Standard hand luggage policy for most airlines allows a "single" carry-on bag of (roughly) 50 x 40 x 20cm, "plus a personal item". The baggage allowance for easyJet however makes no mention of a 'personal item.' Should this be interpreted to mean that a second, smaller bag is prohibited (or not free)? Or is it an oversight?

I'm hoping for the experience of someone who has actually flown with easyJet with "one bag + one personal item".

  • Now only 1 item is allowed unless you pay.
    – pork pie
    Mar 28, 2022 at 11:37

3 Answers 3


The answer is no.

Your one ‘cabin bag’ covers a bag, laptop case, brief case, handbag, bumbag, rucksack, carrier bag or wedding dress carrier. Motorcycle helmets are also allowed as/within cabin baggage (providing they follow the relevant size dimensions).

Please note that all these items will be classed as your one cabin bag.

  • That was my suspicion. Thanks. I guess I'll be getting up at 5am to fly with Ryan Air instead of easyJet at noon :)
    – Flimzy
    Oct 3, 2014 at 18:46
  • So, did this change in 2015?
    – einpoklum
    Jun 23, 2017 at 19:19

The answer is yes. Per the easyJet baggage page:

easyJet Plus, FLEXI fare, Upfront and Extra Legroom customers:

One cabin bag as above Plus ONE additional small under seat bag (For example a handbag or laptop) Maximum size of 45 x 36 x 20cm which will need to be placed under the seat in front.

45x36x20 is one of the largest personal items allowed in the industry.

This change was introduced in 2015.

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    Please note that this policy appears to be for people who are paying extra to begin with, so if you're a bog-standard economy customer, 1 bag is probably still the limit.
    – mkennedy
    Jun 23, 2017 at 19:26

@mkennedy already quoted easyjet's policy but I can add a bit of personal experience. I fly regularly with them and I have often seen other passengers being asked to fit a laptop bag or a handbag in their carry-on, lest they have to check it in. Sometimes people get away with a small purse or a plastic bag but they really mean one bag in total and seem to be quite strict about it.

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