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03/24/2014 07:32 EDT | Updated 03/24/2014 11:59 EDT

Airline Baggage Fees Deemed Too Drastic, Forces Travellers To Get Creative

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FILE - This Dec. 21, 2012 file photo shows travelers walking to a ticketing desk at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. For many passengers, air travel is only about finding the cheapest fare. But as airlines offer a proliferating list of add-on services, from early boarding to premium seating and baggage fees, the ability to comparison-shop for the lowest total fare is eroding. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

(Relaxnews) - Faced with shrinking in-cabin luggage allowances, most airline passengers feel they can do little more than complain. But one fourth of international travellers surveyed by Skyscanner take their discontent one step further, finding ways around restrictions they find too drastic.

Twenty-five percent of those surveyed admit to wearing their most voluminous articles of clothing on the plane to free up room in their carry-on. Even more defiant, 10 percent of travellers confessed to bringing an extra bag with them to the gate in the hopes of sneaking it past the airline personnel.

Currently, each airline is free to set its own regulations regarding in-cabin luggage allowances, so it is no surprise that passengers are often confused about just what they can bring to the gate.

Eighty-nine percent of those surveyed said they would like to see industry-wide standards applied to all carriers to reduce this confusion. In the meantime, nearly 60 percent of travellers reported to being caught off guard and forced to pay an extra fee at the gate to bring their bag on board.

Skycanner points out that easyJet is the least generous airline when it comes to the size of carry-on luggage (50x40x20cm, unlimited weight) while Spanish carrier Iberia is the most generous (56x45x25cm, unlimited weight).

To help travellers make sense of each airline's luggage restrictions, Skyscanner has created an online guide: www.skyscanner.net

Carried out during March 2014, the survey questioned 2,500 travellers in the UK, Spain, Germany and Russia.

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