Airlines' hand luggage rules for 2021

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9th December, 2020 05:26:40 printer

Airlines' hand luggage rules for 2021

Airlines' hand luggage policies can be tricky to navigate. After all, every airline has its own policy around what you can bring into the cabin for free, whether that be one small bag or two.

Get the rules wrong and it could prove costly, especially if you end up having to pay to check in a bag at the airport, or have to pay to get a bag placed in the hold.

To give you a helping hand we've put together a guide to various airlines' hand luggage rules including the likes of easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways.

It's worth noting that we've looked at general rules for hand luggage in economy - so if you've opted for premium or business class tickets, the rules may be a little different. We've also listed the airlines in alphabetical order to make life a little easier.

British Airways

What you can bring for free:

One personal bag such as a laptop bag or handbag measuring max 45x36x20cm including handles, pockets and wheels.
An additional cabin bag weighing no more than 23kg and measuring no more than 56x45x25cm.

This includes the airline's hand luggage only fares. It's worth noting that while your handbag/laptop size bag is guaranteed to travel with you in the cabin, on busier flights you may need to check in the additional larger bag.

If you want more luggage:

Any extra bags will need to be checked-in and will count towards your checked luggage allowance. Some British Airways fares include this as part of the booking, but if you exceed your allowance because you're adding extra hand luggage, then you may be charged.

easyJet
What you can bring for free:

One small bag measuring up to 56x45x25cm including handles and wheels. However, the airline is changing its policy for flights after February 10 meaning the new allowance will be one small bag measuring max 45x36x20cm including handles and wheels. The bag MUST fit under the seat in front of you.

If you want more luggage:

If you want to bring a second bag on board, you'll need to pay extra. Only those in Extra Legroom or Up Front seats can bring a second bag to put in the overhead locker, with prices for these options varying from an extra £7.99-£34.99. You can also pay £7 each way for the 'Hands Free' option which lets you check a larger cabin bag into the hold at Bag Drop.

Jet2
What you can bring for free:

One small personal item - such as a laptop size bag or handbag - that can be placed underneath the seat in front of you

A larger bag weighing no more than 10kg and measuring no more than 56x45x25cm including the wheels and handles.
If your larger bag weighs more than 10kg or is larger than the maximum measurements, you'll be asked to check in and you'll need to pay a fee.

Norwegian

If you want more luggage:

This will need to be checked in and will count towards your checked bags allowance.
What you can bring for free:

LowFare bookings: One bag that can fit under the seat in front of you, measuring no more than 30x20x38cm and weighing no more than 10kg.

LowFare+ bookings: One bag that can fit under the seat in front of you, measuring no more than 30x20x38cm and weighing no more than 10kg, as well as one bag measuring no more 55x40x23cm for the overhead locker. The maximum combined weight for both is 10kg. (Premium bookings have the same allowance but the combined weight allowance is 15kg).

If you want more luggage:

If you want to bring a second bag to put in the overhead locker but you're on a LowFare booking, you'll need to fork out some extra cash, although there are some differing options. You can pay between £5-£9 for a second bag, or pay extra for one of the higher ticket types which include the second piece of luggage.
What you can bring for free: One small personal bag such as a handbag, backpack or laptop bag, measuring no more than 40x20x25cm.

Ryanair

If you want more luggage:

If you want to bring a second bag, you can pay to add 'Priority & 2 Cabin bags' to your booking. This allows you to bring your small personal bag, as well as a 10kg wheelie bag measuring no more than 55x40x20cm. Alternatively you can also pay to add a 10kg check-in bag option to your booking.
What you can bring for free: One piece of hand luggage weighing up to 10kg and measuring no more than 55x40x20cm. If you have a handbag or laptop bag, this will need to be able to fit into your larger bag.

If you want more luggage:

You'll need to pay extra to add checked luggage to your allowance, as any extra bags will need to be checked in. A word of caution - if you booked a TUI holiday which includes a different airline, you'll need to adhere to that airline's policy.

TUI Airways
What you can bring for free:

One piece of hand luggage weighing no more than 10kg. (Economy or Premium cabins only). Babies and toddlers aged 0-23 months are entitled to one bag each weighing up to 6kg.
A handbag, small backpack or rucksack

If you want more luggage:

You'll need to pay for a ticket that includes checked luggage - Economy Classic and Delight both include one bag of up to 23kg.
What you can bring for free:

One bag measuring no more than 40x30x20cm that must fit under the seat in front of you, such a a handbag or laptop bag. It must not weigh more than 10kg.


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