after trialing on KTW-LTN route for almost a half a year, "Wizz Air" roll-outs "paid big hand luggage" policy on all the network (except flights, operated by Wizz Air Ukraine) effective on flights Oct24 and later (bookings from today).
So, Wizz Air will price standard hand luggage (56 x 45 x 25 cm) by 10EUR for segment. Briefcases (or luggage 42 x 32 x 25) will remain free on board.
From other side WIzz Air offer for checked baggage (32 kg! for 15-25 EUR depends on season and length of flight) becomes even more attractive and I think many travellers can move to checked bag+briefcase.
This change can really speed-up boarding. Last week I had two flights on Ryanair, both of them were with 170-175 passengers on board and even with a very strict bag check on a gate policy, cabin crew had to spend about 10 minutes on both flights to find space for all cabin luggage.
I know in US Spirit has "pay for overhead bin" policy, but I think this Wizz Air move in Europe is really new thing. How do you think, could industry follow that? Ryanair usually were the first mover on all new restrictions/charges, etc.