Just when you’ve gotten over the shock of checked baggage fees that can approach the price of a ticket, a European discount airline is proposing to eliminate checked baggage entirely on some flights.
Dublin’s Ryanair, a pioneering European discount airline that has eliminated seatback pockets and window shades and sold ads on seatback trays to pare costs, is now proposing to make some of its flights carry-on bags only.
Ryanair says it wants to speed up the turnaround of certain flights and cut the handling costs and weight by designating some flights for no checked bags.
The airline says it is targeting flights most frequently used by business travelers for brief trips.
The airline also is likely to become the first discount airline to allow the use of cell phones aboard. The airline will charge travelers for their airborne use, creating another source of revenue to offset high fuel costs.