A quote from a Which guide.
"According to the Montreal Convention, airlines are responsible for the bags they allow you to check in, although their liability is limited.
If you're carrying something valuable, either get a 'special declaration of interest in the delivery of your luggage' from the airline or carry the item in your hand luggage."
Ryanair's own T&Cs say they will only pay for damage to checked-in luggage.
So I decide to take my valuable and/or fragile item as hand luggage, absolving Ryanair of responsibility. But they take it off me and put it in the hold. Is it now checked in, making me eligible for compensation? Or is it still my responsibility even though it is totally out of my control?
In practice I'm talking about the canvas hold-all I use for hand luggage which weighs three kilos less than my similar sized suitcase which I would want to use if I was entrusting my stuff to baggage-handlers. But what is the technical answer about lost or damaged luggage that was put in the hold even though it didn't get checked in initially?Edited: 13 May 2014, 19:43