3 AUGUST 2015
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British Airways is reducing the size of the second carry-on baggage permitted on board its flights.
From 18 August, the size of each passenger's personal handbag/laptop bag can be no larger than 40x30x15cms so that it can be stowed beneath the seat in front.
The airline will continue to allow passengers to take two pieces of hand luggage into the cabin, the main bag remaining unchanged at 56x45x25cms.
BA said the move is as a result of "an increase in customers travelling with hand baggage that exceeds their allowance."
World Traveller (Economy) and World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) passengers will receive a yellow tag for handbags and laptop bags that are within the new dimensions – once tagged, BA said that it guarantees this baggage will be allowed on board.
Passengers with hand baggage that exceeds the new dimensions must check it into the hold.
Also on 18 August, the carrier is changing the way in which passengers board their flight, with the order determined by cabin and Executive Club status. World Traveller passengers will then be asked to board by seat row number. www.ba.com
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Robert Shaw, Burgess Hill
My laptop bag is 3cm more than the new limit. I have just spent the weekend trying to get a laptop bag within the new size - forget it ! Having flown with BA 250 times I feel anything but welcome by the airline, and will now be looking elsewhere.
That would be fine except that my 50 cm high bag fits under the seat in front of me. Seems like the people making these rules need to go out and fly once in a while.