Ryanair boarding pass charge "to increase to €100"
Happy anniversary to us! Again! This is Bitterwallet's 3,000th post, and so it's entirely fitting we spend it in the company of a certain Sky Marshall O'Leary and Ryanair. And yes, in true tradition of the budget airline's charge hikes, it's a story to cause tightening of both the wallet and the sphincter.
According to The Irish Examiner, the good Sky Marshall has rubber-stamped plans by Ryanair to increase the charge for arriving at the airport without a boarding pass printed at home, from €40 to €100 – an increase of 150 per cent. The increase was justified by O'Leary on the basis that "only a tiny number of passengers" still arrive for a flight without a printed ticket.
"You really must now check in before you get to the airport. If you don’t, the fine is €40; and if that doesn’t get rid of them all within a very short order, we double that fine to €100. We don’t want people showing up without the pre-printed boarding card."
Strange definition of the word "double" there. No date has been given for when the new charges will be introduced, but it's thought they'll begin at the same time Ryanair announces passengers must wear all clothing they intend to fly with to avoid baggage hall fees.