Revealed: Cabin luggage sold as 'fitting Ryanair' can't be taken on board for free - MSE News

Top high street stores such as Debenhams and Argos have been selling cabin luggage billed as suitable for Ryanair even though you'd have to pay extra to carry it onto the plane, a MoneySavingExpert.com investigation reveals...
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  • TELLIT01
    TELLIT01 Posts: 16,256
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    Ryanair change their luggage rules and regulations almost as often as their pilots and cabin staff threaten to take strike action. It's probable that the luggage in question did comply with Ryanair requirements before the last change.
    Passengers do need to check that the quoted sizes still comply with current Ryanair requirements. A friend of ours very nearly got caught out with the latest change. They had been regular Ryanair flyers, but hadn't flown with them for over a year. She had booked again for later this year and it was only when we were talking to her that she realised that the size permitted had changed - again.
  • Voyager2002
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    I do hope that all these retailers have been paying royalties to Ryanair for the use of their name.
  • bowlhead99
    bowlhead99 Posts: 12,295
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    Seems like a slow news day to be getting too agitated about this. The "MoneySavingExpert.com investigation reveals" that bags which can be put in the overhead lockers in a Ryanair flight cabin have been marked as fitting Ryanair cabins. Shock horror. :D

    Passengers who don't want to pay to use the overhead lockers are only allowed to bring a little bag that fits under the seat. As MSE notes, passengers willing to pay to use the overhead lockers can bring "one small bag into the cabin which must fit under the seat in front of them (40cm x 20cm x 25cm), as well as an additional 10kg bag which must fit into the baggage sizer (55cm x 40cm x 20cm)".

    The stores sold bags of size 55cm x 40cm x 20cm and said they would fit in the Ryanair cabin. Which they would. They can go in the overhead lockers. It's not the bag shop's fault that Ryanair charge for carrying bags of that size, but they certainly do let them into the cabin if they fit that size and don't weigh over 10kg.

    Those bags would not be able to cram under your seat, so you would have to pay extra to take them, as the 'additional 10kg bag'.

    If they were selling bigger bags (e.g. 55x45x25) which would fit in (e.g.) BA or Easyjet cabin but not Ryanair, it would be very misleading to mark them as Ryanair Cabin Approved or Fits Ryanair, because they are too big to be allowed in the Ryanair cabin. That would be newsworthy. It's quite useful to have the 'fits in Ryanair cabin' sticker on a 55x40x20 bag so that people know it can fit on Ryanair as well as the 'normal' cabins of other major airlines.

    When booking with Ryanair they always tell you your luggage options and it's quite clear that you can stuff a small bag under your seat and there's a size limit on the larger one you can put overhead. If shoppers see the sticker and are thinking, "oh that means it is a small bag that I can cram under my seat and take it for free, even though it looks like it has twice the volume of the ones allowed to fit under the seat", the shoppers should ask themselves whether it is likely to really mean that or whether it means it fits the larger size limits for taking a bag into the cabin full stop.
  • Caraway90
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    This seems like a non-story to me. Those suitcases are the correct size for Ryanair hand luggage! If you were planning on booking a flight with Ryanair you would take the time to read and understand the baggage rules. The standard allowance used to be one small backpack and one hand luggage sized suitcase. Now it is not, but this is clearly explained on their website, and the sizing has not changed.
    FTB 2017 :D
  • richardw
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    I have an expensive four wheeled hard sided 55 x 40 x 20cm case that I bought many years ago to fly on Vueling, the retailer never told me if it weighs more than 10kg they’d charge me.
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
  • Ah, this is possibly the reason why I’ve just received an unsolicited email from Amazon refunding me for two allegedly Ryanair cabin-sized suitcases I bought the other week?
  • boatman
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    I do hope that all these retailers have been paying royalties to Ryanair for the use of their name.
    I hope Ryanair are paying for the advertising.
  • stoneman
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    I’ve taken probably 6 RA flights this year and 10 last and I’ve
    Never had my hand luggage checked. This is since their compassion offensive
    The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.
  • Does anyone know of any bags that fit the new ryanair standards- i have been paying the £12 so far to take the bags on but i am honestly getting sick of it and i would much rather not.
  • badger09
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    Does anyone know of any bags that fit the new ryanair standards- i have been paying the £12 so far to take the bags on but i am honestly getting sick of it and i would much rather not.

    Cabin Max Metz stowaway 40 x 20 x 25 would fit, holds 20l, (so not much 'stuff')

    I've just bought a Cabin Max Dublin 42 x 28 x 18 which would be fine, as long as its not overstuffed.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cabin-Max-DayPack-student-rucksack/dp/B0077AWQ7G/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=cabin+max+dublin&qid=1573212468&s=luggage&sr=1-1-catcorr

    Holds 21l which is fine for me as I'll have checked baggage on long haul flight. I like it because it has separate, double zipped pocket at the back, which will hold plastic A4 envelope with all my travel doc, money etc:)
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