British Airways, TUI, Jet2, Ryanair and Easyjet’s complicated cabin baggage rules at East Midlands Airport

It’s that time of year where people are either jetting off or getting ready to hop on a plane at East Midlands Airport (EMA) and forget about their troubles – even for just a brief moment. But even the simple holiday isn’t that straightforward these days, especially when it comes to luggage.

There’s no doubt that getting the right sized bag to take on board planes from Castle Donington’s EMA can be a head scratcher. And plenty of us will have turned up at the airport and tried to squash our luggage in one of those size checking wire cages – only to find it doesn’t fit. T.

Fear not though, this is a handy list that’s sure to clear up any confusion. It’s bound to make the holidays more relaxing.

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Comparing the main airlines that fly out of EMA, this list shows there is indeed difference between them. Some even have specific allowances for certain kinds of flights – just to be that little bit more different, but what are limits? Let’s find out.


In force since 2018, Ryanair’s current baggage rules make clear that priority boarding passengers will only be permitted to take one small bag on a flight. This bag must have a dimension of 40cm x 20cm x 25cm. It is allowed alongside one larger cabin bag that measures 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Here, the weight limit is 10kg.

Meanwhile, non-priority customers can only bring one small bag measuring 40cm x 20cm x 25cm, but it must fit into the sizer. Anyone here who wants to bring a second bigger bag must purchase a lower cost 10kg check-in bag at the time of booking online.

Suitcases in an international airport
Some airlines have different rules for children’s baggage

This second bag must be checked-in at the airport bag drop desk before reaching airport security. However, anyone who has not can purchase one at the airport bag drop desk, but must pay an extra fee for it.

As part of its rules, Ryanair says duty-free bags are permitted in the cabin alongside cabin baggage.

British Airways

The rules are different for British Airways passengers who are only permitted to carry one piece of hand luggage and one small item, such as a handbag or laptop, on board the flight. Any hand luggage they take on the plane must not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, while the small item must be no bigger than 40cm x 30cm x 15cm.

Here, both items can weigh up to 23kg each, but if they exceed the limit, it will be checked into the hold. Any items that are checked here are added to people’s baggage allowance, but if the total weight exceeds that limit, passengers will be charged the airport’s excess baggage fees.


The most different in terms of what it offers people, TUI customers should be warned that their baggage limits depend on the kind of holiday they’ve booked. It’s best to know the differences here.

Anyone who has picked to go on a package holiday with TUI will have had the limits emailed to them upon booking. Passengers are still advised to be aware before they get to EMA though.

This is because package holiday passengers are allowed one piece of hand luggage, measuring 55 x 40 x 20 cm. A weight limit of 10kg also applies. For checked-in luggage, the weight limit is 15kg. However, TUI says that on certain types of holidays, people could have an even bigger allowance of 20kg.

The rules are then different for people who have booked flight only bookings with TUI. Here, the same hand luggage restrictions apply, but they’ll have 10kg of hand luggage included. The maximum size of this should be 55 x 40 x 20cm. People can also pay to add checked-in luggageweighing either 20kg or 25kg, depending on their booking.

On any flight, any infant under the age of two gets a 10kg luggage allowance, while a pushchair can be carried onboard free of charge. There are also premium options for TUI Premium Club members. Here, they’ll receive a luggage allowance of 23 kg as well as 10 kg hand luggage.


On all Easyjet flights, passengers are permitted to bring one piece of hand luggage that they can carry with them. There are no weight restrictions on this baggage, but it must be 45cm x 36cm x 20cm.

Anyone wanting to take advantage of this ruling must also be warned that the dimension limits include handles and wheels and must fit underneath the seat in front of you. Meanwhile, customers who have booked Up Front or Extra Leg room seat can bring an additional large cabin bag. These come at a maximum size of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and must fit in the overhead locker.


Finally, Jet2 passengers must make note of the fact they can only carry one piece of hand baggage on board their flight. Here, a maximum weight of 10kg applies and it must be no bigger than 56 x 45 x 25cm.

For anyone whose baggage exceeds these dimensions or weighs in excess of 10kg, they will need to get it checked in as hold baggage, resulting in an additional charge. Elsewhere, the airline makes clear that passengers can also bring a small additional item of cabin baggage on board.

This ruling, which applies wherever possible, is primarily for items such as handbags or laptop bags. However, they must be able to stow in either the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you.


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