Airlines' cabin bag policies can be somewhat of a nightmare to navigate.
After all, some airlines include hand luggage in your ticket fares, others don't, some ask that you pay extra for a second bag others will let you bring them for free.
Get it wrong and you could end up having to fork out extra cash for a second piece of hand luggage, or even end up having to pay for a check in bag.
Sometimes airlines let you place extra bags in the hold for free – but of course this leaves you carrying your gadgets and essentials onto the plane which isn't ideal.
To give you a helping hand we've put together a guide to various airlines' hand luggage rules including the likes of easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways.
It's worth noting that we've looked at the general rules on hand luggage but check your ticket type as sometimes the rules do vary if you've opted for Premium type tickets.
To make it a little easier, we've listed the airlines included in alphabetical order.
Check out our guide below…
Each passenger is allowed one free handbag/laptop bag weighing no more than 23kg. Dimensions are allowed up to 40 x 30 x 15cm /16 x 12 x 6in.
You are also each allowed one additional cabin bag for free also weighing no more than 23kg, with dimensions up to 56 x 45 x 25cm / 22 x 18 x 10in.
This includes if you have booked one of the airline's hand luggage only fares.
The weight limit applies to each bag – it won't be possible to split the total weight across multiple bags.
The airline says that while your handbag/laptop size bag is guaranteed to travel in the cabin, during busier flights if you brought an additional bag it may need to be checked in.
You can find out more on the British Airways website.
The budget carrier lets you bring ONE cabin bag per person for free. Although there's no weight limit they do ask that you are able to lift it into the overhead locker.
Make sure it's no bigger than 56x45x25cm including the handles and wheels otherwise it won't be able to go in the cabin – and you'll have to pay a fee to check it into the hold.
The airline has a handy in-app tool that uses AR to let you check if it's likely to fit the dimensions.
Cabin space is limited and there’s only room for up to 70 cabin bags so the overhead lockers fill up quickly – all the other bags will be placed into the hold.
You can find out more on the easyJet website.
Each passenger is entitled to one free cabin bag no larger than 55 x 35x 20cm, including the handle and wheels.
You're also allowed one free smaller bag such as a handbag or a laptop case.
The combined weight of your cabin baggage and smaller personal item must not exceed 10KG.
If your cabin bag is too big you won't be allowed to bring it into the cabin and you'll have to pay £50 to place it in the hold.
You can find out more on the Flybe website.
You can take one piece of hand luggage onboard for free which must be no bigger than 56 x 45 x 25cm and must not weigh more than 10kg.
If it is bigger you'll be asked to check it in and pay a fee.
You can find out more on Jet2.com.
Norwegian offers each passenger one carry on bag free of charge which weighs no more than 10kg (15kg if you opted for a PremiumFlex ticket).
You're also allowed one free small personal item (such as a small handbag, laptop case or duty free bag).
The airline recommends you place essentials in the smaller bag in case there isn't space in the cabin and your other bag has to go in the hold (free of charge).
You can find out more on the Norwegian website.
Non priority passengers can bring one free small personal bag which can't be bigger than 40cm x 20cm x 25cm. (Aka a handbag, laptop bag or small backpack).
You can bring duty free bags in the cabin along with your cabin baggage.
If you paid for priority boarding you can also bring a free small personal bag, as well as a cabin bag that must not weigh more than 10kg and must fit in the overhead locker.
The airline offers a 10kg check-in bag option.
You can find out more on the Ryanair website.
Thomas Cook Airlines
You can bring one bag up to 55cm x 40 cm x 20cm in size, and weighing no more than 8kg (10kg if you have a Premium Class ticket) for free.
Alongside this bag the airline also allows extras such as a laptop, overcoat/blanket, a small handbag or small bag with shoulder strap, an umbrella, small camera, reading materials and duty free items.
However, it's worth noting that these will be included within the hand baggage weight limit and must be placed under the seat.
You can find out more on the Thomas Cook Airlines website.
Passengers can bring one piece of hand luggage for free each (excluding infants) weighing no more than 10kg and maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm.
Laptops, handbags and duty free items must fit within your piece of hand luggage and you must be able to lift it into the overhead lockers yourself.
You can find out more on the TUI Airways website.
You can bring one free bag which needs to be a maximum of 23 x 36 x 56cm (around 9 x 14 x 22 inches), and weighing no more than 10kg. You can bring laptops as long as you can fit them into your hand baggage.
Babies and toddlers aged 0-23 months are entitled to one bag each weighing up to 6kg (or 13lb).
As well as your cabin bag the airline lets you bring an extra piece of hand luggage such as a handbag/small backpack, an overcoat, umbrella, small camera, reading materials and a small amount of duty free goods.
You can find out more on the Virgin Atlantic website.
Wizz Air allows one free bag per passenger weighing no more than 10kg and with maximum dimensions of 40 x 30 x 20 cm.
However if you opted for a priority boarding ticket you can also bring a cabin bag that must not weigh more than 10kg and must fit in the overhead locker.
You can find out more on the Wizz Air website.
Source: Read Full Article