Ryan Air announced today that they will start fining passengers who break their hand baggage allowance rules. This includes the preposterous concept that you may carry only a single item of hand baggage and a hand bag are actually one and the same. Yes, thats right, your hand bag must be carried inside your hand baggage no matter how small it is.
I often carry a small handbag with me when I travel containing essentials including passport, travel documents, some money, medications, etc. Something small enough to fit under the seat infront of me. My actual hand baggage normally consists of a Globe Trotter trolly case designed to fit just within the size requirements so no problem there. My Globe Trotter, however, being a traditional piece of baggage, just smaller, has no outside openings or pockets. Once it’s closed and locked doesn’t open easily, perfect in for the security concious. I could carry my hand bag inside my Globe Trotter, but then every time I wanted to access my passport or travel documents it would take 2 or 3 minutes to set it down, open it, remove them, show them to the security team, and then pack up again.
Anyway, I have no intention of complying with this utter nonsense and shall attempt to travel with my reasonably sized hand bag in addition to my hand baggage next time I fly Ryan Air