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Ryanair Bans ‘Wheelies’ in Cabin for Non-Priority Passengers

  • Some flyers will have to pay new checked-bag fee or go smaller
  • Discount airline says it’s trying to speed turnaround times
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Ryanair Holdings Plc is locking the cabin door on traditional carry-on suitcases for its non-priority customers and forcing them to check the luggage for a fee -- or go with a smaller bag -- to save time loading passengers on and off flights.

Starting Nov. 1, Europe’s biggest discount airline will only allow travelers who pay for priority boarding to bring the so-called wheelies -- the wheeled suitcases created to fit in overhead bins -- on board along with a smaller item, it said Thursday. Non-priority customers can only bring the smaller bag, typically a handbag, backpack or laptop bag, onto the flight.