At the moment, if you don’t pay for priority boarding, both airlines let you take one 10kg wheelie bag free of charge through security, but not onto the plane – it is tagged at the gate and put in the hold at no extra charge.
Yet from Thursday, you must pay for priority boarding to take it onto the plane, or if you want to put it in the hold, you must pay for it like any other bags you check in – full prices below. The only luggage you can take into the cabin at no extra charge is a small item such as a handbag or laptop bag.
It’s the second change in hand luggage policy in 2018 for both airlines.
Update 3pm, Thu 1 Nov: The new rules have caused some confusion in check-in lines today, and there are reports of Ryanair staff being lenient over their enforcement as a result. A Ryanair spokesperson told us: “While our new bag policy has come into effect today, we have briefed our gate agents to take a reasonable approach while customers get used to the new rules.”