Easyjet Cabin Bag Policy By Chris Beasley 21st January 2020
The Easyjet cabin bag size policy has a modern twist in the way it deals with limiting the amount of free hand luggage its passengers can bring onboard.
These are best set out as per these distinct rules.
There are two scenarios when your cabin bag stops being one. By this I mean it does not fly close by you, but is placed in the hold.
In the first instance, once the limit is reached and as you are at the ‘Gate’ your bag will be taken off you, with receipt and will fly in the Hold. You of course can take any valuables and documents out. Then on landing the passengers can collect these from the carousel as you would for Checked-in luggage.
For the second case, this is, apart from being voluntary, a service you pay Easyjet for. Simply put in their own words “Simply drop your cabin bag off at easyJet Plus Bag Drop, walk past all those unpacking at security, board the aircraft early or at your leisure and we’ll have your bag delivered amongst the first. And if that wasn’t enough we’ll even throw in a fabulous tote bag from our partners at Three, perfect for all your on board must-haves.” Please note that Customers can remove a small item (45 x 36 x 20cm) from their cabin bag and take it on-board with them.
So to simplify this and make it easy, if you don’t want to take a full size cabin bag onboard this will still allow a small one. Hands Free means drop it off at the Plus Bag Drop.
The cost (at writing) (a) £7 per person or (b) as Group of 3 to 6 people a total charge of £16 for all. They call this a Family Bundle….I would be interested to here if a group which are not a family have been able to buy this?
Hands Free benefits
These are the options available above a basic paying passenger flying with Easyjet with regard to Cabin Bags.
I have not gone into details as the last 3 items are out of scope for us but the links may be useful for you.
In summary, once again we see a ‘budget airline’ trying to be innovative in the way it deals with cabin bags and actually the way it treats its customers.
Every (albeit a few) airline in the world enables you to take on the aircraft a reasonable sized bag. This is not just our luggage but often contains things that are dear and important to us. To have to risk this being taken off us and entrusted to other people, ‘baggage handlers’ should not be Easyjets right, but our choice.
We can see this is the way that airlines are evolving to though and in modern travel. Do we have to accept it, well I guess people seem to put up with any rule the airline throw at us.
I vote when it comes to a choice between carriers for a flight to a destination and normally choose based on various criteria which one to fly with.
Strangely enough the way the cabin bag is treated does actually give a clue to the ethos of a company. How they treat their customers and the service to expect. Not that we like to do, but think how will I be treated when things go wrong.
The one good thing we did like was the £16 family Hands Free bundle given you can take a smaller bag onboard. As a ‘cabin bag’ traveler doing short breaks or vacations then I want to hop on the plane and get off sharpish at the other end though and ‘Let your bags be with you’!