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Ryanair recently changed the luggage rules allowing a second small bag:

One cabin bag weighing up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, plus 1 small bag up to 35 x 20 x 20 cms may be carried per passenger

I have a 15.6" laptop, which works out to 38cm width, or about 42 cm with a thin case. Would Ryanair tolerate the laptop exceeding the maximum width? The luggage sizers at the airport are open-ended, so theoretically one could fit the laptop case with the long side sticking on top.

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    Dont trust that only. My luggage was once measured with a ruler and that dimension was off by 2cm (I think even less) and had to pay extra. Having this said, they are currently a bit more layed back and it has become even nice to travel with them. Still I would advise not to abuse too much. – nsn Jul 17 '15 at 13:39
  • Easyjet and similar companies make money any way they can. Giving the choice between being really nice and letting you take a second bag slightly larger than allowed, or charging you, their choice is obvious. I'd put the laptop into the suitcase, and take a small bag with extra stuff that doesn't fit into the suitcase anymore. – gnasher729 Jul 18 '15 at 7:04
  • Would they have to prove that the ruler they are using is fair? Metric fraud is a serious business (at least in my country), so there are lots of regulations. – Federico Poloni Jul 18 '15 at 9:25
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    It'll certainly fit into the dimensions of your other one cabin bag. But, as a rule, low cost carriers will charge you for whatever they can get away with. – Michael Hampton Aug 19 '15 at 21:51
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    @FedericoPoloni Yes, any measuring equipment they used as a basis for charging you (e.g., the scales they use to weigh your luggag) would have to be properly calibrated. However, in the case of a simple ruler which has no moving parts so isn't going to change much over time, the regulations probably just say that the equipment has to be manufactured according to appropriate national standards and is in good physical condition. – David Richerby Mar 6 '16 at 19:11
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From experience, if it doesn't fit WITHIN their measuring boxes, they won't allow it. This means that if it doesn't fit with/depth, or if it sticks out the top (as you're saying with the laptop), they'll deem it too large.

If your case is soft and can be folded up, I'd suggest considering having the case in your pocket, so that the laptop still fits in the measuring box, and then putting it back in the case once on the plane. However, there are risks with this (damage to laptop, or them still not buying it - asking where the case is?).

It's a budget airline. They have strict rules, and charge less. Unfortunately sometimes this means the rules cause us difficulties, but it's the choice we make when flying with them.

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    Plus your luggage is likely to be checked again before boarding the plane. – JoErNanO Aug 20 '15 at 9:23
  • I'm afraid this answer is not necessarily correct for Ryanair and the self-answer by @JonathanReez corresponds much more to my personal experience with Ryanair specifically. To make the other A more visible, -1 – mts Sep 20 '16 at 19:25
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I've tried to pull it off on two Ryanair flights recently and the answer is: yes, they allow it. No one bothered to check the dimensions of my laptop case, but they did ask to measure the large bag on both occasions.

On the last flight the cabin was so full, some people were forced to surrender their hand luggage to be checked into the cargo hold, but my laptop bag was still safely ignored. I can't guarantee an overzealous employee somewhere won't bother checking the exact dimensions of the second bag, but it seems quite unlikely.

  • If they do make a fuss, you can temporarily place your laptop into your big cabin bag and take it out when you have borded the plane. – Willeke Mar 6 '16 at 8:58

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