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Check out these new rules for taking hand baggage on Ryanair flights

The changes will apply to all existing and future bookings

From November this year passengers travelling on Ryanair flights will not be able to take their wheelie cases on board the plane with them.

The Dublin-based airline is ending its policy of allowing non-priority passengers to have two items of hand luggage and passengers will only be able to take a small bag such as a handbag or laptop bag on board and will have to put their wheelie bags and cases in the hold free of charge.

Ryanair said it made the decision because flights are being delayed because of a lack of space in overhead lockers.

By changing the policy, Ryanair will cut delays and save money. That keeps fares down, but it means passengers will have their own delay, waiting for their bags to come off the carousel at the other end.

Priority boarding customers will continue to be able to keep both bags with them on the aircraft.

Ryanair also announced it is increasing its check-in bag allowance from 15kg to 20kg, and reducing the standard fee from £35 to £25 for a 20kg bag, The MEN reports .

The airline's chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, said he hoped the changes will "eliminate flight delays" caused by not having sufficient overhead cabin space on busy flights.

He went on: "These bag policy changes will cost Ryanair over 50 million euros (£46 million) per annum in reduced checked bag fees.

"However, we believe offering bigger bags at reduced fees will encourage more customers to consider checking in a bag, which will reduce the high volume of customers we have with two carry-on bags at the boarding gates, which is causing flight delays due to large numbers of gate bag and cabin bag offloads."

The changes will apply to all existing and future bookings.

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