Passport hand luggage rules

Hand luggage: Travellers are warned to remove a certain item before boarding

Passengers who want to save money are choosing to travel with just hand luggage in a bid to prevent additional charges.

Yet many airlines are catching on and making them put their suitcases in the hold.

Ryanair has recently changed their hand luggage rules with passengers having to put them in the hold for free or purchase £5 priority boarding to keep it in the cabin.

Yet for people who put their suitcase in the hold, many are falling victim to an easy mistake to make, causing huge problems when boarding.

A number of stories have emerged of poor travellers who have their suitcases taken at the airline gate.

Travellers are forgetting to remove their passports from their hand luggage before putting it into the hold

Travellers are forgetting to remove their passports from their hand luggage before putting it into the hold.

Many airlines take the hand luggage from them when at the airline gate, causing the problem.

This then means, when trying to board, they are unable to do so.

Not only this but when departing at immigration, it causes problems for travellers who have no documentation with their baggage being on the other side.

One passenger was forced to get his friend to go through immigration to retrieve his bag for him.

Passport hand luggage rules

Hand luggage: Leaving a passport in a suitcase can have consequences at immigration

They told Telegraph: “I had to wait behind the line at the desk until a friend brought me my passport.

“I don’t know what I would have done otherwise. Airlines should tell you to keep your passport with you when they take your bag.”

Twitter users also explained their own own travel woes after being caught out.

One girl explained: “Only I would manage to leave my passport in my bag that got put in the hold, so I am stuck at passport control with no passport.”

Twitter user Jonny O’Connell wrote: “If you put your passport in a hold bag, when you get to immigration at the other end you’re going to have a bad time.”

Passport hand luggage rules

Hand luggage: Airlines now take suitcases at the gates

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently has no warnings or travel advice regarding passports being left in hand luggage.

Ryanair advise that travel documents are not permitted in checked baggage in their terms and conditions.

In ‘8.4 Checked Baggage’ it reads: “You must not include in Checked Baggage […] business documents, passports and other identification documents or samples.”

It is also a danger if a passengers luggage is lost in transit.

Britons lose £12 million a year when it comes to their suitcases, according to Direct Line.

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