I have read all of the caveats about Ryan Air's In Cabin luggage rules. We plan to stick with the 10 KG limit on carry-on luggage with no checked bags. The Ryan Air website does not specify whether the posted dimensions include the wheels/handles/ vexterior rails or whether the wheels/handles/exterior rails can extend beyond the posted dimensions.
Does anyone know for sure if the wheels/handles/exterior rails have to fit within the posted dimensions?
Also, if the total of the 3 dimensions of my bag is less than the total of the posted dimensions (50+40+25 = 115), then is that OK or does each dimension have to be less than the posted dimension?
Specifically, Ryan's posted dimensions are 55 x 40 x 20 cm. Without the wheels our luggage meets these dimensions, but including the wheels/handles/rails results in a measurement of about 55.5 cm x 35 x 19 cm. Thus it easily meets two of the dimensions but exceeds the posted length by 1/2 cm due to the curve of the plastic handle. Without the 1/2 cm curve of the plastic handle, from the edge of the bag to the tip of the wheels is exactly 55 cm.
We intend to be very careful about making sure that it is under 10 KG in weight and that it is not bulging. There are no bulky looking outside pockets to make it look lumpy.
Our first Ryan air flight is from Edinburgh to Dublin at 8 am on Saturday 16 Oct. Our 2nd Ryan air flight is from Dublin to Prestwick on Saturday 23 Oct at 8:15 am. Our last Ryan air flight is from Prestwick to Dublin on Saturday 30 Oct at 7 am. Do we need to be at these 3 airports 2 hours ahead?
Does anybody know or have any theories about certain times of the day and at what airports they tend to be stricter? Do they truly make every person fit their carry-on bag into the box? Or do they only do that if it looks too big or looks like it bulges out too much? If they decide that it is too large, at what point in the process do they do that (would it be when they are checking our US passport and boarding pass before we go to security)? At that point, how much of a hassle and time delay would result if we did have to check it? Would we have to go to a kiosk or to the Ryan air desk?
Do they weigh every carry-on bag or only if they look bulgy? If so, at what point in the process do they do that (would it be when they are checking our US passport and boarding pass before we go to security)? At that point, how much of a hassle and time delay would result if we did have to check it?
Since we have 3 flights, I do not want to pay 15 GBP twice and 15EUR once to check this bag. Moreover, since it will weigh under 10 kg and the checked baggage allowance is 15 kg, I would be paying for a bag that weighs only 2/3 of the allowable weight. That comes to about $70 in USD for this bag. If I intentionally decide that it is worth $70 to be able to take more stuff, then I would make sure to take 14.5 kg of stuff instead of 9.5 kg and would pay ahead online to check it. But if I get stuck having to check it at the airport, then they will charge 35 GBP ($58) twice and 35 Euros ($48) once. That comes to about $164. If that happens, I would throw away my $15 suitcase and carry the stuff on in a garbage bag!
If this were your bag, would you take a chance and try to carry it on? Based on your best guess what do you think is the likelihood that they would make us check it?