A Simple Guide To Under The Seat Luggage 

Due to the fact that several low cost airlines, have now decided to charge passengers an additional fee for taking their cabin luggage on board the plane and allowing passengers to take a smaller sized hand luggage free, you may be wondering what you can actually take on board your flight.

It really does seem that these airlines are finding more ways to squeeze even more money from their passengers, by introducing these charges.

Under The Seat LuggageIf you are familiar with these new changes, you will have seen that these airlines have started charging passengers a fee (each way) for taking a normal 55x40x20cm suitcase on board the aircraft.

These smaller sized cabin bags and suitcases used to be free for passengers to take on board but now, many airlines will charge you for doing so. If you do not pre-book ‘Cabin’ luggage before your flight, you will be charged at the boarding gate, if you turn up with a larger cabin bag than you can travel with.

However, although you now have to pay to take a larger cabin bag on board the aircraft, you can actually still take a smaller bag on board with you, free of charge. The free carry-on bag, has to be able to fit under the seat in front of you and this is why, it is commonly referred to as ‘Under The Seat Luggage’. There is still a little bit of confusion with regards to what size bag you can take onboard the aircraft for free.

Hopefully, this guide will help answer some of the frequently asked questions regarding

What Is Under Seat Luggage:

Basically, ‘under the seat luggage’ refers to luggage that can be stored under the seat during your flight. Although as we mentioned previously, many airlines now only allow under the seat luggage to be taken on board for free, many passengers prefer to only travel with or take this type of luggage on board a flight. If you are travelling light and are just going away for a couple of days either on leisure or business, then just taking under seat luggage can be sufficient.

Types of Under Seat Luggage:

As a result of the new changes that the airlines have introduced regarding hand luggage, there are now a large number of different ‘under the seat carry on luggage’ available. Whether you are wanting a casual rucksack style bag, suitcase with wheels,  laptop/briefcase, tote bags, bag with USB ports, under the seat luggage with wheels or underseat spinner luggage, there will certainly be a carry on bag to suit your needs. 

What Is The Best Under Seat Travel Bag:

As we have previously mentioned, there are a large number of different types of under seat carry on luggage and what may be the best for one person, may not necessarily be the best underseat cabin bag for another. Obviously, it is best to choose the right type of under seat bag for you and one that will suit your travel requirements. If you are travelling on business and will be carrying a laptop, iPad or tablet, then a small carry on bag or laptop carry bag/briefcase may be your best choice. If you are travel for leisure, then a a Tote bag or smallest suitcase or casual rucksack may be best.

How Much Are Is Under The Seat Luggage:

As with any other type of luggage, under the seat bags vary in price, depending on the style and brand you choose. The best advice is to shop around and compare prices, to see what your budget will buy you. Obviously, due to the fact that your luggage will be placed on the floor under the seat in front, you should try to buy a sturdy and robust bag. Although there are a number of cheap underseat luggage options, don’t be tempted to buy them, just because they are cheap. The last thing you want, is for your bag to break during your travels, so make sure you choose one that will last and is the best you can afford with your budget.

Read the reviews from people who have previously purchased underseat carry on bags, so that you get an idea of which make and styles are best.

Why Travel With Carry On Under The Seat Luggage:

Apart from the obvious reason, that is free, there are several other reasons why passengers choose to travel with luggage that fits under the seat. One of the main reasons why people choose to travel with carry-on luggage under the seat, is because it allows them to have everything they need for their flight at hand. Many luggage types are now specifically designed to fit under a seat of a plane, have a number of pockets and compartments, that allow you to organise your items in a manner to which you need them. Having all your belonging close by and somewhere, where you do not have to keep getting out of your seat to get them, is an added bonus, especially if you are sat in a window or middle seat. Small carry on luggage has certainly become a popular accessory for travellers and has revolutionized how people travel.

The big question most people ask is:

“What Is The Size Of Under The Seat Luggage?”


Under The Seat Luggage Size:

Once again, each airline has its own policy in terms of carry-on bags and you will need to ensure you are familiar with their policies regarding carry-on bags. The general size for free carry-on bags is 40x30x20cm and the stipulation is that your bag can fit under the seat in front. However, as we have previously mentioned, airline under seat dimensions do differ so if you make sure you know what is allowed onboard the aircraft before you travel.

What Size Bag Can Fit Under An Airplane Seat:

As you can appreciate, the space under airplane seats, vary. So, with this in mind, what size bag fits under airline seat? The under seat measurements on each aircraft may be different but as we mentioned previously, a common size stipulated by a number of low budget airlines tends to be 40x30x20cm. The size of under the seat luggage does vary but if you look for a bag that falls within these measurements, you should be fine.

Is An Under Seat Bag Considered A Carry On:

Generally, yes an ‘Under Seat Bag’ will be classed as a ‘Carry-On’. Once again, this all depends on which airline you are flying with. Many of the ‘Low Budget’ airlines such a Ryanair, will only allow you to take an ‘Under Te Seat’ bag onboard, if you have purchased the cheapest Non Priority ‘Value’ fare.

Under Seat Luggage Ryanair:

What Size Is Ryanair Underseat Bag?

Currently, the Ryanair hand luggage size and underseat dimensions to fit under the seat in front, is 40x20x25cm. If you are travelling on the ‘Value’ fare, this is the only cabin baggage you will be allowed to take onboard the aircraft. This means that you will not be able to take an additional bag on board and that your handbag, laptop, CPAP Machine or any other bag will be counted as your allocated luggage.

Your allocated cabin bag, should be able to fit in the ‘Bag Sizer’ at the Boarding Gate.

Please Note: If you are travelling on a Non Priority Value fare and arrive at the Boarding Gate with more than one bag or your allocated bag size, you may be charged an additional fee.

Below is a video explaining the new rules regarding under the luggage size for Ryanair:

There are now more and more retailers selling luggage that has specifically been designed to fit under the seat on a plane. Below, are just a few of the very best selling and most popular under the seat luggage.

Under Seat Cabin Bag With Wheels:

Lets face it, carry any type of bag whilst you are travelling can become tiring. One of the more popular types of cabin bag are ones with wheels. Having a carry-on bag with wheels, will take the strain from your shoulder and relieve you from the aches and pains of prolonged weight on your hands and arms.