Travel warning for anyone taking hand luggage on flights - Ryanair, easyJet, BA & Jet2 bag restrictions

Ryanair plane flying

Ryanair allows one small personal bag

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 19/08/2023

- 04:01

Updated: 02/10/2023

- 08:52

Travellers should check restrictions before jetting off as many airlines have different rules on cabin bags

With the August bank holiday fast approaching, some Britons may be planning to head to the airport for a staycation break or to go abroad.

There are some travel rules all holidaymakers need to follow when heading to the airport. This includes restrictions on carry on liquids and weight and size restrictions on baggage.

Carry on baggage can be particularly restrictive and getting this wrong could incur costly fees at the check in desk.

Here are the cabin bag rules for Ryanair, easyJet, British Airways and Jet2.

British Airways plane at airport

British Airways allows two bags to be brought on board



All flights include one small bag, with a handbag or laptop bag being the optimal size.

It must be no bigger than 40x20x25cm and fit under the seat in front of you. Holidaymakers can pay extra for a second cabin bag which must be less than 10kg and 55x40x20cm.

If that's not enough room, checked bags can be purchased at 10kg or 20kg.


Travellers get one free carry on bag that must be less than 45x36x20cm.

Larger cabin bags can be booked for an additional fee and they must be less than 56x45x25cm, including any handles and wheels.

Plus members and those who have booked a FLEXI fare can bring on the second cabin bag free of charge.


Jet2 allows travellers to bring two cabin bags on board, free of charge.

The main bag must be no larger than 56cmx45cmx25cm and weigh less than 10kg. A small second bag, such as a handbag, can also be brought on board and it needs to fit under the seat in front.

Woman with luggage at airport

Travellers should check the cabin bag restrictions before heading on holiday


British Airways

BA also allows holidaymakers to bring on board two bags, included in the price of the flight ticket.

A larger bag of up to 56x45x25cm can be taken on board, however this may need to go into the hold on busier flights.

A small personal bag can also be taken on board. This is guaranteed to go in the cabin.

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