The measure provides that travelers pay to use the compartments above the seats, which can normally be used free of charge.
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Almost all airlines allow you to take a suitcase of certain dimensions and weights with you as hand luggage at no additional cost. Now the British low-cost airline EasyJet has changed its guidelines and charges passengers who want to use the compartments located above the seats a higher rate.
The airline announced that the measure will take effect from February 10th. From this date, travelers who do not want to pay a more expensive ticket are only allowed to carry a small hand luggage bag under their seat. The company said the change would help improve flight punctuality, BBC News reported.
EasyJet's new baggage policy caused controversy on social media. Some customers agreed to the change and said it would "free up space," but many more were critical.
“A terrible move by EasyJet. Like Ryanair, they monetize every opportunity in a race to the bottom. There will be other low-cost airlines that will not follow suit, ”wrote a Twitter user.
Absolutely terrible move by @easyJet to remove their free overhead cabin bags. How Ryanair monetize every opportunity in a race to the bottom.
There will be other low-cost airlines that will not follow suit, who will surely make hay with it.
– Yonny1975 (@ Yonny1975) December 1, 2020
One internet user reported that although he bought it before the measure was announced, the terms of his flight had changed. "I imagine the terms have a small letter you can use to do this, but it's not right, is it?" He shared in a concerned tweet.
How the change will affect EasyJet passengers
Currently, all customers can fly with a carry-on bag up to 56 x 45 x 25 cm, so they can store small bags with wheels in the top lockers.
According to the new rules, carrying a suitcase of this size as hand luggage costs extra. Prices range from £ 7.99 (nearly 215 Mexican pesos), which is more expensive than a standard fare, to £ 29.99 (about 800 pesos) on longer flights.
If you buy a more expensive Flexi tariff or are a member of the airline's frequent flyer program, you can bring one small and one large piece of hand luggage, provided there is space on board.
EasyJet customers with an existing reservation for travel on or after February 10th who no longer wish to pay can check in a larger piece of hand baggage in the aircraft room free of charge.
Airlines have been hit hard by travel restrictions during the coronavirus crisis and are looking for ways to cut costs. In November, EasyJet reported losses of £ 1.27 billion (nearly 34 billion pesos) from January to September 2020 as revenues fell by less than half. It is the first time the airline has posted annual losses in its 25-year history.
EasyJet expects to fly only 20% of its normal capacity next year. A spokesman said the baggage policy change was being considered before the pandemic.
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