Jamesontheroad From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 541 posts, RR: 1 Posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2655 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?
ManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3011 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2514 times:
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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.
Wexfordflyer From Ireland, joined Jun 2009, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2198 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
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