Easyjet has announced it will soon be slashing its on-board luggage allowance.

The new carry-on rules restricts travellers bringing a small bag that can fit under a seat free of charge - unless they pay for an overhead locker in advance.

While passengers will no longer be allowed to pay extra to be able to bring another bag on board the cabin at check in.

Only customers who pay more in advance for “upfront" or extra legroom seats will be able to bring a larger bag into the cabin in addition to the smaller one.

While passengers holding easyJet  Plus cards, or those who splash out on higher 'flexi' fares will also be allowed to carry an extra piece of hand luggage - but it must fit in the overhead locker.

The new limit for hand luggage is 45x36x20cm, compared to the current 56x45x25cm dimensions - and passengers are warned this must fit under the seat in front of them.

Travellers are also cautioned that if they bring a large cabin bag to the departure gate without the correct seat selection, it will have to be placed in the hold, and additional charges will apply.

The new hand luggage allocation will come into force from February 10, 2021.

easyJet said the new changes would enable passengers to bring all the essentials they need for a short trip.

A spokesperson for the airline said: "The limited overhead locker space on aircraft has meant that customers can’t always be certain they will have their cabin bag onboard with them.

“The new policy will also reduce queue times during boarding and other associated delays which occur due to putting excess cabin bags in the hold and so the move will lead to improved punctuality for all customers.”

However not all passengers have taken it well, with many taking to social media after hearing the news.

One Twitter user fumed: "EasyJet's generous luggage allowance has always been a reason to fly with them but this may well now change."

Another wrote: "Another £60 on top of my flights just to take luggage, cheers easyJet."

While one added: "I booked a flight for September with easyjet for the pure fact that we could do cabin baggage for a weekend. Now I wish I'd gone with BA who was only £50 more expensive seeing as that's not the cost of the luggage ill have to pay for on easyjet."

But some have agreed with the airline, who have followed in the footsteps of rival Ryanair to cut onboard luggage allowances.

"Think it’s great, nonsense of people turning up with mini suitcases and loads of bags to avoid paying for checked luggage then blocking all the overhead space. Should’ve done this ages ago or at least limited it a lot more," agreed one traveller.

Another added: "Easyjet have taken their time to follow suit. I didn't used to be a fan of it, but since RYR introduced the charge for a carry-on bag for Priority only, I've found it works really well."

There are a maximum of 63 upfront and extra legroom seats on each aircraft operated by easyJet.

Passengers who have an existing booking for travel from February 10 will be given the option of checking in a bag up to the existing hand-luggage size without charge.