Last Updated on January 6, 2022 by Henry @ The Getaway Lounge
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We’ve all been there pre-flight – just how strict are easyJet with hand luggage size and weight?
It’s a question we’re often asked by our members, so here’s the latest rules which came into effect February 2021.
easyJet are relatively strict and state that unless you pay for a large cabin bag, an upfront seat or an extra legroom seat, you’ll be limited to one small bag which must fit underneath the seat in front of you. Your bag must fit in the sizer otherwise you risk having to pay extras at the gate.
If you’re travelling light and looking to maximise your free allowance, check out our favourite Underseater designed especially for this purpose, fitting to the centimetre.
If you’re happy to pay the extra, and you’re looking for a great value, full-size carry on which fits perfectly within easyJet’s larger cabin bag limits, we recommend this Maximum Allowance Suitcase on Amazon.
easyJet’s hand luggage policy depends on your seat selection, and if you don’t pay for the larger cabin bag, an upfront seat or an extra legroom seat you’ll be limited to the following:
Free allowance – 45 x 36 x 20 cm (including any wheels or handles with no weight limit)
If you do decide to pay the extra, you’ll be allowed to bring a full-size carry on as follows:
Full-size hand luggage allowance – 56 x 45 x 25 cm (including any wheels or handles with no weight limit)
You’ll also be able to bring on board the smaller bag, as defined above for the free allowance.
Like all major airlines, easyJet allow liquids in your hand luggage as long as they are contained with a volume of no more than 100ml.
In addition to this, all liquids must be held in a transparent, resealable plastic bag.
This is probably the most common question when it comes to easyJet’s hand luggage.
And there’s only one simple answer.
They have rules which you must adhere to, otherwise you risk having to pay a penalty.
You’ll find pages and pages of opinions online, with a whole range of stories on whether people got away with an extra centimetre or not – but the truth is you’ll never know until the day.
Other people’s experiences are irrelevant, especially given the last few years of struggle for the travel industry – they are likely to be monitoring the situation more closely.
If your bag is checked and doesn’t fit in the sizer, you’ll be forced to pay extra.
With all that said – if you are to take the risk with a slightly oversized bag – make sure your bag is soft-edged, like a backpack for instance.
That way you’ll have a better chance of squeezing your luggage into the sizer if needs be!
If you’re risking it with a slightly over-sized bag, then checking in online absolutely makes a difference.
By doing so you’re more likely to get through the gate before boarding.
By not checking-in online, you give yourself a better chance of being asked questions at the easyJet desk!
Besides, you should always check-in online if you plan on taking hand luggage only for your holiday.
This way you’ll have plenty of time to get tackle security and relax in the airport.
If you’re travelling light and looking to maximise your free allowance, check out our favourite Underseater designed especially for this purpose.
If you’re looking for a great value, full-size carry on which fits perfectly within easyJet’s larger cabin bag limits, we recommend this Maximum Allowance Suitcase on Amazon just under £60.
If after reading this post you are now thinking about paying to have your luggage placed in the hold, here’s the deal:
The price of your checked-in baggage depends on your destination and where you book.
Online the costs starts at around £10, compared to the bag drop desk where you’ll have to pay around £40.
It is therefore advisable to book online at the time you book your flights.
If you don’t buy checked baggage, a fee of around £50 per item will be charged at the gate – plus any additional excess baggage charges where applicable.
For more details you can check out easyJet’s terms and conditions and scroll down to “bags” at the bottom of the page here.
Rules are rules, and you’re vulnerable to easyJet’s hand luggage policy if you don’t have a bag within their limits.
It is of course best to comply, and so we recommend checking out the recommended bags above allowing you to maximise your allowance.
That said, if your bag is soft-sided, only slightly over the limits and you’re happy to take the risk – then there’s a chance you might just get away with it!