Hands free is a goal that many people have. Overnight trips are my favourite as I can just take my laptop sized shoulder bag with me and no suitcase on wheels. It makes travelling really pleasant!
Yesterday I mentioned that British Airways allow you to check your cabin baggage in for free. Today I noticed that European low cost carrier easyJet allow something similar and it’s called Hands Free.
Hands Free Fun at easyJet
It looks like more and more carriers are realising that cabin bags are the bed bugs of the airline industry. New solutions are being developed to get less people bringing them on board since there simply isn’t space. easyJet outlines the steps below.
The Hands Free service costs £5 each way or £12 each way for groups up to six people. Since the bags are priority tagged as part of the deal, you should receive them pretty quickly at the other end.
How The Tables Have Turned
Everything old is new again, it seems. Remember when low cost carriers first started? They deliberately made checked baggage charges high to encourage people to bring cabin bags with them.
Now that everyone does that and flights are full, they are attempting to get more people to put the bags in the hold. It’s a funny world, isn’t it?
Since the scourge of cabin baggage is not going away anytime soon, it is interesting to see how airlines are responding to the dilemma. My guess is that airlines will continue to come up with solutions to get people to stop bringing so much on board.
The manufacturers have already done their bit by designing overhead bins that can take more than ever. There aren’t many more options left apart from the empty cargo hold.
Perhaps we should go back to the old Soviet model, where people boarded through the baggage hold, dropped off their bags and then went up into the cabin. Could be fun, right? What do you think? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image by Anna Zvereva, Tallinn, Estonia via Wikimedia Commons.