Now Ryanair scrap airport check-in to save money
Checking-in online has become part and parcel of the airline industry, but Ryanair are to continue revolutionising the way we travel by scrapping physical check-in desks altogether. By the end of the year, all the pre-flight shenanigans will be have to be done through the internet.
Ultimately, it won't make the front-of-house process at the airport that much quicker - bag drops still require you to display ID and boarding passes, answer security questions and, if your bags are over the weight limit, stump up cash. That said, these changes are all about the consumer according to Ryanair, as they always are; the additional savings will be passed on to the customer, blah etc.
Chief executive Michael O'Leary told The Telegraph:
"All we will have is a bag drop where passengers can drop off their luggage; otherwise everything will be done online. Ultimately, we want just one in five people to check in luggage."
Other press reports claim that Ryanair is aiming to cut costs further by:
- asking passengers to contribute a 5 litre jerry-can of jet fuel before flying
- introducing the concept of "seat-buddies" which sees two passengers sharing the same seat
- removing seats form aircraft and selling them to churches to replace pews
- replacing plane routes with buses where possible