The Irish low-cost carrier has introduced a new policy whereby passengers are able to have their bags stored for free until boarding. However, the policy does not apply for passengers flying to and from Israel, who are asked to pay an extra €40 (about $48).

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Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has come under fire for singling out Israel in its new luggage policy. The company now allows passengers to have their bags stored in the hold for free, unless they are flying to or from Israel.

Under Ryanair’s new policy, passengers not wishing to pay extra for priority boarding will have their wheelie-bags and other large hand baggage stored for free. However, passengers flying to and from Israel are being asked to pay €40 (about $48) extra to check in their large bags.

A spokesman for Ryanair told the Israeli Yediot Ahronot daily that the decision to single out Israel was made due to the additional security procedures prevailing there. The Israel Airports Authority said it is seeking clarification from Ryanair, adding that there have been no changes in security procedures over the past week.