Last Minute Holiday? Ryanair Delays its Controversial New Cabin Bag Policy Until 2018

There’s some good news for travellers who have booked flights with Ryanair as the airline has postponed its new cabin bag policy until January 15th, 2018.

The controversial move by Ryanair will see the airline axe its free 10kg carry-on bags for everyone except those with priority boarding.

Passengers who do not pay its €5 priority fee will have to check the larger of their two cabin bags (10kg, 55cm x 40cm x 20cm) into the hold at the boarding gate.

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These 10kg bags can be checked free of charge, and the smaller item, such as a handbag or laptop (up to 5kg; 35cm x 20cm x 20cm) can still be taken on board.

The new policy will see passengers receive new, colour-coded boarding passes, and “non-priority” customers refusing to comply with its terms “will not be allowed to travel (without refunds)”.

Speaking about the decision, Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: “We will delay the introduction of our new cabin bag rules until 15th January 2018, to allow our customers more time to familiarise themselves with the policy changes.

From January, we will be restricting non-priority customers to one small carry-on bag, which will speed up the boarding of flights and eliminate flight delays.”

He added: “We have already introduced the first phase of the new bag policy which offers our customers lower bag fees for a 33 percent increase in their check-in bag allowance. This will lead to fewer customers with 2 carry-on bags at the boarding gates, which is causing flight delays.”

For more information, visit ryanair.com.

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