Spanish court tells Ryanair to stop charging passengers without boarding cards
Little-known loved/loathed Irish airline Ryanair has its nose bloodied in a Spanish court after a swarthy judge decreed that it has no right to force customers to print out their own boarding cards. It was a decision that may have caused steam to fly out of the ears of Ryanair Sky Captain Michael ‘Michael O’ Leary’ O’Leary but we’re not sure to be honest.
The Barcelona-based judge announced to a packed, hushed court that Ryanair can neither demand that passengers turn up with their pre-printed boarding card, nor can they charge them €40 (£34) if they don’t. Apparently it’s all to do with international air travel conventions – conventions that Ryanair have evidently been flouting.
But the controversial airline are refusing to be beaten by the judge and will be appealing against the decision. Their spokesman Daniel de Carvalho, launched into a magnificent tirade following the decision, saying...
“The court is wrong. You need the boarding card to fly. If a passenger arrives without a boarding card, we find an ad hoc solution to their problem. The €40 is a penalty for doing that. We serve the boarding card in exactly the same way that the passenger makes the booking, by internet.
“If the problem is the €40 charge for this service, we'll simply stop offering the service. That, of course, will mean the passenger who arrives without a boarding card cannot fly.”
The man behind the court case is Dan Miró, a Spanish lawyer whose business it is to throw legal action darts at airlines through his company retrasos.net. He said: “I like Ryanair in some ways, but it seems to believe it can make up all the rules. It has to observe the law too. The conventions on air travel are ratified not just by Spain but by Ireland and the United Kingdom as well.”
We’ll keep an eye on how Ryanair react to the decision. Our money says that they’ll soon declare themselves to be an independent state, with their own set of laws, enabling them to charge passengers who don’t speak the designated Ryanair language during flights – a language we’re nicknaming ‘Fucking Bullshit’.