Ryanair is changing its cabin luggage policy for the second time this year, and it could leave
you £8 (€9) worse off. Currently, only priority boarding passengers can bring two bags into
the cabin for free, while non-priority passengers can take one small bag into the cabin and
have a second bag put in the hold for free.
But from 1st November, those who aren’t priority boarders will have to pay extra if they
want a second bag at all; in fact, you’ll need to fork out £8 (€9) for a bag up to 10kg.
If you already wanted to check in a second bag, the change will mean you’ll be able to pay
£8 for a bag up of to 10kg instead of the usual £25 for a bag of up to 20kg.
If you did not plan for a second bag, non-priority passengers will have to either pay the extra
£6 for priority boarding (£8 if you choose to add this to your booking later), or pay £8 to get
it checked into the hold – or just stick with one small bag.
The changes will take effect even if you have already booked your flight – meaning you will
have to fork out the extra for your second bag from November onwards.
The airline put the change down to the number of people turning up at the gate with a
second bag to place in the hold for free, which they say can cause delays of approximately
25 minutes.
Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: “From November 2018, we are introducing a new lower cost
10kg checked bag and changing our carry-on bag policy to eliminate boarding/flight delays.
“Priority Boarding customers will continue to enjoy two free carry-on bags. All other (non-
priority) customers will be allowed one free (small) carry-on bag, and those who wish to
check in a second bigger 10kg bag can do from €/£8 at the time of booking.
“This new policy will speed up the boarding and cut flight delays. 60 percent of customers
will be unaffected by these changes and we expect that the other 40 percent will either
choose to buy Priority Boarding or a 10kg check bag or will choose to travel with only one
(free) small bag as 30 percent already do so today.”
In response, consumer giant FACUA has called for action, urging Spain's Ministry of Public
Works and Infrastructure to intervene. The organisation says it 'looks like an attempt to
recover costs incurred in compensation payments to passengers arising through the
strikes'.
Pilots in Ireland and Germany and cabin crew in Spain, Italy, Belgium and Portugal have
staged various strikes this summer, leading to thousands of passengers having to be
booked onto new flights or refunded, plus being paid the €250 mandatory compensation
for delays of more than three hours or cancellations.
Ryanair claims the hand-luggage charge is to 'reduce delays' in boarding – even though
hold bags are tagged whilst passengers are standing in a queue for passport control and
are merely passed to luggage handlers on the runway.
Generally, the large hand-luggage bags are boarded before all passengers have settled in
their seats.
Excuse
FACUA says it does not buy this 'excuse' and says it is clear the company 'wants to apply
charges to customers' rather than 'taking on more staff to make the boarding process
swifter'.

The organisation has also criticised Ryanair for charging passengers who had already
booked their flights for November onwards before the rule was announced.
FACUA has also called for a reform to airline industry regulations to stop the ever-growing
trend of charging passengers for 'extras' that 'should be included in the price of the ticket'
– an issue which affects many carriers, not just Ryanair.
“Airlines are devaluation their level of services for trips purchased in order sell add-ons as
basic and necessary as being able to sit next to your travelling companion, check in online
several days before flying, travelling with suitcases and bringing on board a reasonable-
sized bag,” FACUA complains.