I often fly with easyJet. Almost on every flight gate attendants inform passengers that due to the high number of passengers some trolleys will be checked in for free, even if the passengers already checked in another bag at the desk before arrving to the gate.
Sometimes gate attendants ask for volunteers, who check in their hand luggage in exchange of speedy boarding.
Recently I was checking in my bag at the desk, when the attendant asked me. "Sir, would you also like to check in your other trolley for free?"
Wow, great idea. With the simple risk of losing the bag during handling I had the comfort of not having to carry that heavy small hand trolley with me, extract and put the laptop back inside for xray scanning, no questions asked by the security officers, etc.
I would like to ask if it is or not standard practice for easyJet or other airlines to allow free checking in of hand luggage, given that the bag the passenger is carrying follows the sizing rules. It would be perfect for traveling with forbidden objects (including your favourite 200 ml bottle of shampoo or shaving blades) without having to purchase a bag check-in allowance. Or just in order not to worry about security officers questioning the items you are carrying onboard (with the risk of being forced to dispose of them).