In January, Ryanair announced a new policy that required non-priority customers to gate check their larger carry-on bags free of charge. Now, Europe’s largest low-cost carrier is shaking up their baggage rules for a second time. On Thursday, the Irish-based airline released a statement that said passengers will have to shell out if they want to travel with a small carry-on suitcase. According to the new policy, non-priority passengers are still permitted to bring a personal bag (like a handbag) into the cabin for free, but will have to cough up €8 ($9) to check in luggage that weighs up to 10 kilograms (or 22 pounds), CNN reports. Those who purchase priority boarding can bring a personal bag and small suitcase onboard. Plus, the bag that non-priority passengers can carry onboard is now 40 percent larger, at 40x20x25 centimeters, according to BBC.
So, why the change? Under the previous policy, departures were delayed, as over 100 bags needed to be checked and tagged at the gate. “Main benefits of this new policy will be reduced flight delays and cheaper checked bag options,” reads the Ryanair statement. “Pack more liquids into a 10kg. checked wheelie bag. Walk to the boarding gate ‘hands free’.”
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