Ryanair charges nearly £30 to carry on duty free

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.

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9 thoughts on “Ryanair charges nearly £30 to carry on duty free

  1. “We are not running around like Nazis targeting people,” he said Michael O’Leary. Er…yes you are Michael. ***<—GOT IT IN ONE***

    “We are doing this because, people with extra bags are slowing down the boarding of our planes. *** <– A CARRIER BAG OR TWO!?! WTF! ***

    “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.” *** <—BULL#HIT ***

    THERE YOU GO! … ANOTHER WAY RYANAIR WILL SHAFT DEFENCELESS PEOPLE FOR CASH!!

  2. When are you going comment about the latest appauling news that Mr O’Leary wants to charge us to use his toilets!! I have never heard anything like it!! In a confined space like an aircraft surely that is against human rights!!!

  3. As I have previously suggested – we have to put our money where our mouth is and NOT travel with Ryanair but if you, like me have some residual issues make sure that the AUC gets to hear about them. Their email address is: [email protected] or send a letter to:
    Air Transport Users Council
    CAA House
    45-59 Kingsway
    London
    WC2B 6TE

  4. Yes, Mike, and when passengers have it all in one bag, in many cases they will be made to put the bag in a small fitting rack. Most of the bags won’t fit and the passengers will have to check it in for a fee of 35 euros or pounds. Sure, with Ryanair passengers are very often damned if they do (what RA wants: one piece in the cabin) and if they don’t (check in baggage for the hold). Aer Lingus has the same one cabin baggage rule, but they allow passengers to carry small items like a newspaper, duty free or lap top apart. But Ryanair, as always, has to make it as nasty as possible. Never, ever will I submit to NastyAir and its tricks. If it succeeds to take over Aer Lingus I will go to Ireland by train, coach and ferry if no other airline will compete.

  5. I have just been turned away at the gate of Feurteventura airport with two other dissatisfied customers.

    I was queuing with a friend to board a Ryanair flight back to Luton on 13th December.

    I was at the back of the queue to board the airport at the gate. It seemed that everybody who seemed to have oversize bags was having them put into the measuring cage, or having them weighed. This resulted in them having to cough up a further 35 Euros to board the plane.

    This was having the effect of slowing up the process of boarding the plane significantly.

    When it came to me boarding, I was told that I could have my hand luggage, but I had two extra carrier bags of duty free and dirty washing. I was told I could only take 1 bag of Duty free.

    I proceeded to pack my washing into my undersized, underweight (10 Kilos) bag.

    When this was done I handed my self printed boarding sheet to a lady on the desk.
    She tore this in half and gave me the other portion.

    I proceeded down the ramp towards the plane where two passport control officers were stationed. I handed them my passport, and after examination they gave it back.

    I walked the extra 4 metres to the boarding tunnel and found it was closed.

    I went back and was told I was too late to board the aircraft.

    There was a couple there who were arguing that they could not board the plane.
    They did not even make having their boarding card taken or passports checked.

    I joined in the foray and put my 2 pennyworth in.

    At his stage the lady who tore off the boarding card, gave me the section back.

    I complained and was told I was to late.
    The Lady tearing off the boarding cards did not seem to know that the gate was closed, nor did the passport people.

    Anyway we were told we could not board the aircraft.

    The plane remained in place for at least another 20 mins.

    I went to there office manned by Clara, which was jointly run by Lesma Handling and Ryanair.
    I was getting nowhere, so I let the other couple write complaint forms.

    I could not be bothered hanging around wasting time and getting nowhere, so I proceeded to find another flight with various companies.

    As it happens I managed to get a flight via an overnight stop in Madrid with Air Europa to Gatwick. (Not Luton)

    Since arriving back in UK with great extra cost I have spoken to my friend, who was told, when standing at the gate to get on the plane or be left with me, and to miss the flight.
    He being sensible decided to board and save some money.

    I noticed in Madrid airport a sign saying Ryanair the on time airline.
    I now know why, they take as much as they can at the gate, and anyone left can kiss the trip goodbye.
    If you have to fly with them go to the front of the queue, not at the back.

    Regards
    D Harris

  6. “We are doing this because, people with extra bags are slowing own the boarding of our planes” – OK so making them go off probably after a huge argument and pay the fine is faster than just letting people on with a little extra duty free… hmmm pull the other one Ruin Air. You have ruined air travel for all of us. I wish someone eg. Richard Branson would start up a rival budget airline, similar all-inclusive prices and routes but with manners and we’d all leave Ruin Air stranded. C’mon Branson, we’ll support you, lets teach this nasty company a lesson once and for all!!

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