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As if carry-on luggage rules couldn’t get any stiffer. easyJet has rolled out a new concept for carry-on luggage and is asking passengers to pack less, travel with small cases or else you could see your luggage go into the hold.

easyJet has been warning passengers for a few months now that their carry-on luggage rules would change come July. Well, that time has finally come and passengers onboard easyJet flights will have to start packing smaller suitcases for their trips. It’s called the “Cabin Bag Guarantee.”

Essentially easyJet hasn’t changed its carry-on luggage allowances. Instead it has created a new sizing scheme that guarantees passengers travel with their cabin bags. We’ve all seen it. You’re taking off on a flight to Barcelona and the flight attendants are frantically trying to stuff, push, prod, move coats and bags of duty free goods around to make space for more Samsung Spinners. Occasionally, on such flights, some of the cabin luggage has to be put down into the hold.

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The new rules, explained:

If you travel with a piece of cabin luggage no larger than 50 x 40 x 20 cm, easyJet guarantees it will travel with you in the overhead lockers.

easyJet passengers can still travel with a slightly larger bag, no larger than 56 x 45 x 25 cm (including handles and wheels), but on some busy flights your bag may have to be check and put down into the hold at no extra charge. The only inconvenience is that you’ll need to wait at the baggage carousel for it upon arrival.

The point is, if you want your bag to travel with you inside the cabin, you’d better get your tape measure out and check that your bag fits within the new dimensions.

Got it? Have you ever been caught for carry-on luggage that was too big?

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