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FR Priority Boarding Cards: Open To Abuse?  
User currently offlineJamesontheroad From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 600 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3444 times:

In an unusual eight months of frequent Ryanair flights between UK and continental European airports, I've noticed that passengers who have paid for priority boarding are accepted at the gate with only a visual inspection of their home printed boarding pass. The barcode that is scanned at security and the gate seems to contain no information about priority boarding.

Now, I'm not a Photoshop genius, but if were to print two boarding passes, one with priority and one without, I reckon it would take me about sixty seconds to doctor the non-priority pass to read 'Priority Q.'

Since I don't care enough to try this out myself, could anyone tell me how Ryanair (or indeed any airline) spots genuine pre-paid priority boarding customers when the only check of that part of the boarding pass is visual?

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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3031 posts, RR: 44
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3303 times:

If the check is indeed only visual, it's just that - visual. Until there isn't too much abuse, I guess it's not worth the effort to do any other checks. If all FR passengers start photoshopping their boarding passes, they will probably take appropriate measures.

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User currently offlineWexfordflyer From Ireland, joined Jun 2009, 553 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2987 times:

I do remember flying from DUB to MAN or LGW, can't remember which one it was, about 2 years ago. There was a big bunch of us flying and we checked in at the airport. We noticed that on some peoples boarding cards the check in agent had just written "PB" in a little circle. Copping on we all just did the same and all of us got Priority Boarding without paying a cent! I never actually paid for and sed priority boarding with FR so don't know the exact way they used to do it before you had to check in online. But I am pretty sure it was alot more foolproof than this. Don't know why it was that day but we got away with it anyway  Smile

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