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A couple weeks ago I booked a cheap one way flight from England to Paris on Flybe ( Virgin Atlantic is acquiring them btw ). All in, it was a $60 one way flight which promised a carry on bag and a personal item. “Promised” is the key word here, and was seemingly too good to be true. As most things in life…
The airline provides measurements for what is permissible to carry on (55x35x20 cm). As a Christmas gift, I’d just received a Rimowa Original Plus, which is slightly larger than some airlines allow, but I hadn’t had any issues flying on Alitalia or BA, and instead of paying to check the bag ahead of time, I’d wing it.
In addition to that my girlfriend was traveling with a slightly smaller Hartmann herringbone – both were far, far too big to carry on the plane. If you’re an international traveler, I can’t imagine you regularly travel with a carry on that would fit inside the restriction container…my backpack barely fit.
Flybe’s carry-on baggage restrictions ( 55x35x20 cm) are strictly enforced, and you will be required to place the item inside a metal restriction container prior to check-in, and if you make it gateside, and get caught, you could be required to pay 50 pounds vs the 40 at the check in desk. Honestly…I wish we’d just done it at the gate – it seemed they weren’t enforcing it as severely there as at check-in. A man managed to bring on a duffel bag significantly larger than either of ours. Judging by an article in the inflight magazine it sounds as if this is something they are progressively cracking down on, but to me, I’d have paid 10 pounds more to have the chance at avoiding the 40 pound fee we ultimately paid at checkin. To each their own.
Once on board you won’t get any free drinks so I’d strongly suggest buying a bottle of water, taking one from the lounge, etc if you plan on drinking anything onboard. In fact…the drinks provided were quite small. Here’s a look at the diet coke I bought in flight.
Here’s a look at the full menu if you’re interested…
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