easyJet advises passengers to travel with hand luggage onlyPA


Most travellers who use budget airlines have perfected the art of packing all their belongings into their hand luggage to avoid extra baggage fees.

But this weekend, easyJet has advised that anyone flying to or from Madrid should carry hand luggage only. Those who don't risk two-hour delays or may even find that their hold luggage doesn't make it on to their flight as a result of a strike of ground handling agents.

The Telegraph reports that the budget airline advised passengers travelling to or from the Spanish airport between Thursday, November 8 and Sunday, November, 11 to mimimise their baggage.

The easyJet website explains that, so far, baggage disruption has been minimal but there are concerns that increased numbers of weekend passengers could cause problems.

As a result, passengers are advised to use two smaller bags that can be taken into the cabin. One can be stored under the seat in front and a second, smaller bag can be placed in the overhead lockers.

Easyjet have also warned customers of a general strike across Europe on Wednesday, November 14. The strike will affect different countries at different times during the day. Spain and the Canary Islands will operate a 24 hour strike from 00.01 to 23.59 and Greece will strike between 12.00 and 15.00.

As a result, some flights will be delayed, rescheduled or cancelled and recommend that customers continue to check the easyJet website for updated information.

Click on the image below to find out what we love to hate about low-cost flying...

  • Baggage restrictions

    No, no, we don't really need to take anything with us on our holiday, honestly. We may be going to Norway for two weeks in January, but a toothbrush, t-shirt and a pair of flip-flops will do us just fine. The book, nappies, wet wipes and baby food ? No problem, they'll slip right into the one bag too, that's fine, don't need them at all, yes stick them in the overhead locker miles away from my seat, too. Marvellous.

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  • No seat pocket

    Remember in the old days when the seat in front of you had a pocket you could stow your bits and pieces, magazines, bottle of water etc, instead of having to strew them all over the floor? They might be saving space and weight, but when your three-year-old starts projectile vomiting and the seat belt sign's on, suddenly a seat pocket full of sick bags makes a lot of sense. Ah, sweet revenge...

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  • Lousy legroom

    Jeez, there's nothing like 29" legroom pitch and a non-reclining seat back to force you to practice your yoga moves. Like human origami, we fold our limbs into unnatural shapes and wonder why we can't feel our feet by the end of the flight. And we're relatively normal! What it's like for a 6ft 7" man, or a 7 month pregnant woman with a 20 month old on her 'lap' doesn't bear thinking about...

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  • Surly service

    OK, when you're paying more for your beer than your air fare, you can't expect silver service, but would a smile hurt? We feel for the cabin crew dealing with leery stag weekenders and bitter businessmen whose companies won't cough up for a proper airline, but it would be nice to be treated slightly more like a human being, less like a walking wallet from whom to extract as much cash as possible in a two hour period. Scratch card, perfume, magazine, £2.50 bottle of water, anyone?

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