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EU must tackle airlines arbitrary rules on One carry-on bag

Ahead of the proposals the European Commission is due to present in the coming months to review air passenger rights, the European Parliament debated today the “one carry-on bag” rule imposed by certain airline companies. In particular EP Members addressed the excessive and often arbitrary restrictions faced by passengers on their hand luggage.

AYLWARD_90.jpgALDE MEP Liam Aylward (Fianna Fáil Party, Ireland) said: “Stories about passengers who are forced to check their hand luggage due to inconsistent, excessive and often arbitrary restrictions are common and while sometimes comical in their absurdity, are often costly and frustrating for the passengers. These actions are contrary to passengers’ rights and represent a breach of competition law”.

 According to Mr. Aylward:” often what is allowed for the outgoing flight is inexplicably not permitted for the return journey”. In definition of  what items are essential or non-essential, the inclusion of airport retail purchases as baggage and the dimensions of bags allowed, vary from airline to airline and often from airport to airport. “This lack of clarity across the EU causes confusion and expense.  It makes travel difficult and where enforced excessively is resulting in a marked decrease in airport retail sales“.

For Liam Aylward industry must collectively and uniformly set common upper limits for restrictions which would give passengers greater clarity when packing, shopping and travelling. “What are needed are measures to harmonise commercial practice concerning hand luggage to protect passengers and allow them to carry a reasonable amount of hand luggage, including purchases from airport shops.”

MEISSNER_90.jpgALDE coordinator in the Transport Committee Gesine Meissner (FDP, Germany) said: “Free movement of goods and people is one of the most significant and consistent achievements of the EU. In this respect we need to set a sensible EU framework on hand luggage. We cannot leave passengers at the mercy of the current excessive and arbitrary restrictions imposed by airlines at the boarding gates”


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