Ryanair Cabin Bag Policy 2018

By | July 24, 2019

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. Last time we talked 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 they had 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 on 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 before 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, 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 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. Also, 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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12 thoughts on “Ryanair Cabin Bag Policy 2018

  1. RoDarrick

    Oh! This is very great and comes in handy for me right now.

    I want to book a flight through the Ryanair and I was wondering concerning their cabin bag policy because I heard the rules had changed. 

    I’m delighted with this new policy as I would gladly purchase the priority and cabin2 package since we will be going on a holiday and it requires us to carry lot of things along.

    I also like the fact that we would get a first service at the carousel and that’s a plus for me. Thanks for this informative post

    1. Femia Post author

      Hello, many thanks for the time to read my post, ‘Ryanair Cabin Policy 2018.’

      Also, for leaving great comments.

      I’m pleased to hear that you found my post informative.

      All the best for your future travel plans.

  2. Jen

    Thank you for this article. This is good to know because I like to travel. 

    What is Ryanair, is it just one Airline, and if you don’t like the policy then could you go to another airline? 

    Do you think it’s a good idea that they charge people for cabin bags now or do you think it’s unfair?

    I think it seems kind of unfair because most people when they go on planes they can take some luggage on the cabin by default. 

    But on the other hand, it’s a good point that it could speed up the boarding process.

    1. Femia Post author

      Hi, Jen, thanks so much for the time to read my post, ‘Ryanair Cabin Policy 2018.’

      And thanks again for leaving some invaluable feedback.

      I agree with you that Ryanair is one among other many airlines. This gives travellers the chance to choose airlines with the best terms and conditions.

      Charging travellers is unfair for those who have been abiding by boarding rules.

      To be honest its a mixed bag. Some travellers are happy because it has improved service. It’s now speedy and reliable which takes all the stress out travel.

  3. Darren

    I can see why they had to change the policy as some people would be taking bags 3 times the weight.  

    Why do people do this and ruin it for everyone else?  

    I am not a massive fan of Ryanair but I suppose the policy had to change when people were doing this.

    1. Femia Post author

      Hi, Darren, thanks so much for taking the time to read my post ‘Ryanair Cabin Policy 2018.’

      And for sharing your thoughts in relation to Ryanair’s Cabin Policy.

      You can say that again why people do such things to ruin it for everyone else. This must-have left Ryanair with no choice except to make changes.

      Really enjoyed reading your feedback.

  4. Henderson

    I have never travelled on Ryanair before but because I love travelling, I’m sure someday soon, I’ll be taking the airline so it’s really good to note this update. 

    I guess in the end, Ryanair is doing it for the betterment of all the passengers on board, one of the newspapers say it’s for the ease and speed of boarding. 

    Nobody wants to get held up as well. Thanks for the update, I’ll be back for more.

    1. Femia Post author

      Hi, Henderson, thanks so much for taking the time to read my post, ‘Ryanair Cabin Policy 2018.’ 

      And also for leaving some invaluable comments. I’m really pleased to hear that you found my post useful.

      I agree with you on having as much information as possible before you travel. It helps you make some informed decisions in relation to airlines to use.

      All the best with your future travel plans.

  5. Eric68

    I have traveled in my teens and beforehand. This sounds interesting…

    Flight delays plague some of us!!! I thoroughly enjoyed learning about different airlines… Their policies are obviously different. Now I know that!

    Your article takes us from A to Z.

    I hope that the next time I travel is a success!

    I also agree with taking an airline flight like Ethiopia Airline provides! That’s if it outweighs the competition…

    Thanks for this informative article! Ryanair needs a new plan it seems!


    1. Femia Post author

      Many thanks, Eric, for taking the time to read my post, ‘Ryanair Cabin Policy 208.’

      And for sharing your travel experiences. I’m glad to hear that you found my post informative.

      Good luck with your future journies.

  6. Nazmun Nahar


    Thanks for a great article about the recent Ryanair Cabin Bag policy. 

    You explain very well the previous and recent policy.

    However, I didn’t know that recently they changed their luggage policy. 

    I got so much valuable information today, that I can’t explain. Because me and my family members some times travel by Ryanair. 

    So it’s going to be helpful to know the recent update. 

    Thanks again to let us know all this news, hopefully, next time we will hear more when a new update has come.

    1. Femia Post author

      Hello, thanks for the time to read my post, ‘Ryanair Cabin Policy 2018.’

      I’m really pleased to hear that you found the information informative and useful.

      Keep an eye on my site as I will keep you updated on any policy changes that may affect the way you travel in relation to the luggage you need to  carry.


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