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Ryanair announced new hand luggage rules earlier this year regarding what can be taken into the cabin for free.

In January, passengers wanting to put hand luggage into overhead lockers must pay for Priority Boarding at £5.

Failing this, the suitcase will then be put into the hold for free when at the airline gate.

The low-cost airline’s CEO Michael O’Leary recently explained how this could soon change in a video prevention discussing the Financial Year 2018 for Ryanair.

He suggested that the new rules could change again in the future.

The hand luggage changes, he admits, have “speeded up gate boardings” thanks to fewer passengers struggling to find space in the overhead lockers.

O’Leary explained that this has resulted in over 100 bags going into the hold for free during busy periods.

If it continues, he warns that this new change could be re-evaluated.

“It is creating a handling issue particularly at peak periods; bank holiday weekends, summer peak periods,” O’Leary added.

“There are many flights where we’re now having to put 100 or 120 gate bags free of charge into the hold.

“If that continues to build, it’s something we may have to look at again.”

O’Leary reiterated fears of the future of aviation, stating that oil prices increasing could mean more problems, as could Brexit.

A recent change for Ryanair passengers to take note of is the check-in times for flights.

This has been reduced to 48 hours before a flight for passengers who don’t reserve a seat.

The change will be brought into place from June 13 this year.

What hand luggage can you take onto a Ryanair flight for free?

Suitcases taken onboard must be no bigger than 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, and weigh no more than 10kg.

This is free for Priority Boarding passengers or put into the hold for free for Non Priority passengers.

Anyone having their suitcase put into the hold should remember to take their passport from it or face problems at customs on the other end.

A smaller handbag or laptop bag can also be taken onboard as long as it is less than 35cm x 20cm x 20cm.

Anything bigger than these in size will pay £55 at the boarding gate.


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