The European Parliament has voted to prohibit airlines for charging fees for hand luggage. The indicative vote aims to halt airlines, especially low-cost operators, from charging extra costs for various categories of hand luggage.
Nevertheless, the vote is not binding, but could result in further legislation from the European Commission.
The parliament also recommended the standardization of hand luggage rules between different airlines, to reduce confusion for travellers whose journeys may require more than one flight. The vote was based on agreement that hand luggage was an “essential element” of a journey.
The proposed measure has been strongly opposed by airlines including Ryanair, one of four companies currently fighting a case brought by the Spanish Consumer Ministry. “We are not going to change our hand luggage policy”, said Ryanair, after the Consumer Department threatened hefty fines.
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