Ireland’s low-cost airline has rescinded its policy that singled out passengers flying to and from Israel, meaning that they will no longer have to pay an extra fee if they want their wheelie-bags and other large hand baggage stored in the hold.







Ryanair plane

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The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair announced on Thursday that it has rescinded its policy that singled out passengers flying to and from Israel, making them pay a fee for a service that passengers traveling to and from other destinations received free of charge. Now that the policy has been changed, passengers traveling to and from Israel will not have to pay some €40 (about $48) if they want their wheelie-bags and other large hand baggage stored in the hold.

Ryanair claimed that the different policy was implemented due to the additional security procedures at Israeli airports. While the low-cost airline changed its policy in light of the coverage in the Israeli media and pressure from the Israel Airports Authority, Ryanair still insists that the security procedures in Israel make harder for its employees to store baggage in the hold.

However, according to the Israel Airports Authority, the security procedures at Israeli airports are no different than the ones carried out at airports around the world. For this reason, the authority was puzzled over Ryanair’s justification for the policy.