easyJet, BA, Ryanair & Jet2: Hand luggage rules could see flight costs soar for Britons

Boris Johnson is urging Britons to avoid taking hand luggage onboard future flights and to instead consider checking in luggage instead. With many airlines charging fees for checked luggage, however, it could see Britons shelling out even more for their journeys.

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The government issued a new update for Britons who have plans to travel in the future on its website.

The advice regarding hand luggage states: “You are strongly encouraged to check-in baggage to the aircraft hold and minimise any hand baggage.

“This will speed up boarding and disembarking and minimise the risk of transmission.”

The government is further advising Britons not to collect their own luggage from the airport, and instead use. baggage delivery services.

According to the government website, airports should “consider encouraging passengers to use a baggage delivery service where feasible to minimise contact points.”

Yet the additional luggage measures could see rising costs for UK holidaymakers, with some airlines charging more than others for checked luggage.

How much will it cost when flying with UK airlines?

easyJet

Holidaymakers jetting off with easyJet are normally allowed to take one item of hand luggage onboard for free as long as it fits within specific dimensions.

According to easyJet’s website, travellers are currently entitled to bring an item of hand luggage measuring 56cm x 45cm x 25cm including handles and wheels.

However, should customers want to check-in an item of luggage, they will be required to pay a varying fee.

Bags under 15kg will set passengers back between £6.99 and £34.99 to check-in online, depending on the flight capacity, length and destination.

Meanwhile, checked luggage weighing between 15kg and 23kg will cost anywhere from £9.49 to £37.49 to check-in online.

Checking in luggage at the airport will cost considerably more, with prices varying between £40 and £50.

Despite the current government advice, easyJet says it is still allowing passengers to take hand luggage on board.

Speaking to The Sun Online, a spokesperson for the airline said: “In line with EASA guidance we are allowing passengers to bring hand luggage on board but asking them to try and minimise this and advising them they will be required to stow it themselves in the overhead lockers.”

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Jet2

Passengers flying with Jet2 are allowed to take one piece of hand baggage onboard their flights, however, a maximum weight of 10kg applies.

Jet2 adds that luggage must fit within 56 x 45 x 25cm.

Bags which exceed the set-out weight and size measurements will be asked to check their bag into the hold for an additional charge.

Customers may check-in up to three bags weighing 22kg each.

Costs vary from £8 to £45 to check-in online. It could cost more to check in once at the airport.

Jet2 has not released a comment regarding the current hand luggage advice from Downing Street.

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Ryanair

Ryanair passengers are allowed to take one item of hand luggage into the cabin free of charge, so long as it fits 40cm x 20cm x 25cm.

Priority customers, on the other hand, are entitled to a regular small hand luggage item meeting the dimensions 40cm x 20cm x 25cm, as well as a larger bag weighing up to 10kg.

This larger bag must fit the dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm.

Non-priority customers can add a 10kg cabin bag to their booking either online or at the check-in desk, however, this will be for an additional fee.

Customers also face a fee for checked luggage, with costs varying between £10 and £25 for a 10kg bag depending on the flight.

Additionally, checked luggage weighing 20kg or more costs around £25 when booking the flight, and around £40 at a later date.

Checked bag fees can cost more at the airport.

Despite the government advice, Ryanair has slammed the hand luggage recommendation, saying on the contrary passengers should actually “minimise checked-in luggage” according to Reuters.

A Ryanair spokesman told Which?: “We are encouraging extra cabin bags because this reduces the risk of COVID-19 compared with the Department for Transport’s idiotic advice to maximise checked-in bags, which pass through eight different sets of hands and significantly increase the risk of COVID-19.”

British Airways

British Airways passengers are allowed to take items of hand luggage onboard for free.

They are also entitled to one piece of checked luggage for no extra cost unless they are travelling on a hand luggage only ticket.

Passengers can check in a cabin bag weighing up to 46kg free of charge.

Meanwhile, hand luggage can weigh up to 23kg and must fit within 56cm x 45cm x 25cm including handles, pockets and wheels.

British Airways has not commented on the government’s updated advice and continues to allow passengers to take hand luggage into the cabin.

Customers who want to check additional luggage exceeding the weight and size limits can use the British Airways website to figure out any additional costs.

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