Budget airline EasyJet have reduced the size of their hand luggage allowance by 37 per cent as there is not enough room to store all the bags on the plane.
Bags that are too big for the new size restriction, but still comply with the old size guide may have their luggage checked into the hold, but at no extra cost to the passenger.
The move is a response to flights being overcrowded with hand luggage as passengers avoid pricey checked luggage costs. EasyJet say the new rule will not net them any more money – the only adjustment will be that passengers may have to wait for their luggage at baggage reclaim.
'The new cabin bag guarantee is transparent and fair to all our customers and the result of in-depth customer research,' said a spokesperson for the airline.
'It's a relatively small change but our statistics show that we only need to see a small reduction in the number of larger bags taken on board to have a big impact on the number of bags we have to offload at the gate.'
The new size allowance for overhead lockers is 50cm by 40cm by 20cm, which shaves roughly 5cm off each dimension required for a bag to qualify as hand luggage – 56cm by 45cm by 25cm.
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