The European Parliament (EP) has adopted a resolution calling for harmonized EU rules on airline hand luggage. According to the European Parliament, the current rules are unclear and lead to inconveniences for travelers. The resolution calls for a review of European Union legislation on the rights of air passengers.
Airlines’ inconsistent rules add hidden fees and make it difficult to compare prices. This is especially annoying for travelers who use multiple airlines or need to change their plans.
Members of the European Parliament Urging the Commission to implement the European Court of Justice ruling prohibiting airlines from charging fees for hand luggage. New legislation should also address other hidden costs, such as seat selection costs.
“An airline can be low-cost, but it is not low-rights. Citizens do not have to constantly defend their rights to board the plane. said Spanish MEP Jordi Cañas of Ciudadanos. He regrets it “painful” in “violent” Situations faced by passengers when exercising their rights against those threatening them with a fine if they do not pay or board the plane. “We cannot allow citizens to be subjected to the arbitrariness of airline companies that would rather pay fines than comply with the law.”
The approved resolution responds to the request of the MEP for Ciudadanos Jordi Cañas, but is non-binding and only calls on the European Commission to develop legislation that will allow the application of a European ruling stating that airlines are not allowed to charge surcharge fees for hand luggage.