We’ve only just been alerted to this new scam of scams that Lyingair are employing and we think it is a bloody disgrace.
The no-frills airline said it had introduced the new levy to “ensure fairness to all passengers” and to stop the flouting of its luggage rules.
The rules have been brought in as Ryanair tightens restrictions on what passengers can carry on board its aircraft free of charge.
While hand baggage is free, passengers must pay for anything which gets put into the hold.
Under the new arrangements, which came into force at the start of the year, passengers must fit whatever they buy at an airport duty free shop into their one piece of hand baggage.
They also have to be able to close the bag with the duty free items inside the bag which can weigh no more than 22lbs (10kg) and be no bigger than 21.6 x 15.8 x 7.9 inches.
The policy is enforced by Ryanair’s staff as they check boarding passes at the gate.
Anyone found to have an extra bag – perhaps containing a box of chocolates or bottle of wine – will be given a choice if they cannot cram it into their carry-on bag.
They can either leave it at the airport or alternatively they can have their existing piece of cabin luggage put into the hold, and take the duty free on board.
For this they would have to pay the £28.50 Ryanair charges for checking in a piece of luggage at the airport.
Michael O’Leary defended the latest changes in the company’s baggage policy.
“We are not running around like Nazis targeting people,” he said Michael O’Leary. Er…yes you are Michael.
“We are doing this because, people with extra bags are slowing down the boarding of our planes. If you turn up at the gate with a bottle of Asti Spumante, all we are saying is shove it in your bag.
“I have been a victim of the policy at Gatwick myself when I turned up with a computer bag and a suit bag which was as light as a feather, and it is my own airline.”
But it was condemned by a spokesman for the Air Transport Users Council, the consumer watchdog.
“Passengers will start thinking that airlines are doing anything to get their money,” he said. “They will see through this and might start switching to other carriers.” Well lets hope this happens. Bunch of filthy thieving bastards.