Europe Could Ban Airlines from Charging Fees for Carry-on Bags

An official vote is taking place later this month.

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Kirill Rudenko/Moment/Getty Images
Kirill Rudenko/Moment/Getty Images

A dream of many-if not all-travelers could actually become reality soon. In an effort to curb hidden fees and make traveling easier for passengers, Europe is seriously considering banning carry-on baggage fees for all airlines.

That means that you could finally fly without worrying about paying more to literally bring your stuff with you-or, at least, some of it. The ban would only apply to carry-ons, and airlines would still be allowed to charge an extra cost for checked luggage.

The move comes as the EU tries to find solutions to ease the hidden fees problem amongst airlines, which creates confusion and potentially false advertising for travelers. In a unanimous resolution, the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions proposed that countries start enforcing the new policy on hand luggage, and an official vote to decide whether or not the rule is adopted will take place in the European Parliament later this month, Euronews reports.

This is not the first time the EU has tried to make carry-ons free on a mandatory basis. In 2014, the European Court of Justice technically ruled that reasonably-sized and reasonably-weighed cabin luggage shouldn’t cost extra because they are a necessary part of air travel. However, the rule was never enforced. If the new policy is passed, though, it would force the 2014 ruling to be observed-and passengers would finally bring their bags aboard free of charge.

Europe isn’t the only one at war with hidden fees. Last year, the Biden administration proposed a new set of rules requiring airlines to disclose any and all hidden fees ahead of time rather than at the end of a flight purchase, but it still remains unclear when we will see such improvements become reality.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTikTokTwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. She will beg you not to put pineapple on pizza. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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