Bitterwallet poll - is Ryanair's boarding card penalty fair?
On Friday afternoon, Ryanair found itself in trouble with the law - Spanish law, but the law nevertheless. A judge in Barcelona ruled that the budget airline can neither demand that passengers turn up with their pre-printed boarding card, nor can they charge them €40 (£34) if they don’t.
In retaliation, a spokesperson for Ryanair claimed the judge was 'wrong' and Ryanair was well within their rights to impose the 'penalty'; if the issue was the charge, the spokesperson said, then they'd withdraw the service completely so passengers couldn't fly.
There was a mixed reaction from avid readers; some of you are happy to see the 'idiot tax' continue, others think it's acceptable but too steep; reader Stu pointed out that Ryanair's two week restriction means if you're abroad for longer than a fortnight, you're forced to find somewhere to print out boarding cards beforehand.
So over to you - do you think Ryanair's boarding card penalty is fair? Should you be able to arrive at the airport without a boarding card, and still expect to board the plane without penalty? Let us know, comrades: