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Parliamentary questions
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16 October 2018
Joint answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the European Commission
Written questions: E-004439/18 , E-004383/18 , E-004369/18
Question references: E-004369/2018, E-004383/2018, E-004439/2018

In the absence of specific EU rules on hand baggage (e.g. number and size of items) carried by passengers aboard an aircraft, air carriers are in principle free to establish their own rules.

EU rules do however apply to the setting of the prices for the carriage of passengers on air services and the conditions under which those prices apply.

In that respect, the Court of Justice of the EU has held in the Case C-487/12 Vueling(1) that hand baggage must be considered, in principle, as constituting a necessary aspect of the carriage of passengers. Its carriage cannot, therefore, be made subject to a price supplement, on condition that such hand baggage meets reasonable requirements in terms of its weight and dimensions, and complies with applicable security requirements.

Pricing (and corresponding information) provisions are to be enforced by Member States as per Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008(2), and the Commission services have contacted the responsible national authorities for further information on this matter.

(2)OJ L 293, 31.10.2008, p. 3‐20 https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32008R1008&qid=1537277868223&from=EN

Last updated: 16 October 2018Legal notice