Travellers are taking advantage of baggage rules to avoid fees, says Ryanair

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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.”

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“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.

4 COMMENTS

  1. People fly with Ryanair rather then easyjet because of the extra small bag take that away and people won’t be so choosy who they fly with.

  2. True about the selfish who take advantage of their children taking (or as-if) more oversized baggage that makes boarding and disembarking very tedious…passengers should get used to the idea they don’t need half the things they lug with them anyway !
    Why not offer ‘family only flights’ and an ‘singles only’ on another, similar as in the supermarkets for the few items queue and another for those with a full trolley !

  3. Its Neil Sorahan who is taking the piss does €443 million profit in the last three months.not sound enough .i bet O,Leary will start charging kids who bring on Kiddie cases. why don’t you get a life Neil.

  4. What price has been charged and paid for the child’s ticket? Does the child have a seat? If a full fare has been charged then a full allowance is to be granted. If a 50% fare then a 50% allowance – simple really!

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