​Man Finds Amazing Way Around New Ryanair Baggage Restrictions

Anyone who's ever flown budget will know just how hard it is to buy flights without being stung by unnecessary charges.

'Do you want to pay an extra £500 so that you can sit with your friend?' Absolutely bloody not - I'd normally pay that just to get some peace and quiet from them.

'How about an airport transfer for a mere £1,000?' I can work out how to use a bus into town, thanks. I'm not an idiot.

'Speedy boarding?' Sure, that sounds g- oh, you want me to name my first-born child after the airline, a vial of dragon tears and a lock of hair from Zeus's beard? JESUS, JUST LET ME BUY THE SODDING FLIGHT.


One man, so infuriated by Ryanair's recent baggage allowance changes, decided to come up with an ingenious way to cheat the system.

Lee Cimino was flying to Belfast with his friend for his birthday, but says when they booked the flights, it turned out to be two days after the new baggage charges had been brought into effect.

"Basically, unless you can fly priority or fit everything into the tiniest of bags, you're onto an extra £6-£8 - each way," Lee explains in a video uploaded to social media.

"I was properly annoyed... But I had an idea."

Lee decided to take an old coat to Sew What tailors in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, asking them to pimp it up a bit so he could simply pack his belongings inside concealed pockets, rather than splash out on the cost of taking a small suitcase.

"The tailor made it so that I could fit the entire contents of my carry-on into the lining of my coat," he explained.

While Lee was actually a bit worried that it wouldn't work, he managed to get onto the flight and to Belfast with no issues - apart from some slightly strange looks from fellow passengers at Manchester Airport.

Lee told LADbible he's received loads of positive comments from people, as many have been strung in the past by airlines.

He did, however, add that he loves Ryanair so isn't having a go at them, saying: "It's just these latest charges are a bit much."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Lee continued: "Some people have been negative and say it would cost more to have the coat altered than just pay the charge but [I'll] use it all the time so it'll be worth it in the long run."

He said he doesn't actually know how much the tailoring cost, as he's not been charged yet - hoping they might swerve the fee when they see his video doing the rounds on social media. Cheeky, but we like it.

Realistically, though, was it more or less practical than just coughing up for the new charges?

"Didn't really make much of a difference. Just got quite hot. That came into good use as it was freezing in Belfast!"

At least now he has a stylish, customised coat for all his long weekends with the LADs.

Bu annoyingly, he might have even got away without all that effort - as Ryanair has confirmed it's offering a 'grace period' of a month on its new policy, after officially changing the rules on 1 November.

Ryanair said in a statement: "While our new bag policy came in to effect yesterday (1 November), we have briefed our gate agents to take a reasonable approach while customers get used to the new rules over the month of November."

Ah well, A+ for effort, mate.

Featured Image Credit: Lee Cimino

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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