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1. Posted by aah2 (Budding Member 28 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Hello,

I'll be going to London and traveling around to a few countries via airplane. Most of the flights are booked through EasyJet. I'm planning to purchase an extra 23 KG worth of luggage for all the flights. I'm bringing one checked bag and two carry ons. Do you think this is sufficient? Or should I purchase more luggage space? In general, how were your experiences with EasyJet in terms of their baggage policy?

Thanks!

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 444 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Easyjet are usually very strict about carry on.
It does vary flight to flight but I'd be surprised if they let you take 2 pieces of luggage into the cabin.
The last time I used them they insisted that women could only take 1 piece INCLUDING their hand bags and were charging extra for a 2nd carry on.
I'd stuffed loads into one carry on and also had my laptop in my hand but they insisted I forced it into my hand luggage or paid extra.
That was 3 years back but I doubt they've changed as that's one of the areas they make their profit from.
I'd be surprised if Ryanair are different.

3. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1103 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

I used Ryanair in France/Switzerland in December 2017. I had a 35L backpack (just small enough for carry-on) and a camera bag of size 30cm x 20cm x 20cm (quite large) and had no trouble getting both into the cabin without question. It probably depends flight to flight and whether or not the crew-member is over-zealous.

4. Posted by Sarahelainecp (Inactive 34 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Both airlines enforce their rules strictly, and Ryanair have gained a bit of notoriety by insisting that carry on baggage is taken from people at the gate and loaded in their cargo holds anyway if it doesn't fit under the seat in front - for free - because their bins fill up. Easy jet don't do that, but can still be strict on dimensions.

I'd also question carrying two bags just because of hassle. If I am checking bags in, I take the absolute minimum into the plane. These are short flights - you don't need much apart from anything too precious to put in the hold. And on Ryanair in particular the more you carry the more likely they are to take it off you at the gate to put in the hold, which they don't do if you only have one small bag that fits under the seat in front. Also, you're going to have to carry any carry on bags around the airport, bring them into the toilet with you, and so on. For two hours a time, because Europe really means its security check time. If you're checking a bag in anyway, the lighter you pack the less hassle.

I've never had a problem, but it's worth saying that I rarely pack anywhere near the full 23kg when I take hold baggage. I find it annoying to physically carry more than 15kg total - I'm 5'2" and a wimp. So when you say "is [23kg] sufficient" I would say aim to pack a lot lighter, for your own good. Remember that European cities are old. This means that you will likely be carrying your bags yourself - not all hotels/hostels are in areas where the taxi can get right to the door. Only the most upmarket or friendly places will offer to carry your bags to your room. Hotels in old buildings don't always have lifts, or if they do, don't always have step free access to your room on that floor. City centre hotel rooms are also tiny compared to the USA or modern hotels in Asia.

My rule of thumb is to accept you might have to do laundry on the road if you're going for more than two weeks. Never, ever, pack a bag you can't carry up two flights of stairs yourself whilst smiling (unless you are disabled or pregnant - most people will help you if you have an actual problem - although I have had to carry bags myself whilst very very pregnant so that's still a slight gamble unless you phone ahead to check).

So in terms of your packing, pack a test bag at home, weigh it on some bathroom scales, and check what you can actually carry before you pay for more than one check-in bag!

5. Posted by woinparis (Inactive 145 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

I have seen lunatics in both companies strictly enforcing the rules. The handbag in the main bag, the bag with the milk bottle of the baby being considered as a separate bag and a nice hoatess stressing an old lady to put her book into her bag because if not it was 2 items. We had to pay once a hefty supplement for 1-2 Kgms too many with Ryanair on the way in but nobody bothered to check on the way back.
As a rule they are both strict and can be real strict.
I also saw easyJet close the gate and refuse passengers who were just 2 min late. Not related with luggage but just damn strict about their rules.

6. Posted by Fransglobal (Budding Member 11 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

I have never used Easyjet.

Ryanair allow two pieces of free cabin baggage. But unless you have paid for priority check-in, the larger bag will be taken from you at the gate and put in the hold. For free. There are weight and size limits on each piece of baggage.

Full conditions in Article 8 here:

https://www.ryanair.com/ie/en/useful-info/help-centre/terms-and-conditions/termsandconditionsar_696869348

[ Edit: Edited on 23-May-2018, at 07:09 by Fransglobal ]

7. Posted by westwind57 (Full Member 77 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Sarahelainecp

Both airlines enforce their rules strictly, and Ryanair have gained a bit of notoriety by insisting that carry on baggage is taken from people at the gate and loaded in their cargo holds anyway if it doesn't fit under the seat in front - for free - because their bins fill up. Easy jet don't do that, but can still be strict on dimensions.

In addition to Sarahelaine's post: Both are strict on dimensions indeed, but I know for a fact that Easyjet does the same thing as Ryanair too. I have been flying to Geneva from Amsterdam a couple of times in the last few years and saw this happen at least on two occasions. They reserve that right: See here. On busy flights, when they think the bins are filling up, they will take the carry-ons from the people who enter the boarding area (sort of a Wild-West corral) after a certain point in time. From there it will be put in the cargo hold.

From what I have seen is that most people do understand. Except it is usually certain categories of people (read: diplomats, and the like...) making a huge fuzz about this.

8. Posted by Fransglobal (Budding Member 11 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

Ryanair now definitely will put the bigger bag in the hold (free of charge), unless you have paid priority check-in.

Though it is currently thinking of reviewing this policy:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/ryanair-luggage-rules-baggage-check-in-bags-carry-on-gate-flights-a8365546.html?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1527094406

9. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1103 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

Deleted (update posted above).

[ Edit: Edited on 29-May-2018, at 11:16 by Borisborough ]

10. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 794 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

I've never used either airline, but question why you feel you would need more luggage. We just got back from a month-long trip to England and each took a carry-on (that we checked) and a school-book-sized backpack. That was plenty for a month. Don't take a lot of things you won't use. Generally, if you wouldn't use it at home, you won't use it on a trip.

Enjoy your trip.