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May 22, 2009

Following the news last week that Ryanair is to introduce a £10 fee for the privilege of printing your own boarding card, news reaches me of an even nastier - and unpublicised - ‘sting.’ Friends who have recently flown back to France from Stansted, report that the airline now carries out last minute checks at the boarding gate, pulling passengers out of the queue to measure and weigh their bags.

If you’re unlucky enough to be a gram or a millimetre over the prescribed dimensions you are clobbered with an on-the-spot fine of £40 and forced to check in your bag. This is presumably to weed out those guilty of buying a bottle of duty free, thus tipping their bags over the allotted ten kilos.

Of all Ryanair’s charges, this strikes me as the most insidious. Having circumnavigated check-in, security and the whole uncivilised process of flying with this airline - and by the time you’ve hiked several kilometres to the gate, since Ryanair is too cheap to pay for accessible parking stands - you could be forgiven for allowing yourself to relax without fear of being hit with any more charges. But no, Mr O’Leary has found one last way to mug and demean his customers before they board the plane.

Travis reports that one passenger - who had been daring enough to buy several cartons of cigarettes - reacted by unpacking his case, swapping his trainers for a pair of heavier shoes and trying to wear as much of his carry-on luggage as possible, in order to fit his cigarettes into his bag. Well done that man! I suggest anyone caught out similarly do the same: if Ryanair is going to treat its passengers like this, the only way to react is in a similarly small-minded way. Hopefully, faced with dozens of people unpacking their bags and changing outfits at the boarding gate, the airline might rethink this last-minute sting.

Meanwhile, should his airline ever go tail up, I have thought of another career for Mr O’Leary. Given his greed and propensity for mugging the public, he could join the appalling ranks of Hazel Blears, Mr and Mrs Ed Balls etc and become an MP.

comments (5)

1. Posted by Eagle_Wings on May 22, 2009 4:45 PM

and all this from the man who insisted on red carpet treatment arriving at a certainl airport ahead of an annual meeting once upon a time - they sent a car at dead of night, but red carpet treatment is reserved for heads of state only!

2. Posted by Aj on May 23, 2009 8:16 AM

Top tip from a friend! Buy a french 'hunting' waistcoat (sold in Decathlon), fill numerous large pockets to bursting, then wear! Voila!!

3. Posted by markyj on May 23, 2009 3:36 PM

Better still - let's all stop shopping in the airport departure lounge - that'll hit BAA's retail profits and perhaps they'll approach 'O'WEARY' and tell him to cut it out.

4. Posted by mimi pompom on May 25, 2009 11:31 PM

Well, actually Marky J, I think that it is part of his vendetta against BAA, as he must know it will stop people shopping airside. So I guess it's that and a combination of making a last minute buck out of his passengers, who by the time they reach the gate, are not in a position to refuse.

5. Posted by Louise Finch on June 7, 2009 8:50 AM

What a swine O'Leary is. I heard that we will now have to pay a pound to have a pee on board his aircraft. For goodness sake! We are held to ransom because Ryanair is the only airline that flies from our local airports in France and we have no choice unless we are prepared to take the train and travel all day to get where we want to go. I might just do that anyway if Ryanair pushes it's passengers too far. I now take only hand luggage, buy nothing either airside or on board the plane and hope for the best.

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