Easyjet halves cabin bag allowance in drastic change

From the 10th February 2021 passengers traveling with EasyJet, Britain’s biggest budget airline, will find that the cabin baggage allowance has been cut in half. Meaning that your bag must now fit under the seat in front of you.

Easyjet halves cabin bag allowance in drastic change: The airline has said that this measure “Will enable travelers to bring all the essentials for their journey or enough for a short trip.” The move comes after rivals Ryanair downsized their cabin bag allowance. However, in the case of Easyjet, there is no option for a passengers to pay extra to bring a larger bag onboard, unlike Ryanair’s policy. Travelers who pay extra on easyJet flights will still be able to bring 2 bags onboard. But this only applies for the extra payment for “upfront” or extra legroom seats.

Everyone else will find that the new limit for cabin baggage is 45x36x20cm which equates to a volume of 34.2 litres. The current limit is 63 litres or 56x45x25cm, almost double the new allowance. EasyJet have stated that the move is actually of benefit to passengers. Saying “The limited overhead locker space on aircraft has meant that customers can’t always be certain they will have their cabin bag onboard with them.

The new policy will also reduce queue times during boarding. And other associated delays which occur due to putting excess cabin bags in the hold. And so the move will lead to improved punctuality for all customers.”

All seats that allow extra bags to be carried on are at the front of their aircraft. And it remains unsure how the overhead locker room will be allocated.

The editor of the UK’s biggest frequent flyer website, Head for Points, Rob Burgess, said. “It is disappointing to see easyJet following Ryanair and Wizz Air with charges for using the overhead bins. A lot of their core business passengers will find that their laptop bag does not meet the guidelines for fitting under their seat.

With passenger demand not predicted to return to 2019 levels until at least 2023, it seems foolish to alienate customers in this way. British Airways will be delighted to see some clear water opening up between their policies. And their biggest UK competitor for short-haul business passengers.“ It is interesting to bear in mind that British Airways allows 2 pieces of cabin baggage, both weighing up to 23kgs.


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