(TELEGRAPH) — The chief executive of Ryanair has said it is “probably inevitable” that airlines will charge passengers for carry-on bags – though he insisted he had no plans to do so soon.

Michael O’Leary was asked whether Ryanair might follow budget carrier Wizz Air, which last year began charging passengers £9 to place larger cabin bags in the overhead lockers.

“It’s unlikely in the short term but it’s probably inevitable,” said Mr O’Leary. “At some time in the future I think it’s likely that airlines will charge for carry-on bags but I can’t get my head round how you would do it. I think it’s unlikely that we will do it – until I can see what’s in it for us.”

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