Ryanair baggage rules: Man shares genius hack for avoiding new hand luggage fees

Ryanair‘s new cabin bag policy has come into effect leaving passengers having to fork out extra cash if they want to bring a second bag on board.

But one Brit has found quite the loophole – and he’s revealed how you can do the same with a tongue-in-cheek video on his Facebook page .

While passengers are having to choose whether to pay for a second bag or stick to one small handbag (not ideal when travelling), Lee Cimino decided there must be an alternative.

So he did what anyone would do, and proceeded to sew all of his holiday clothes into the inner lining of his coat, as well as using them for extra storage. (In fact, he even got a helping hand from the local tailors to help him carry out the plan!)

Problem solved – no hand luggage, just a coat. Albeit a slightly bulky one.

Filmed by one of his friends, Lee can be doubting his plan as he heads to the plane admitting, “I don’t think this is going to work”.

Lee shared his genius hack on Facebook

The queue at the gate proves particularly tense as he notices: “So we’re getting on now but it looks like they’re properly checking every one.”

After all, the coat does appear quite bulky – and although he’s not technically breaking the rules, staff could question his alternative method at the gate.

But then… success! Lee makes it onto his flight to Belfast, with all of his holiday clothes and no need to pay any extra fees.

There’s even a small plastic bag in which he can carry his liquids and gels, complying with usual airport security rules.


Since Lee – who says in the video that he ‘loves Ryanair’ and has flown with them frequently – has shared the video it’s already garnered thousands of views, with some users quipping that he should take the idea to Dragon’s Den.

Under the new Ryanair policy, you will only be able to bring one piece of hand luggage on board – unless you pay extra.

He wore the tailored coat on a trip to Belfast

The choice is between paying £6 for priority boarding when booking (£8 if you choose to add this to your booking later) which allows you to bring a second cabin bag on board, or paying £8 for an extra bag of up to 10kg.

It is good news for some passengers though – those who had planned to bring a second bag anyway and can make use of the lower fare for the 10kg bag, compared to the usual £25 for a bag of up to 20kg.

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