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Spanish court declares Ryanair luggage policy 'abusive'
Posted on 09/12/2019


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Last week, a Spanish court ruled Irish airline Ryanair's hand luggage policy was "abusive" and could no longer be enforced in Spain.

This move came after a passenger complained about the changes introduced last year where Ryanair now charge an additional fee on top of their ticket price for bringing anything more than a small bag as hand luggage.


On a flight between Madrid and Brussels, the passenger decided the take the airline to court after staff forced her to pay 20 euros to bring her 10-kilo luggage on board.

The judge decided the luggage, by size and weight, could be easily taken on the plane, pointing to existing Spanish regulation on the issue.

The court ordered Ryanair to refund, with interest, the woman's 20-euro charge but rejected her demand for further compensation.

Ryanair's comment on the ruling is as follows: "This ruling will not affect Ryanair's baggage policy, either in the past or in the future, as it is an isolated case that misinterpreted our commercial freedom to determine the size of our cabin baggage,". However, they declined to comment when asked if they would appeal against the Spanish court's decision but the court has said that its ruling cannot be appealed.