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Use your phone to check your cabin bag allowances with this airline

A UK airline has introduced an app feature that uses augmented reality technology to allow travellers to scan their hand-luggage ahead of flying to see if it meets cabin bag dimension allowances.

One airline adds AR bag-scanning feature to iPhone app. Image: Getty

Navigating restrictions with carry-on bags can be a bit of a minefield and charges for bags that don’t meet carry-on allowances can be punitive. That’s why low-cost carrier easyJet has introduced a new technology for customers by offering them an easy way to check their hand luggage dimensions at home without resorting to measuring tape or weighing scales.

The app checks the dimensions of the case at home. Image by easyJet

The new feature can be found within the ‘Bag Allowances’ section in the easyJet app. It uses augmented reality technology that, when combined with a smartphone camera, scans and measures the cabin bag and shows whether it meets the airline’s hand luggage requirements. The feature uses Apple’s ARKit2 technology and as a result, only works with iPhone models from the iPhone 6S and onwards.

It’s currently only available to iPhone 6S customers. Image by easyJet

There is no weight limit for carry-on luggage on easyJet airlines but the dimensions permitted are 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. While the permitted dimensions of cabin bags are displayed on easyJet’s website, the move is set to make it even easier for customers to check their luggage. It means they won’t be faced with any additional charges (£50) at the gate for bringing an oversized bag which can’t be taken on board.

It works in tandem with the phone’s camera. Image by easyJet

Speaking about the announcement, Daniel Young, Head of Digital Experience at the airline, said: “We continue to place innovation at the heart of our industry-leading mobile travel app to give our customers the tools they need to take stress away from the airport experience. Embracing this latest technology makes preparing for travel easy and fun.”

It’s not the only company that offers this service to travellers. Travel app Kayak also offers AR bag measurements for customers which allows them to check if their bag meets the maximum cabin bag dimensions for any airline they work with, including Ryanair, British Airways and Norwegian Air.