MONEY-SAVING holidaymakers are making their toddlers drag suitcases on-board planes to escape baggage fees, according to Ryanair.
Fewer passengers than ever are checking bags into the hold and are instead avoiding charges by bringing more hand luggage into the cabin. Just one passenger in six now pays to check in luggage on Ryanair.
Ryanair’s chief financial officer, Neil Sorahan, said the airline is considering a review of its second bag allowance as passengers were starting to “take the piss.”
“I’ve seen two-year-olds wheeling a bag up to the plane as people try to take advantage,” he said.
However with prices of up to £90 (€100) for a 20 kg bag – sometimes costing more than the flight ticket itself – it is understandable that even families with two-year-olds, who like adults are entitled to bring a 10 kg suitcase and a second small bag on free, would have all members bring hand luggage into the cabin.
Ryanair admits that takings were falling as a result of this, but that didn’t stop the airline from making a €443 million profit in the last three months.
Sorahan said: “We’re very generous with our cabin baggage allowance; a 10kg case and a second small carry-on. If everyone does that there’s no issue. It’s the people coming with the kitchen sink that could change the policy.”
“The vast majority of people play by the rules but some don’t. Unfortunately some bring massive backpacks and things that don’t fit under the seat. We’ve been a little bit lax or nice – we are victims of our own niceness,” he added.
Ryanair passengers who do bring oversized baggage for the cabin risk being charged £50 (€55) to put them in the hold.