It's no secret that flying on Ryanair isn't exactly premium but there's one thing that's been grinding passengers gears for quite some time. And today we've found out exactly how many people are affected by Ryanair checked carryon luggage.
The Irish budget airline has allowed passengers to bring two pieces of carry-on in recent years but this has basically been great for... uh, nobody. Turns out on any given Ryanair flight, 26% of people have to put their carry-on on the hold of the plane.
The research by Which?, a product and service review site, found of 7,500 people surveyed, 26% are "forced to put hand luggage into the hold" because the airline says it doesn't have space in the cabin.
In comparison easyJet asked 15% of passengers to check at the gate and 11% on Aer Lingus.
"While customers have for years been encouraged to travel with hand luggage only, most plane cabins simply don’t have room for all that hand luggage, despite claims from airlines that passengers will only need to check in bags on exceptionally busy flights," Which? Travel said in a press release.
"Ryanair’s Boeing 737 planes, for example, have 189 seats, but its overhead bins fit just 90 cabin cases. So even if the plane is just over half full, some passengers could be left with no option but to hand over their cabin bag"
Ryanair disputed these claims, reports Independent.ie:
"Some of these claims from Which? are untrue"
"Ryanair aircraft can accommodate 190 (not 90) standard cabin bags. However, if each passenger brings up to two permitted carry on bags, then some of these 380 bags will be put in the hold free of charge."
"Far too many passengers are turning up with half the contents of their homes," Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary has said before.
Hmmm. Have you ever had to check your bag at the gate? Did it annoy you?