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No Carry-On Baggage Allowed on Planes

As part of its efforts to create safe travel conditions for passengers and crew, Icelandair has temporarily changed its baggage policy such that passengers are only allowed one carry-on item that must fit under their seat. Carry-on suitcases that will not fit under seats will be placed in the hold, either during check-in or at the gate, for no extra charge.

These new restrictions have been put in place for health and safety reasons, Icelandair PR rep Ásdís Ýr Pétursdóttir explained in an interview. “We know that when we have a lot of hand luggage, lines often form in the aircraft. People are getting settled, and reaching over other people, and even getting things out of their bags. We’re simply cutting down on all this traffic in the aircraft and reducing contact.”

There are exemptions to the requirements, such as medical equipment, fragile items such as musical instruments, and childcare items. Passenger requests for exemptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Other safety measures have been put in place as well, such as requiring passengers to wear masks while onboard and no longer selling food or drink during flights. Instead, passengers are given a bottle of water when they board and advised to bring their own food with them.

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