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This new Ryanair tool could help you beat those hand luggage fees

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Ryanair has introduced a new hand luggage measuring tool on its mobile app so that passengers can make sure their bags meet the carry-on requirements and potentially avoid any extra fees at the airport.

Ryanair has a new tool that will let you check if your hand luggage can be taken on board for free. Image by Getty

Ryanair has updated its app with a new bag-sizing feature that uses augmented reality technology to scan and measure your hand luggage to see if your bag is small enough to fit under the seat in front of you, or if you’ll have to pay to take it on board. The airline updated its cabin baggage policy at the end of 2018, limiting the number and size of bags that passengers could take on board for free. Now all passengers are entitled to bring one small personal bag on board but it must fit under the seat in front of you (40cm x 20cm x 25cm), such as a handbag, laptop bag and small backpack.

Ryanair introduced its new baggage policy on November 1, 2018. Image by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images

Ryanair’s new tool will help you calculate your bag’s size with your phone camera, letting you know if will fit the required dimensions. It’s called Bag Sizer and can be found on the homepage of the airline’s mobile app. To measure your hand luggage you need to place your bag on a flat surface and scan it by moving the camera slowly around the front, side, top and back of your bag. The tool will calculate the measurements and let you know if your bag will fit under the seat in front of you or if it will need to go in an overhead bin or checked into the hold.

The new tool could help people avoid extra baggage fees. Photo by Adam Berry/Getty

However, in the small print, Ryanair disclaims that the “technology is not 100% accurate so it is your responsibility to size the bags at the airport.”

Earlier this year, low-cost carrier easyJet became the first airline in the UK to offer a bag sizing feature on its phone app. Travel app Kayak also offers AR bag measurements for customers which allows them to check if their bag meets the maximum cabin bag dimensions for any airline they work with, including Ryanair, British Airways and Norwegian Air.

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