Hand baggage limitations are purely subject to and determined by an individual airline travelling out of UK airports. The stipulations for some carriers are more generous than others, while changing relations such as those implemented by Ryanair can often catch travellers out. Other flights have the chance for an upgrade of luggage with an upgrade of ticket type. Aer Lingus offers routes to Dublin and other airports in the Republic of Ireland, a trip which many travellers do with just hand luggage.
Yet within the airline stipulations, they can be caught out.
Aer Lingus states the maximum weight of a cabin bag is 10kg, with the maximum height of 55cm and width of 40cm.
The length also has to amount to 24cm.
The airline states: “You can also bring one small personal item, e.g. small handbag, laptop, duty free or baby changing bag with a maximum size.”
For those who go over with their hand luggage weight or size, a hefty bag charge awaits.
This can range from 20 euro to 85 euro per bag, adding substantial cost to a short haul holiday.
Yet one way UK travellers can be caught out by the regulations has come to light.
Those who are heading on a trip around Ireland, taking connecting flights to smaller Irish towns within the country, need to adhere to specific rules.
The Aer Lingus website states: “Please note that if you’re connecting from our Aer Lingus service to our Aer Lingus Regional service, the 7kg (15lb) cabin baggage allowance will apply for both parts of the journey.
“Please ensure your cabin baggage is within the specified allowance.
“Bags outside of this allowance must be checked in and the relevant bag fee will apply.
“Occasionally we may have to check your cabin baggage into the hold due to stowage space limitations, or if your baggage is over the allowed dimensions and weight.
“Essential items, such as personal medication, money, passports and other identification documents should be packed in your cabin baggage and not in checked baggage.”
Meanwhile the Ryanair brand, owned by Michael O’Leary, caught out some customers recently by changing its baggage policy.
Now, the firm only allows only its priority customers to take a 10kg cabin bag.
From the November 1, 2018, priority boarding passengers were allowed one small bag (40x20x25cm), plus a larger cabin bag (55x40x20cm) with a maximum weight allowance of 10kg into the cabin.
Those who do not have priority boarding will only be able to bring one small cabin bag on board free of charge.
Published at Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:56:00 +0000