With Christmas now feeling like a distant memory, many people's thoughts inevitably turn towards holidays for the new year ahead. But whether you want to book a short weekend away with a partner or a full on summer break with the family, the last thing you need is being caught out by hand luggage at the airport.
Every airline has set luggage rules that differ slightly, ranging from weight to physical dimensions. If you don't stick to these then you could face a fine .
So before you pack your bags it is worth swatting up on the latest airline luggage information. This way you can avoid an unwelcome start to your holiday before you have even made it on the plane.
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Below is a list of five popular airlines - that all fly out from Gatwick and Heathrow between them - and what they say about hand luggage.
A small personal bag is allowed on all Ryanair passenger fare types, but it must be able to fit under the seat in front of you. The maximum dimensions are 40cm x 20cm x 25cm.
All cabin baggage bigger than this will be refused at the boarding gate or, where possible, put within the hold of the plane. However, this will cost £69.99 with the fee subject to VAT on domestic flights at applicable government rates.
Check it at the Bag Drop desk before going through security if you are unsure whether or not your hand luggage is acceptable. Visit Ryanair for more information.
One small cabin bag per person on board is allowed for free. EasyJet says it must be a maximum size of 45 x 36 x 20 cm (including any handles or wheels) and has to fit under the seat in front of you.
Your bag is allowed to weigh up to 15kg but the airline says that you should be able to lift and carry it yourself. Any bags larger than this - or any additional bags - will be placed in the hold at an airport bag fee of £39.99. Visit easyJet for more information.
Passengers can take one piece of hand luggage on board for free but Jet2 says it must weigh no more than 10kg and be no bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, including any wheels and handles. If your hand luggage exceeds this it will need to be checked into the aircraft hold and you could have to pay an additional fee.
You can also bring a small, personal item on board (for example a handbag, laptop bag or airport purchase) but it must be put underneath the seat in front of you. Visit Jet2 for more information.
TUI Airways allow passengers to carry one piece of hand luggage of up to 10kg for free. The maximum dimensions of any hand luggage are 55x40x20cm.
You must be able to lift your hand luggage into the overhead compartments yourself. Items such as laptops, handbags and other pieces bought at the airport must fit within your hand luggage.
Please note though that if you booked a TUI holiday that uses a different airline then you must stick to the airline's luggage rules. Visit TUI for more information.
Each British Airways passenger is allowed to carry one piece of hand luggage and one small item on board. The hand luggage must not be bigger than 56x45x25cm and the small item must be no bigger than 40x30x15cm.
If any of your hand baggage is over the size or weight limit you will need to check it in and it will count towards your checked baggage allowance. This could incur an extra fee at the airport rate. Visit British Airways for more information.
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