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Easy Jet... cabin bags

I haven't flown with SleazyJet in years, but may well be doing so for a trip to Blighty as Luton is the closest airport to my UK destination. The blurb say I pay for a checked bag, no problem, and there is 1 cabin bag included. Now for me that's ok, but Mama G will want a carry on (both our carry on cases fit in the "does your cabin bag fit in here" metal things) and the dreaded handbag, a normal sized one not a bloody great thing... will that be ok, or are they mega strict on 1 means 1?
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Old 14.02.2017, 15:12
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I haven't flown with SleazyJet in years, but may well be doing so for a trip to Blighty as Luton is the closest airport to my UK destination. The blurb say I pay for a checked bag, no problem, and there is 1 cabin bag included. Now for me that's ok, but Mama G will want a carry on and the dreaded handbag, a normal sized one not a bloody great thing... will that be ok, or are they mega strict on 1 means 1?
One bag means one bag and they do check. You can bring a handbag/laptop bag too if you are an easyJet Plus cardholder, FLEXI fare or Upfront or Extra Legroom customer. You can take a duty free plastic bag too.
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Old 14.02.2017, 15:26
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Re: Easy Jet... cabin bags

From my experience, it all depends on how full the flight is. LGW -> GVA on a Sunday evening, very strict. Middle of a weekday, less so.
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Old 14.02.2017, 15:28
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Re: Easy Jet... cabin bags

One means one. I normally put my handbag inside my trolley bag just whilst going through the gate and boarding.
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One bag means one bag and they do check. You can bring a handbag/laptop bag too if you are an easyJet Plus cardholder, FLEXI fare or Upfront or Extra Legroom customer. You can take a duty free plastic bag too.
Not quite my experience the last 2 times I flew with them (over the last 3 weeks ZH to Amsterdam). If you check in at the airport certainly they check, but these days I think most people check in online and they only enforce the bag rules at the gate if the flight is full.

On the first flight I took 3 weeks ago they were letting people on with trolley cases much bigger than allowed and shoulder bags. The flight was delayed slightly as there was no room for all these bags and passengers couldn't board in time (although crew were taking some cases to put in the hold towards the end). On the return flight, again, they were letting passengers on with oversize cases to the point where they announced half way through boarding that they would not let any more cases on board, just handbags. That was hardly fair to those like me who just had a small rucksack.

I got into quite a long discussion with them on their FB page and they promised to look into it.

Apart from that though, I've never really had a problem with EJ, the staff are generally very friendly and helpful. And the ZH Adam flights they have cans of Punk IPA - 5 euros each, but when you're only paying 60 return, I don't mind that at all.
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Old 14.02.2017, 15:30
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One bag means one bag and they do check...
And sometimes they're pretty rude about it. Last time I boarded I had my purse still out, because I wanted to take my motion sickness medicine (no time prior to boarding). The cabin attendant was pretty snarky about "1 bag means 1 bag and you need to put your purse in your bag now. If it doesn't fit then we will check the big bag and charge you."

I said thanks very much, would you mind getting me some water to take my motion sickness medicine before I put my purse away, or shall I vomit on you as you come through with your cart?
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Old 14.02.2017, 15:31
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Re: Easy Jet... cabin bags

Like Tom says..

I have seen the staff walk down the line and tell people one bag -- means one bag.. Not one bag plus a handbag, or one bag plus a rucksack or plus the bag of duty free..

"..It's not a bag it's my handbag.." I've heard many ladies saying.

I think they check that more than the size of the bags, i've seen near regular size suitcases in the cabin before.
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Old 14.02.2017, 15:33
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Re: Easy Jet... cabin bags

I knew I hated EasyJet... the guys who make up the fares model must be from the planet Zog

The normal fare with 1 checked bag an 2 carry on's is CHF173.

The normal fare with 2 checked bag an 2 carry on's is CHF228 (she would only have her handbag then).

A flex fare is CHF 1052, just so she can take her hand bag.

Business class with BA is CHF 892 2 carry ons and 2 checked bags, who would actually book a SleazyJet Flex ticket?
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Old 14.02.2017, 15:34
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And sometimes they're pretty rude about it. Last time I boarded I had my purse still out, because I wanted to take my motion sickness medicine (no time prior to boarding). The cabin attendant was pretty snarky about "1 bag means 1 bag and you need to put your purse in your bag now. If it doesn't fit then we will check the big bag and charge you."
I got that snarky treatment too from the gate ground staff at Basel. I got "Put that in your hand luggage now or you'll have to pay for your hand luggage to go into the hold." The lady in front of me gave me a duty free carrier bag to use, so problem solved.
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Re: Easy Jet... cabin bags

Since cabin space is quite limited, Easyjet will happily take your cabin baggage in the hold of the plane. So when you drop off your checked luggage, just ask the staff if you can also drop off your cabin luggage - that way you'll be able to take another bag with you on the plane. That's how I've been doing the last 3 years.
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I knew I hated EasyJet... the guys who make up the fares model must be from the planet Zog

The normal fare with 1 checked bag an 2 carry on's is CHF173.

