This week, easyJet announced it is to change its hand baggage policy in February, which brings it more in line with its low-cost competitors. The media has latched on to this as a ‘charge for using overhead lockers’.
Currently, anyone can take one ‘full-size cabin bag’. That is the equivalent of a small wheelie suitcase or a large holdall. For anyone who has an easyJet Plus card, or books an Upfront or Extra Legroom seat, they can take an additional small bag (maximum small rucksack size) which fits under the seat in front.
From February, easyJet is inverting the policy, so instead of everyone being allowed a ‘full size’ bag, you’ll now just be allowed a small bag to fit under the seat in front. With easyJet Plus cardholders/Upfront Seats still being allowed to carry the two.
You would have probably have noticed that on full flights it can be extremely difficult to find somewhere to put your things in the overhead lockers, and this, of course, has a knock-on to punctuality and departure times. As ever with low-cost airlines, the only way they know how to change behaviour is to charge.
The ‘easy’ way to remember this is if you want to take more onboard with you, book an upfront seat.