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Hand luggage on airplanes to be made free of charge: when the EU will cancel surcharges

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Hand luggage on airplanes to be made free of charge: when the EU will cancel surcharges

The European Union plans to abolish additional fees for hand luggage. Authorities have proposed that airlines adopt uniform standards for size and weight. Find out more about when changes are possible

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The European Union has launched an initiative to abolish the collection of additional fees for hand luggage on board an airplane. Airlines are proposed to set uniform standards for the size and weight of passengers' backpacks and bags.


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The EU wants to make hand luggage free for air travel: what is known


The European Parliament's Committee on Petitions has unanimously adopted a resolution calling on air carriers to provide their customers with the opportunity to bring hand luggage on board free of charge. This initiative is aimed at solving two key problems.


First, the introduction of common standards would simplify travel for passengers using interconnected flights. Second, it would avoid hidden additional costs that tourists often find out about at the last minute.


Already in 2014, the European Court of Justice recognized that hand luggage of limited size should be available to passengers during air travel. However, this decision was only advisory and was not supported by airlines.


Now this issue is back on the agenda. The authors of the resolution propose to set specific parameters for "smart luggage" and call on all 27 EU member states to adopt uniform rules.


As you know, today each air carrier sets its own requirements for hand luggage that can be taken on board for free. 


Usually, the cheaper the ticket, the more the passenger will have to pay for exceeding the limits. This practice is often used by European low-cost airlines. However, passengers often learn about these additional costs only at the check-in counter. 


The initiators' proposal for free baggage will be considered in October.




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