Brits heading on holidays this summer with the likes of British Airways, Ryanair, easyJet, Wizz Air, Jet2 and TUI should take note of hand luggage rules – or face costly extras at gate.
Airlines each have their own policies on what bags you can bring on board for free. Usually this is no more than one or two small bags, if you're flying in economy.
Get it wrong, and you could end up having to pay extra to check-in a bag or have it placed in the hold.
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To give you a helping hand we've put together a guide to various airlines' hand luggage rules.
We've stuck to rules for economy cabins (if you're lucky enough to be flying business or first class, your allowance will likely differ).
Check out our guide below…
easyJet hand luggage rules
What you can bring for free: One small bag measuring max 45x36x20cm including handles and wheels. The bag MUST fit under the seat in front of you.
Want more? You'll need to pay extra for a second bag on board. Those who pay for Extra Legroom or Up Front seats can bring a second bag in the overhead locker, and prices for this can range from an extra £7.99 to £34.99.
An alternative is the 'Hands Free' option where you pay £7 each way to bring a larger cabin bag for the hold, at Bag Drop.
You can find out more on the easyJet website.
Jet2 cabin bag allowance
What you can bring for free: One small personal item – such as a laptop size bag or handbag – that can be placed underneath the seat in front of you. You can also have a larger bag weighing no more than 10kg and measuring no more than 56x45x25cm including the wheels and handles.
If your larger bag weighs more than 10kg or is larger than the maximum measurements, you'll be asked to check in and you'll need to pay a fee.
Want more? Bags larger than 10kg or the maximum measurements will need to be checked in, and will count towards your checked bags allowance.
You can find out more on the Jet2 website.
Ryanair hand luggage rules
What you can bring for free: One small personal bag such as a handbag, backpack or laptop bag, measuring no more than 40x20x25cm.
Want more? For a second bag, you need to pay to add priority boarding. This allows you to bring your small personal bag, as well as a 10kg wheelie bag measuring no more than 55x40x20cm. Alternatively you can also pay to add a 10kg check-in bag option to your booking.
Find out more on the Ryanair website.
What you can bring for free: One piece of hand luggage weighing up to 10kg and measuring no more than 55x40x20cm. If you have a handbag or laptop bag, this will need to be able to fit into your larger bag.
Want more? You'll need to add checked luggage to your booking, which comes at an extra cost.
However, take note; if you've booked a TUI holiday which includes flights with a different airline, you'll need to adhere to that airline's policy instead.
You can find out more on the TUI website.
What you can bring for free: One bag weighing no more than 10kg, and one of the following; a handbag, small backpack or rucksack. (Economy or Premium cabins only). Babies and toddlers aged 0-23 months are entitled to one bag each weighing up to 6kg. Kids aged two or over have the same hand luggage allowance as adults.
Want more? You'll need to have a ticket that includes checked luggage such as Economy Classic or Economy Delight, which both include a bag weighing up to 23kg.
You can find out more on the Virgin Atlantic website.
What you can bring for free: One personal bag such as a laptop bag or handbag measuring max 40x30x15cm – this includes any handles, pockets and wheels.
You can also bring one cabin bag weighing no more than 23kg and measuring no more than 56x45x25cm.
While your handbag/laptop size bag is guaranteed to travel with you in the cabin, on busier flights you may need to check in the additional larger bag.
Want more? Any extra bags will need to be checked-in and will count towards your checked luggage allowance. Some British Airways fares include this as part of the booking, but if not you may need to pay extra.
You can find out more on the British Airways website.
What you can bring for free: One bag measuring no more than 40x30x20cm that must fit under the seat in front of you, such as a handbag or laptop bag. It must not weigh more than 10kg.
Want more? If you want a second bag, you can upgrade to a WIZZ Priority booking which includes an additional cabin bag measuring no more than 55x40x23cm and weighing no more than 10kg. Alternatively you can also pay to add checked luggage to your booking.
These measurements don't include wheels but the airline says that these "must add no more than 5 cm to the size of the bag".
You can find out more on the Wizz Air website.
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