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Offline turkeyfoot

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Ryanair on board luggage allowance
« on: January 07, 2018, 11:28:41 AM »
Hi
For those not aware from Jan 15th only passengers who have paid for priority boarding will be able to take two bags onto the plane.
Everyone else will be allowed to take one small bag on board, such as a handbag or laptop case.
Larger carry on bags will have to be handed in at the departure gate. These will travel in the hold, free of charge, to be collected at the baggage carousel.
Wonder how long it will be before they charge to place the larger baggage into the hold?
Geoff


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Re: Ryanair on board luggage allowance
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2018, 10:34:06 AM »
Hi
Please see below an article on the subject. The last sentence sounds ominous .

Ryanair’s latest change to its cabin-bag policy has triggered fury among passengers, with one saying he feels “held to ransom” by the airline. But Europe’s biggest budget carrier insists the policy will benefit travellers thanks to more punctual departures.

The allowance of free bags remains the same: a large case no more than 10kg and 55 x 40 x 20cm, plus a smaller bag no bigger than 35 x 20 x 20cm.

Travellers take these through security to the departure gate.

But unless the passenger pays extra for priority boarding, the larger case will be removed at the aircraft gate, tagged and placed in the hold. At the destination airport, the bag will be unloaded into the luggage system, appearing on the baggage carousel.

The change was announced last summer. It was initially planned to be introduced on 1 November, but was postponed until 15 January as the airline sorted out the problems with pilot rostering which led to mass flight cancellations.

At the same time, the airline has cut fees for some checked-in bags and increased the weight limit from 15 to 20kg. A checked bag on an off-peak flight will cost £25, down from £35, except “during peak travel periods (Christmas/Easter/Summer) and on selected routes”.

Many Ryanair passengers have contacted The Independent about the changes. Robin Griggs, a frequent flyer between Manchester and Carcassonne in south-west France, said: “Frequent flyers do not like waiting at the arrival hall to pick up their bags, it adds 20-30 minutes to the journey time.

“Effectively you need to pay more. How can they do this on existing bookings? I feel I am being held to ransom.”

Others appear to have misinterpreted the rules, with one saying “He [sic] has changed the hand luggage sizes”. Another called the change “baffling”, asking: “Is this the dreaded ban of wheelie cabin bags we have heard rumours of?”

James Robertson asked: “Can the company change the terms like this on flights already booked?” It can, because passengers accepted, when buying the ticket, that the bag might be placed in the hold. This has now changed from a possibility to a certainty – unless the passenger pays £5 for priority boarding.

Another passenger, Elizabeth Thompson, asked: “Is this just another Ryanair way of making more money?”

In fact, say the airline, the package of changes will cost it €50m (£45m). The airline’s director of marketing, Kenny Jacobs, told The Independent it was “the most-flagged policy change ever”.

He said that when the two-bag policy was launched, the airline’s load factor – the proportion of occupied seats – was 81 per cent, leaving 34 seats empty on a typical flight. It has since increased to 96 per cent.

“It’s simply physics that you can’t have 185 people on an aircraft with a wheelie bag and a rucksack,” said Mr Jacobs.

“Too many people were coming to the airport with too much stuff. We were keen to protect the two-bag rule.

“So we asked, ‘how do we protect the punctuality?’ What we’ve got is an elegant and fair solution for customers.”

As Ryanair’s terms and conditions make clear, paying extra is not an absolute guarantee that a large case can be carried into the cabin: “Passengers who have purchased Priority Boarding will not be asked to place their cabin bag in the aircraft hold, unless necessary due to operational reasons.”

The airline warns passengers: “Failure to comply [with cabin baggage rules] will result in a charge of £50 per item at the departure gate.”

Geoff
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Re: Ryanair on board luggage allowance
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2018, 08:07:25 PM »
I'm always amazed at the size of some of these bags classed as hand luggage. I wouldn't be surprised if a fair few were bigger than the size allowed.
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Re: Ryanair on board luggage allowance
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2018, 08:58:46 PM »
Hi
In case the second bag/case is taken from you at the departure gate, it would be advisable to ensure that it contains no valuables , and is of a type that would survive the trip in the hold and conveyer belt.
Geoff
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Re: Ryanair on board luggage allowance
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2018, 10:53:35 AM »
Hi
In case the second bag/case is taken from you at the departure gate, it would be advisable to ensure that it contains no valuables , and is of a type that would survive the trip in the hold and conveyer belt.
Geoff
Hi
Just read that consumer group, Which,  have warned passengers that expensive items such as laptops, camera's and laptops that may end up in the hold will not be eligible to claim for any loss or damage under most travel insurance policies.
They say that five major insurers - Direct Line,Churchill, Axa, Aviva and LV all exclude cover for valuables placed in a plane's hold.

Although I believe that if this is the case, you could claim against your home Contents Insurance, if you are protected for personal items away from home. Very often most home contents policies give far more protection for personal possesions away from your home than do travel insurance policies
Geoff
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