The normal fare with 2 checked bag an 2 carry on's is CHF228 (she would only have her handbag then).

A flex fare is CHF 1052, just so she can take her hand bag.

Business class with BA is CHF 892 2 carry ons and 2 checked bags, who would actually book a SleazyJet Flex ticket?
You could purchase up-front or extra-legroom seats or she could become an easyjet plus card holder, then she can have her handbag too.
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Old 14.02.2017, 15:49
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Re: Easy Jet... cabin bags

My experience is that it also depends on the airport.

Basel are mostly relaxed except on very busy days.

Gatwick can be pretty anal but maybe it depends on who is on duty as I've also walked on with stuff that was clearly too big.

Alicante will typically let you board with whatever you want but then start fussing inside the cabin and put stuff into the hold.
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Old 14.02.2017, 15:52
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Re: Easy Jet... cabin bags

Here is one trick that ?ve picked up.

One bag normally means one bag not including the stuff you by in duty free.

So I keep one duty free carrier bag from every airport I viist regularly and put my extra stuff in that. Never had an issue.

You just have to watch out for when the design changes.
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You could purchase up-front or extra-legroom seats or she could become an easyjet plus card holder, then she can have her handbag too.
I checked and the last EasyJet flight I took was in 2009, so an plus card would be a waste of time, the extra legroom tip could be the answer though... thanks
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Re: Easy Jet... cabin bags

They're very strict, and downright nasty about it at times; particularly on the Luton run.
In recent years I've simply taken to putting my handbag into a duty free bag from the relevant airport.

PS; I see Amogles bet me to it, and uses the same trick!

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Since cabin space is quite limited, Easyjet will happily take your cabin baggage in the hold of the plane. So when you drop off your checked luggage, just ask the staff if you can also drop off your cabin luggage - that way you'll be able to take another bag with you on the plane. That's how I've been doing the last 3 years.
This is one of the tricks I used to use, however on some busier routes (mainly London) they have cottoned on to this one and won't do it anymore.

The duty free bag is another good trick, as is simply carrying the smaller handbag on your forearm and draping a coat/jumper over it. Both have worked for me a few times.
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Re: Easy Jet... cabin bags

Well, my experience with Basel are that they are often really nasty, to the extent that they deliberately create conflict situations sometimes.


On occasion, they've refused to allow us to check in hand baggage, they've argued over the definition of one bag (apparantly two childrens roller bags, which fit together into the holder and are securely tied together count as two bags, unless you put them into a big black binbag, in which case they count as one bag), and we've witnessed serious fights with passengers.


The rules are simple: one bag, no additional handbag, and you might be lucky or unlucky about enforcement.
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Re: Easy Jet... cabin bags

I fly EasyJet quite a lot, and overall I like them. But they do seem to have got stricter with their carry-on policy. I'm sure they never used to mind handbags but now they do -- certainly on full flights, anyway. I sometimes have a sort of man-bag thing for my paperwork and iPad, but I make sure it fits into my carry-on... or if I'm wearing a coat, I simply put my coat on over it to conceal it, and always get through. A friend I was travelling with recently had a biggish second bag that he couldn't hide, and had to pay 60 euros to check it in.

So to the OP, if it's not a big handbag, try to fit it into the carry-on. The duty-free bag tip is good too. Hadn't thought of that.
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I have a special waistcoat..... and fortunately they have never asked me to empty all the pockets. Holds considerably more than my handbag.
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Re: Easy Jet... cabin bags

Definitely one means one. But if you pay an extra 9 quid (ish, no idea in chf) for speedy boarding you can take an additional cabin bag. Plus you'll be nearer the front and have more chance of the bacon butties not being sold out.

They are sods on the Luton run. My OH tends to have a lightweight rucksack (empty) in his cabin baggage in case they decide it's too full on the plane and everything needs to go in the hold. They tried to make me put my baby bag in the hold once when Little Rufus was around 18 months old because "it does not look like a baby bag". It did not end well for the Easyjet lady.
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