It’s never really surprising when budget airlines try to nickel-and-dime their passengers, but fans of EasyJet are likely to be disappointed by its latest move. Starting February 10, 2021, the airline will start charging passengers to use overhead bins. Small carry-on bags will need to be placed under the seat.
Right now customers are allowed to store cabin bags, including rolling suitcases, in overhead bins at no extra charge. Now, to travel with a large carry-on (one that does not fit under the seat in front of you) you’ll have to buy a more expensive ticket, like an Up Front or Extra Legroom seat, with prices ranging from $10 to $40 more expensive than the basic fare. Travelers with a Flexi fare and members of the airline’s frequent flyer programs will still be allowed to store their carry-on for free.
Travelers with an existing booking for after February 10 will be able to check a large cabin bag free of charge.
As reported by the BBC, according to Robert Carey, chief commercial and customer office for EasyJet, “Punctuality is important to our customers and we know that if they have their bags placed into the hold at the gate due to the limited space onboard this can cause flight delays, and it can be frustrating for them too. Our new policy will improve boarding and punctuality for everyone, as well as give our customers certainty of what they will have with them onboard.”