Ryanair Cabin Bag Policy 2018

By | October 3, 2018

Give Me 10 Minutes, I’ll Tell You The Truth About Ryanair’s Latest Cabin Bag Policy 

It’s high time we did some serious catch-up. The last time we had a chat it was about Ryanair’s luggage policy. It’s not in the too distant past that we talked about Ryan’s Luggage Policy on Cabin Baggage – BBC Report, to be more precise. That time Ryanair had just made an official announcement to the world saying its passengers were no longer allowed to take 2 pieces of luggage into the cabin. 

I’m also equally surprised why another policy too soon. It may be a sign that earlier plans did not go down well. I have just been browsing the internet for the latest news about luggage and travel bags. As someone who enjoys travelling, I always try my best to keep myself well-informed.

How has the hand luggage policy changed?

Ryanair’s previous luggage policy allowed passengers to take a large bag (55cm x 40cm x 20cm) and a small bag (35cm x 20cm x 20cm) on board to be stored in the cabin at no extra cost. The policy was introduced to ease delays. Certain passengers had failed to adhere to the policy. Instead, they were taking bags three times the permissible size. As a result, this caused flight delays.

What is the current baggage policy?

The new policy has set up 2 distinct categories of passengers

(1) Passengers with no priority

(2) Passengers with priority.

Non-Priority Passengers

The new rule requires passengers to purchase Priority & 2 Cabin Bags prior to travelling. Those who fail to do so, on the boarding day, are only permitted to bring 1 small bag on board. The passenger’s second 10kg bag will be tagged at the gate and put into the hold free of charge.

(1) The passenger’s small bag should not exceed 35x20x20cm and should easily fit under the seat in front of them.

(2) The passenger second 10kg bag of a maximum size of 55x40x20cm in size should also fit into the sizes at the gate and be tagged and stored in the hold free of charge. Failure to comply will result in incurring a charge of €50 per travel item at the departure gate.

Priority & 2 Cabin Bags

However, for those passengers who purchase Priority & 2 Cabin Bags, Flex Plus, Plus or Family Plus are allowed to bring their two cabin bags on board(1 bigger cabin bag and 1 small cabin bag) on board.

(1) The passenger’s small bag should not exceed 35x20x20cm and should easily fit under the seat in front of them.

(2) The passenger second 10kg bag of a maximum size of 55x40x20cm in size should also fit into the sizes at the gate.

Advantages of Priority & 2 cabin Bags 

(1) Guarantee your 2 cabin bags on board

(2) Get first access to overhead lockers

(3) No waiting on hand luggage at the carousel.

When & Where To Buy the Priority & 2 cabin Bags

Passengers are free to purchase online – up to a time limit (2 hours before) or on the go using the Ryanair app – up to 30 minutes before your flight departs.

Here are the reactions to the newspaper article on Ryanair’s New Cabin Policy.

Here are the opinions and reactions to the introduction of the controversial new cabin policy.

BBC News

Ryanair is tightening the rules on what passengers pay to take luggage onto the plane, in order to “speed up boarding.”

The Guardian

‘Ryanair’s new hand luggage rules – and the bags to beat them….
Ryanair is introducing yet another baggage policy, just months after the last one flopped because it caused plane turnaround times to stall, as wheelie bags piled up on the tarmac.


Ryanair hand luggage policy changes: What are the new rules and how will they affect passengers? 

iNews The Essential Daily Briefing

Ryanair cabin luggage allowance changes: here’s what the new baggage rules actually mean There will now be a charge for checking in a small wheelie.

The Telegraph – Travel News

Everything you need to know about Ryanair’s controversial new baggage rules….
Ryanair is changing its baggage policy yet again, a move that will further restrict what passengers can take on its aircraft for free. Here we outline how the changes will affect your trip. What is Ryanair doing? Overhauling its baggage policy… again.


Ryanair cuts its cabin baggage allowance AGAIN
Budget airline Ryanair is changing its baggage policy for the second time this year – unless you pay at least £6 for priority boarding, you’ll only be able to take one handbag-sized carry-on into the cabin on flights from 1 November.


You may also want to check on previous travel bag news updates.

Travel Luggage News Update- The Cabin Okay Initiative

The World’s First Duffle Suitcase

Ryan’s Luggage Policy on Cabin Baggage – BBC Report

Adventure Travel Luggage – Case Study 

Luggage News- Gossip

Transparent Suitcase: A New Design 

Airline Baggage 

How does Ryanair compare to other airlines? 

I travelled with Ethiopia Airlines in 2018 and it lets passengers take on board 2 bags. The first and second checked bag was free. Conditions were: the weight of 1 bag should not exceed 23 kg (50 lbs)/158 cm (62 inches) max. In addition, passengers can take1 piece Carry-on baggage with a maximum weight of 7kgs.

Hopefully, you enjoyed this latest update on travel luggage. Please feel free to leave any questions you might have below. Also, to share your ideas and opinions.

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