Ryanair, the-world’s-favourite-squeeze-more-out-of-you airline is set to change its cabin baggage policy.

In a bid to tackle late departures, Ryanair says that passengers who haven’t booked a priority ticket, will only be able to carry on “one small” cabin bag – you will have to check your larger items.

Previously all passengers were allowed to take on two pieces of baggage, one small handbag and a larger suitcase like cabin bag, but that’s all set to change from January 15th. Now if you want both bags with you on the plane you will have to have a priority, Flexi Plus or Family Plus ticket. If you’re a standard ticket holder, your larger item will have to go in the hold – although that will be for free. The only catch is you’ll have a longer wait time at the airport at the end of your destination as you’ll have to pick it up from baggage reclaim.

Want to keep both sets of baggage with you on the plane? You’ll have to cough up €5.00 for a priority boarding pass, at the time of booking or €6 up to one hour before the flight.

It’s not all bad news though, Ryanair has lowered the price of its checked baggage from €35 to €25 each way and raised the limit from 15kgs to 20 kgs.

What will I be able to take into the Ryanair cabin with me?

If you are a standard, non-priority customer, you’ll only be permitted to bring on one small cabin bag. If you bring larger cabin bag, you will have to put it into the hold.

Your handbag must be no bigger than 35cm x 20cm x 20cm your cabin bag or suitcase must be no bigger than  55cm x 40cm x 20cm and 10kg in weight.

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Time for change

Speaking about the policy change, Kenny Jacobs said,

“We will delay the introduction of our new cabin bag rules until 15th January 2018, to allow our customers more time to familiarise themselves with the policy changes. From Jan, we will be restricting non-priority customers to one small carry-on bag (their wheelie bag will be placed in the hold, free of charge at the boarding gate) which will speed up the boarding of flights and eliminate flight delays.

“We have already introduced the first phase of the new bag policy which offers our customers lower bag fees for a 33% increase in their check-in bag allowance. This will lead to fewer customers with 2 carry-on bags at the boarding gates, which is causing flight delays.

“The new cabin bag policy will be implemented for all travel after 15th January 2018, and we hope our customers will enjoy the savings of our new simplified bag policy.”