - although this will be free.

To encourage passengers to stick to hold luggage, Ryanair will be increasing its check-in bag allowance from 15kg to 20kg for all bags - and reducing check-in bag fees from £35 to £25.

The company says, “You can bring 1 wheelie bag which is 55x40x20cm in size and 1 small bag e.g. a handbag, laptop bag and similar but, “Your wheelie bag must not exceed 10kg in weight.

“Only customers who have purchased Priority Boarding, Plus, Flexi Plus, or Family Plus will be permitted to bring two cabin bags.”


“All customers can take one cabin bag on board. There is no weight limit but we do ask that passengers are able to lift it into the overhead locker.

“You can bring an additional under seat bag if you’re an easyJet Plus cardholder, FLEXI fare, up front or extra legroom customer, or if you’re travelling with an infant (under two) on your lap.

“Cabin space is limited and on many flights there isn’t enough room for everyone’s cabin bag on board. If the overhead lockers are full we will put your bag in the aircraft hold.

“We check bag sizes before you board. If they’re bigger than the maximum 56x45x25cm (including handles and wheels), they can’t go in the cabin and we’ll have to check them into the aircraft hold for a charge.”

British Airways
British Airways, OpenSkies and BA CityFlyer flights are subject to these rules:

Adults and children over two are allowed one handbag/laptop bag (max 23kg / 51lb and up to 40 x 30 x 15cm / 16 x 12 x 6in) plus an additional cabin bag (max 23kg / 51lb and up to 56 x 45 x 25cm / 22 x 18 x 10in).

The weight limit applies to each bag; it isn’t possible to split the total weight across multiple bags.

The airline says, “On busy flights, you may be asked to check-in your additional cabin bag, so make sure you have no valuables or essential medication packed in this bag.

“All duty free bags or airport purchases count as hand baggage so if you have more than your free allowance, your extra bags will be checked into the hold.

“You may be charged for an extra bag if you are over your checked baggage allowance.”

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic lets passengers take a standard cabin-sized bag on-board for economy and premium economy travellers as well as a handbag or backpack.

It states that the maximum size is 23 x 36 x 56cm weighing 10kg as well as a “handbag, small backpack/rucksack, pocketbook or purse”.

Upper Class passengers get to take two bags with a combined weight of 16kg.

Garment bags for suits and dresses must be put in the hold if the dimensions exceed 23 x 36 x 56 cm.

BMI Regional
The allowance depends on what fare is paid.

Each customer flying on a Sale, Classic, or ClassicPlus Fare can bring one main piece of hand baggage on-board weighing up to 12kg, plus one personal item (such as a small handbag, purse, small briefcase, laptop bag, baby-changing bag, etc). Hand baggage must have a maximum length of 55cm, width of 40cm and depth of 23cm.

Each customer flying on an executive fare can bring two main piece of hand baggage on-board weighing up to 12kg, plus one personal item. The same dimensions apply.

Is your hand luggage too big? This is what happens:

“Larger pieces of hand baggage will have DAA tags (‘Deliver At Aircraft side’) attached to them at check-in or the gate,” says the airline.

“This tag is used for items that don’t fit in the overhead locker. These items are placed in the hold and passengers are then able to collect those items at the aircraft side on arrival.”

You may carry on board one piece of unchecked cabin baggage free of charge which must be no more than 10kg in weight and no larger than 56cmx45cmx25cm, including all wheels and handles.

Should your cabin baggage be larger than these dimensions or weigh in excess of 10kg, you must check this in as hold baggage for which there will be an additional charge which you must pay.

Jet2 says: “You may also be permitted to bring an additional, small item of cabin baggage on board - such as a handbag, laptop bag or airport purchase - provided that such items can be reasonably carried on board, either in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you.”

Items carried in the cabin are subject to the airline’s discretion and applicable operational requirements.


The following basic regulations apply for the free baggage allowance on all intercontinental flights operated by Lufthansa: Economy Class: 1 bag up to 23 kg (50 lb) Premium Economy Class: 2 bags up to 23 kg (50 lb) each. Business Class: 2 bags up to 32 kg (70 lb) each.

Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus Hand Luggage. Aer Lingus permits customers to carry one piece of cabin baggage with a weight limit of 10kg and maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 24 cm. You can also bring a smaller piece of hand luggage into the cabin such as a laptop or a handbag.

You're permitted one bag free of charge, weighing up to 23kg (50lb). Overall bag dimensions (length + width + height) must not exceed 158cm (62"). Infant baggage allowance is 10kg (22lb).


At Vueling, as well as your hand luggage, you can also carry a smaller bag and one additional bag containing any purchases made at the airport.
Your baggage inside the plane:

You can carry one piece of hand luggage no heavier than 10 kg and no larger than 55x40x20 cm.

You can also carry another smaller bag or case measuring no more than 35x20x20 cm and one additional bag containing any purchases made at the airport. They must both fit under the front seat.

If you're flying with a baby, you can carry everything your baby needs inside your hand luggage.


Per adult/child, you can take 1 piece of hand luggage of max. 10 kg. With our Max fare, you are allowed 2 pieces of hand luggage. You can choose from 2 different sizes of hand luggage, namely:

Cabin transport guaranteed

Max. 45 x 40 x 25 cm

This piece of hand luggage will get a green label. Stow this piece of hand luggage under the seat in front of you.

Cabin transport not guaranteed

Max. 55 x 40 x 25 cm

This piece of hand luggage will get a red label. Stow this piece of hand luggage in the overhead luggage compartments. Please keep in mind that in case overhead compartments are full, your luggage could be transported in hold for free.

Please note: that staff check the weight and size of hand luggage, as well as the number of items (max. 1 per passenger), at the check-in desk and at the gate. If your hand luggage fails to meet the guidelines, you will need to buy an extra allowance to check your hand luggage in hold. At the gate you have to pay a fee of €40 per piece. You can only pay with a credit or debit card.

SAS Scandinavian Airlines

The first cabin bag is free to a maximum size and weight
Height: 55 cm/22"
Width: 40 cm/16"
Depth: 23 cm/9"
Weight: 8 kg/18 lbs.

Effective 23 January, SAS will perform random inspections of hand baggage at Gardemoen Oslo airport. The aim is to increase comfort onboard and minimize the risk of delays. The inspections will be made at the departure gate. Any hand baggage that exceeds the maximum permitted weightand/or size on inspection, will be sent as checked baggage. The baggage can then be collected at thearrival hall at the final destination. For hold baggage, click HERE



All of the above can change at the whim of the company so check on each airline’s website before booking your ticket.