Baggage size warning for Northern Ireland airports
Northern Ireland holiday-makers have been warned to check cabin baggage size.
It follows complaints that some metal baggage sizers were smaller than airlines' permitted size for cabin baggage, resulting in their cabin bag not fitting into the sizer.
The traveller was then charged a £50 fee to have it placed in the aircraft hold.
The Department for the Economy's Trading Standards Service (TSS) measured 47 sizers used by airlines at each of the three airports in Northern Ireland.
All of the baggage sizers tested were found to measure in excess of the maximum dimensions permitted by each airline for cabin baggage.
However, the majority of baggage sizers tested were found to measure only 0.5cm in excess, leaving very little room for error.
Michelle Craig from TSS said: "Some airlines have stated that they now intend to enforce their baggage size policy more strictly than they have done in the past.
"Therefore, it is important to be aware that the suitcase you have used to travel with previously, without any issues, could now be checked and no longer accepted by the airline."