Ryanair Warns Customers: Your Bags Are Too Big!

Ryanair has had all it can take and it can’t take any more when it comes to passengers pushing the limits of its baggage policy.

The airline sent a reminder to customers “again” that the maximum baggage dimensions allowed on board Ryanair flights are:

  • 1 normal cabin bag (measuring 55cm x 40 cm x 20 cm and weighing 10 kg)
  • 1 small bag (handbag, laptop bag, or airport shopping bag or similar small personal item)

That’s it, you sneaky over-packers, there is no more room in those overhead lockers.

Ryanair felt compelled to issue this reminder because, it says, its customers have “repeatedly flouted” cabin bag rules resulting in boarding delays during the peak summer season. Ryanair customers enjoy one of the most generous cabin bag allowances in Europe and may bring one 10kg cabin bag and one smaller bag onboard. However, given Ryanair flights are 97% full this summer, customers have been reminded they must comply with the following bag rules:

“Ryanair customers enjoy one of the most generous cabin bag allowances in Europe and may bring one 10kg cabin bag and one smaller bag onboard. However, given Ryanair flights are 97% full this summer, customers have been reminded they must comply,” the airline writes in its announcement.

Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer added:

“Despite our repeated messaging, some customers are still attempting to bring larger than permitted bags onboard, which are causing delays at the boarding gate. As advised, customers are permitted to bring a normal cabin bag and a smaller bag onboard.

“However, many customers are repeatedly exceeding our cabin baggage allowance and we will be left with no choice but to review our policy should this practice continue.

“Many of our flights are full given it’s the peak summer period and we urge customers to ensure that they travel with less carry-on bags where possible. Our aircraft can only carry 90 larger carry-on bags and our gate agents are rigorously enforcing our carry-on policy to avoid flight delays and ensure an enjoyable travel experience for all customers. Customers who wish to carry larger baggage are advised to purchase a checked-in bag.”

Both passenger bags must fit in the sizers at the boarding gate and any oversized bags will be refused, or where available checked in the hold for a fee of £50/€50. Ryanair says that customers who pay for Priority Boarding are guaranteed to find space for their properly-sized bags on the aircraft. Priority Boarding can be added to the booking for €5. 

If you can’t fit everything you need into a small onboard bag of appropriate dimensions, though, arrange to check the bag. Otherwise, Ryanair may decide to start charging everyone for carrying bags of any shape or size, or start charging for cabin luggage by the kilo, or make you fly standing up on your bag. We honestly don’t know.

Ryanair would also like customers to stop flying drunk and is pushing for alcohol limits at airports.

In fact, stemming drunk and disorderly behaviour onboard is a good policy for any airline, but the onus should not be on airports alone to curb drunk and disorderly behaviour. Selling fewer drinks in-flight might help.

 

 

 

One thought on “Ryanair Warns Customers: Your Bags Are Too Big!

  1. A few years ago a social media campaign started to name and shame passengers who take too much carry-on luggage on board planes. People were being urged to publish photos of flyers carrying large amounts of cabin luggage, using the hashtag #CarryOnShame

    Excessive hand luggage on planes – it’s an absolute nightmare! Which is the bigger sin? The passenger disregarding the airline rules – or the airline not enforcing them?

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