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European Parliament clears the air on carry-on baggage fees

Airlines forced to let go of hand luggage charges as EU Parliament passes resolution

Source: Marca

From now on, traveling by plane will be a different process for millions of passengers in Europe who wish to travel with carry-on baggage.

Airlines, especially low-cost airlines, used to charge passengers for their hand luggage, but this is going to be left behind after the resolution of the European Parliament.

The body has ruled that airlines are obliged to make this type of item free of charge and no longer ignore the measures.

According to the resolution of the European Parliament's Committee on Petitions (PETI), the European Commission is asked to list carry-on baggage as an indispensable item.

Thus, airlines will no longer be able to impose their prices for objects that can be carried in the cabin and can be transported without posing a security or space problem for other passengers.

A decision that comes after a disastrous month of August in Spain, with several companies sanctioned.

According to Facua, Ryanair, Vueling, Easyjet and Volotea were the subject of several complaints for charging passengers who flew with these companies for hand luggage.

More EU measures against airlines

In 2014, the EU Court of Justice ruled that carry-on luggage should be free of charge, but until now it had not been respected by the airlines, which also added more impositions.

From now on, the weight and measurements for cataloging suitcases will be standard for all airlines, thus putting an end to the rules of each one regarding what they consider to be a carry-on bag.

They will also have to change their behavior regarding the information given to passengers when providing data such as the price or time of the flight, asking the EU airlines to be more transparent in this regard.

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