Ryanair, easyJet, and British Airways hand luggage allowance rules explained

TRAVELLING with hand luggage only can be a great way to save money, especially when flying in economy.

We explain every UK airline’s baggage policy regarding how much can be taken into the cabin for free, as well as which airlines charge for suitcases.

 We reveal how much hand luggage you can take on each UK airline


We reveal how much hand luggage you can take on each UK airlineCredit: Rex Features

What can you take on board as hand luggage?

British Airways

When flying BA, you can bring up to two bags with you into the cabin – so long as they don’t weight more than 23kg each.

One should be a small handbag or laptop-sized bag, and no larger than 40cm x 30cm x 15cm.

The other bag can be a bit bigger, with a maximum size of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm.


Easyjet only allows one piece of hand luggage, with a maximum size of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, including handles and wheels.

While this means you cannot take a second bag such as a handbag onto the flight, easyJet also have the best weight restriction – with the suitcase having no limit.

The airline recently introduced new AR technology on their app to allow you to measure your hand luggage before heading to the airport to prevent being charged.

 Ryanair has some of the strictest hand luggage rules


Ryanair has some of the strictest hand luggage rulesCredit: Getty – Contributor


Last year, the budget airline introduced a new hand luggage charge. and is one of the few airlines which don’t allow a cabin-sized bag for free.

Ryanair customers now have to pay for priority boarding in order to take a suitcase measuring 55cm x 40cm x 20cm into the cabin, costing £6 at the time of booking, or £8 if you add it on later.

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The only baggage that customers can now take onto the plane for free is a small handbag or a laptop.

The maximum dimension for this item will be 40cm x 20cm x 25cm. If your bag is too big then you will have to pay an extra £25 fee to put it into the hold.

Ryanair video explains airline’s new hand luggage policy, charges and how it impacts boarding process


Passengers travelling with TUI can take one piece of hand luggage with dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, weighing no more than 10kg.

Handbags or duty free shopping must also fit into this.

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If you struggle to pack everything into your suitcase, there are some clever tricks and hacks to fitting it all in.

Pill boxes for jewellery and rolling everything can make a big difference to packing lightly.

Sharing bags is advised for Brits who check in their suitcases, in case one of them goes missing before a holiday.



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