Baggage restrictions on hand luggage will be relaxed from today at many UK airports(January 7th), but easyJet will not be amending its policy, the low-budget carrier claimed.
The government announced that the restriction limiting passengers to one piece of hand luggage would no longer be mandatory at 22 UK airports, but easyJet claimed that it would leave the one bag rule in place on its flights.
EasyJet flies from 14 UK airports, of which seven now face a lifting of restrictions, but the airline claimed that confusion over prices and charges made it easier to leave the current system in place on all its departures. Andy Harrison, easyJet’s chief executive, said "There is massive scope for customer confusion in an environment where UK airports are adopting different policies. The only way to maintain a simple and standard policy is to maintain our one bag policy." He added that easyJet would continue to resist attempts from BAA Airports to manipulate bag charges, claiming: "They increased charges when the restriction was introduced and now they want to increase charges again to remove it."
The 22 airports where regulations will change have seen restrictions lifted on the condition that security checks will be made tougher.