Travellers cheat to get around airline baggage restrictions

Around 10% of travellers surveyed by Skyscanner admitted to trying to sneak an extra bag into the...

Around 10% of travellers surveyed by Skyscanner admitted to trying to sneak an extra bag into the cabin. (Serghei Starus/shutterstock.com)

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Faced with shrinking in-cabin luggage allowances, most airline passengers feel they can do little more than complain. But one fourth of international travellers surveyed by Skyscanner take their discontent one step further, finding ways around restrictions they find too drastic.

Twenty-five per cent of those surveyed admit to wearing their most voluminous articles of clothing on the plane to free up room in their carry-on. Even more defiant, 10% of travellers confessed to bringing an extra bag with them to the gate in the hopes of sneaking it past the airline personnel.

Currently, each airline is free to set its own regulations regarding in-cabin luggage allowances, so it is no surprise that passengers are often confused about just what they can bring to the gate.

Eighty-nine per cent of those surveyed said they would like to see industry-wide standards applied to all carriers to reduce this confusion. In the meantime, nearly 60% of travellers reported to being caught off guard and forced to pay an extra fee at the gate to bring their bag on board.

Skycanner points out that easyJet is the least generous airline when it comes to the size of carry-on luggage (50x40x20cm, unlimited weight) while Spanish carrier Iberia is the most generous (56x45x25cm, unlimited weight).

Carried out during March 2014, the survey questioned 2,500 travellers in the UK, Spain, Germany and Russia.


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