Hand luggage: Travellers may beat size restrictions with this type of bag – but its a risk

From easyJet to Ryanair, every airline has its own hand luggage rules in place – many of which carry an added cost for those found to be in breach of size and weight requirements. However, some nifty travellers suggest they might have a solution.

It comes in the form of a specific type of bag which, according to the frequent fliers, has the ability to overcome size restrictions.

However, opting to try and take a bigger bag than allowed onboard comes with the risk of being denied altogether.

The advice was shared on a Reddit forum.

Many travellers suggested the key is to opt for a fabric or soft bag which can easily be “squashed” into the luggage sizer at check-in.

One traveller said: “I’d say it is likely that if you use the straps to compress the rucksack to the right size and then tie it up, it passes.

“A lot of airlines have a frame type thing at the airport and if your luggage fits into that, it passes.

“I have done this – take a rucksack empty on a trip, because I was buying stuff while away, so it goes out as hand luggage and comes back full as hold baggage.”

A second Reddit user was in agreement, saying: “Someone I’ve travelled with previously got away with a fairly big bag because it was soft and not full.”

Another added: “If there’s any doubt, then rather than take a tape measure out, the check-in agent will ask you to put it into the hand luggage gauge at the desk – one of these things.

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“Provided you can squash it into the compartment at the bottom with nothing sticking out, they’ll be okay with it.”

Of course, the staff member could notice the bag’s actual dimensions, and stand firm to the airline’s policy.

The cost attached to taking oversized luggage varies depending on the airline.

Some airlines are also a lot more lenient when it comes to luggage than others.

British Airways, for example, allows customers to carry one piece of hand luggage as well as one small item such as a handbag or laptop case.

Hand luggage must not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and the small item must be no bigger than 40cm x 30cm x 15cm. Both items can weight up to 23kg each.

Meanwhile, Ryanair is a little less giving with its onboard baggage.

According to the Ryanair website: “All passengers are entitled to bring one small personal bag on board which must fit under the seat in front of you (40cm x 20cm x 25cm).”

Customers found in breach of the set-out restrictions may have to check in their bag at the airport, which can cost up to £50 if done at the airport.

Holidaymakers jetting off with easyJet must ensure their luggage is no larger than 56x45x25cm.

This includes handles and wheels. Bags must be able to fit into the overhead locker or beneath the seat in front.

If found to be too big, passengers may have to check their bag in for a cost of up to £40 at the airport.

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