Airlines with strictest hand luggage rules revealed & the ones that give you LOADS of allowance | The Sun

THE airlines with the strictest and most lenient hand luggage allowances have been revealed – letting passengers know which flights will let them take the most stuff on board.

Baggage allowance is hugely varied between airlines, with some carriers being very generous, while others charge loads for luggage.

By checking before you buy a plane ticket, passengers can work out which airlines will offer them the best value for money when it comes to hand luggage.

This is how airlines from the UK and Ireland get on.


Ryanair are pretty strict when it comes to hand luggage, with basic fare ticket holders only allowed a backpack or small bag measuring (40cm x 20cm x 25cm), that must fit underneath the seat in front.

Passengers can take a small wheelie suitcase measuring 55 x 40 x 20cm on board, but they have to pay for the privilege with a Priority fare which is available from £8 to £32.

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EasyJet offer slightly more than Ryanair to their basic fare customers, with a carry-on limit of 15kg permitted, so long as it fits the dimensions 45 x 36 x 20cm.

Passengers do have the option of paying for more carry on baggage, which can be no bigger than 56 x 45 x 25cm.

A larger bag can be added to a booking from £5.99.

Passengers are also entitled to bring a larger bag when they book either an 'up front' or extra legroom seat, which start at £7.99.

Whichever of those options passengers choose, they will also get priority boarding.


Jet2 are pretty lenient with their carry-on limits, with each passenger permitted to bring a 10kg carry-on bag no larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm.

People can also bring “a small, personal item" on board. This includes handbags, laptop bags or airport purchases, but they must be able to fit under the seat in front.

There are no options to add extra carry-on luggage to a booking.

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin's policy is one of the most lenient of the British airlines, but also not that straight forward.

Passengers are allowed one bag of up to 10kg, or two bags with a combined weight of 16kg, as long as one of those bags doesn't exceed 12kg.

For example, passengers would be allowed two bags, with one weighing 12kg and the other 4kg, but would not be allowed two bags with one weighing 13kg and the other 3kg.

The maximum bag size permitted on a Virgin plane is 23 x 36 x 56cm.

British Airways

British Airways' baggage allowance is by far the most lenient of the UK airlines, with passengers permitted to take 46kg on board, provided it's separated between two bags.

The most a passenger can take in one bag as carry-on is 23kg, but passengers are allowed two bags each in the cabin.

Those two bags can be made up of a hand bag, with a maximum size of 40 x 30 x 15cm and a cabin bag no bigger than 56 x 45 x 25cm.

However, this is subject to there being space and, if the overhead lockers are full, then cabin bags will have to be checked in.

What's more, anyone exceeding the weight limits will have to pay a £65 heavy bag fee.

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