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Fifth of Brits take only hand luggage

30 June 2014 09:17

One in five British holidaymakers are just taking hand luggage with them on their travels

One in five British holidaymakers are just taking hand luggage with them on their travels

One in five Britons is now opting to take only hand luggage on a break abroad instead of checking in a suitcase, research has revealed.

A survey of 3,000 holidaymakers by shows 22% jetting off for a two-week trip only take carry-on bags with them in a bid to cut costs and ensure they have more money to spend while away.

Airlines are beginning to wise up to this sneaky move, however, as 34% of travellers are getting charged as a result of their hand luggage being too big or heavy. A handful of carriers have even started introducing fares where passengers have to pay for their hand luggage separately to their seat.

The average cost of penalties for oversized hand luggage is around £26, but RyanAir charges the heaviest fine, with £50 extra for passengers who go over the allowance of 10kg of baggage.

British Airways, on the other hand, allows an 23kg of hand luggage per passenger on a flight, which is considerably more than a large number of airlines will allow in the hold of a plane.

The minimum charge for exceeding hand luggage weight and size limits is £10, according to the research.

Adam Ewart, founder of, says airlines are under the illusion they're breaking down fares so passengers only pay for what they need.

In reality, however, he claims it's really an extra charge on top of everything else that holidaymakers have to pay for.

Travel insurance is something passengers shouldn't try to cut back on. Like booking flights and accommodation, it is a necessity for any holiday. It provides you with peace of mind on your travels just in case your flight is cancelled or you fall ill.