5 control questions for passengers with hand luggage
Hand luggage - 5 questions to think about before buying a flight ticket.
Free hand luggage has long been an obvious part of airfare but not anymore. The baggage rules of airlines are becoming more and more complex, which is why more attention must be paid to them when choosing a flight. Avoid unpleasant surprises in the form of additional fines or surcharges at the airport and look over the 5 most important aspects that should be checked when buying a plane ticket.
1. Most importantly, is hand luggage included in the price?
On most traditional airlines, hand luggage can still be taken on board, but there are exceptions! For example, on Ryanair flights, a regular passenger can take on board only one smaller piece of hand luggage measuring 40 x 20 x 25 cm free of charge, while Wizzair has a slightly larger piece of luggage measuring 40 x 30 x 20 cm. These dimensions include a laptop bag, handbag, small backpack or travel bag, but not a standard hand luggage case. To add a suitcase, you need to buy an additional Priority level (from Ryanair from 6 € / direction, Wizzair from 5 € / direction) or checked baggage (from about 10 € / direction).
2. How many pieces of hand luggage are included in the price?
Most of the world's airlines have two pieces of hand luggage in their price - in addition to a suitcase, there is also a small personal item (handbag, laptop bag, umbrella, camera, etc.). Among the airlines flying from Tallinn are AirBaltic, Lufthansa, LOT, Finnair and others - everyone promises to take two items on board free of charge. Low cost airlines (eg Ryanair and Wizzair) have a one-item limit and this one item must be smaller than a hand luggage suitcase.
3. What are the dimensions of the hand luggage of the selected airline?
Many airlines have set their own dimensions, so you should always check them. If you are still deciding which hand luggage to choose, we recommend using AirBaltic's dimensions of 55 × 40 × 23 cm, as AirBaltic offers the cheapest connections from Tallinn or Riga to the most destinations. The same size is suitable for Lufthansa, Finnair, LOT and Easyjet flights. When flying with Priority level, they are also compatible with Ryanair and Wizzair restrictions.
NB! When reading the luggage rules, note that the wheels and the handle are also included in the measurements! You can place your luggage in the luggage measurement box at the airport for control.
4. Hand luggage weight - how much is allowed?
The most important thing to note is that the weight limit must fit all hand luggage. This means that even if both a suitcase and a handbag are allowed, their combined weight must be within the normal range. For example, in the case of AirBaltic, the total weight of the suitcase and handbag may not exceed 8 kg (although the weight limit can be increased to 12 kg for an additional fee of EUR 11.99). The usual weight limit is between 8 and 10 kilos, LOT allows 12 kg. The friendliest is Easyjet, which at least does not currently set a weight limit on hand luggage.
5. How much does your luggage weigh?
In the case of hand luggage, the headache is usually not so much the measurement of the luggage as its weight. Hardcover cases weigh 2-4 kg freely when empty, sometimes even more. If you travel with an airline that allows you to carry only 8 kg of hand luggage, the suitcase alone is already up to half of what is allowed. If you also want to take a laptop with a charger on your trip, there is practically no stock left for clothes and other things.
A good alternative is to choose a backpack as hand luggage for the plane. It's lighter from scratch than many suitcases, allowing you to take more things with you - no matter which airline you fly with.