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Is Ryanair Changing Boarding Procedures?

Tue Nov 05, 2002 5:01 am


Apologies if this has been discussed before (I have not noticed it), but after booking a Ryanair flight (LTN-DUB and back, Jan 21st), I noticed this in my confirmation e-mail:

Ryanair operate a priority boarding system, which allows you to choose
your own seat once you are on board the aircraft(subject to certain exceptions)
When you check in you will be given a numbered boarding card, so the
earlier you check in the earlier you will be allowed to board.

Now this is odd - they never used to do that before. Is that just some standard phrase that is in there, or are they in fact changing their boarding procedures? Has anyone made any recent experiences suggesting that these changes are being implemented?



PS: While on the topic: Does Dublin have any easy-to-access spotting locations? A visitor's terrace, for example?
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RE: Is Ryanair Changing Boarding Procedures?

Tue Nov 05, 2002 6:25 am

OK, I'm guilty. Wanted to bring the thread back to the top, so someone might actually see it and reply, answering my previous question...

So, just for fun, here's just a few of the terms and conditions I always find hillarious...

If flights are cancelled by Ryanair and no suitable alternative flight
is available, we will, upon application, fully refund all monies paid
in respect of the cancelled flight without further liability. Ryanair does
not provide meal vouchers or hotel accommodation at any time.

Very useful if you're stuck somewhere 1000 km from home, after you return flight has been cancelled  Big grin (10 pounds plus tax refund? Thanks a lot!!!)
I don't actually mind. But that's why I make sure to read the terms and conditions - I want to know what I am getting into. I only wish all other passengers would do so, too. It would probably save Ryanair check-in staff all around the world a lot of hassle...

French resident Children departing from France,
between the ages of 12 and 18 who are travelling alone must have a form
of indemnity signed by the Police or a Mayor of the town in order for them
to leave the country. They will be unable to board the flight without this
form. This document is also known as "Quittance de Territorie".

Not specific to Ryanair, I suppose, but still hillarious. I find it hard to imagine contacting the mayor of my town to be allowed to leave as 17 year old...

Infants under the age of 2 years (on the return date of travel) may fly for an
administration fee of tg5/ 8 each way provided they sit on an adult's lap.
(One infant per adult). No baby/car seats are allowed on board the aircraft.
If the infant reaches the age of 2 years prior to the return journey they must
pay the applicable fare, taxes, fees and charges for that part of the journey.

Now that is a bit odd. Normally, 2 year olds fly for free - after all they don't take up any space? Charging wheelchair users for their wheelchairs is one thing, but babies?!? What's next? A "diaper change" fee, a "whining during flight" fee and special baby food sold onboard for GBP 7.00? Common, have a heart at Ryanair!

This levy
(The insurance premium after September 11th) is grossly unfair in that the same amount is being levied
on all passengers regardless of whether they are fat cat business
people paying 000 on a first class long haul flight or price
sensitive passengers of Ryanair who are flying from Dublin to London
for as low as 9 one way. This is just another example of
discrimination against Ryanair's passengers and we will fight it
aggressively on your behalf.

Nooooo! Not on MY behalf! My life is worth just as much as a fat cat business class flyer, thank you very much, so I would like to think that it's only fair I pay the same insurance. After all, should some terrorist crash me into smithereens, my family are just as likely as any other to seek some form of compensation. As are the families of those buried underneath the low-cost plane I was in...

Except as the Convention or other applicable law may otherwise require,
carrier shall not be liable for any death wounding or bodily injury or claim
of whatsoever nature other than death or bodily injury arising from the
ce of carrier, its servants or agents arising out of or in connection
other services performed hereunder and the passenger hereby
agrees for himself, his personal representative(s) and dependant(s) to waive
all rights of claim against carrier and discharges carrier its servants and
agents for any such claim as aforesaid.

I urgently need a lawyer to tell me what that means. Probably not Ryanair-specific, but it sounds unpleasant, nevertheless!

BTW: Can anyone tell me what happened to the following rules and regulations I used to spot on my Ryanair Itinerary e-mails?

1) The wheelchair surcharge of GBP 15.00
2) The rule that prohibited anyone from bringing their own oxygen aboard for medical purposes, but offered to provide extra Ryanair oxygen bottles for GBP 70 for anyone who requested it?




RE: Is Ryanair Changing Boarding Procedures?

Tue Nov 05, 2002 6:38 am

Certainly the last couple of times I flew FR they were boarding by priority number - though the size of the groups varied from airport to airport. Of course, this just brings it more in line with WN/EZY.
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RE: Is Ryanair Changing Boarding Procedures?

Tue Nov 05, 2002 6:51 am

was at DUB on Saturday.They asked for people with boarding cards 1-65 to board first.
There isnt a spotting deck as such-I spent most of the time near a cafe watching arrivals.If you want to brave the weather you can walk round the back to the FLS hangar-its HUGE.
In it on Saturday was :
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Cityjet 146 EI-CWC
Martinair 763 PH-MCV
Air Contractors 727 EI-HCA
Khalifia 738 (TC-AP* leased from Pegasus)
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RE: Is Ryanair Changing Boarding Procedures?

Tue Nov 05, 2002 6:56 am

Easyjet operate the same way. the earlier you check in, the lower your boarding number, however no 20 may get on in front of No 1
I sup[pose its a easy way of making sure there are no late check ins.. but that is in an ideal world.
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RE: Is Ryanair Changing Boarding Procedures?

Tue Nov 05, 2002 7:18 am

You want the answer to the last question in terms that an ordinary person understands. I hate how us lawyers use language that no one else has a chance of understanding unless they went to three years of law school.

The phrase essentially means, that when you buy this ticket, and agree to travel on our plane, you are doing so at your own risk. You cannot sue us and recover anything, unless we were grossly at fault. they would like it to mean our plane was missing a wing when we left the airport, but we went anyway, didn't want to effect the ontime stats. However, it means generally if the airline knew or should of know of the problem with ITS equipment, or employees, and that is the direct cause of your injury, then they have to pay. Often times you could recover if their mistake at least partially caused the injury. The main thing this clause avoids is their having to pay if you bump your head because you weren't wearing your seatbelt, and the plane hits turbulence, or some crazy onboard does something really dumb and you get hurt. Also, a lot of what they are trying to avoid is covered by conventions such as Warsaw that limit the liability of the carrier in certian instances, such as lost baggage.

I hope this helped explain the clause a little bit. I tried to avoid the legalesse, but it still may be confusing. If you need more or better explanation let me know and I will try again.

BTW the boarding policy is the same a WN's.


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RE: Is Ryanair Changing Boarding Procedures?

Tue Nov 05, 2002 7:57 am

Cheers for the replies, guys!

That's really worrying to hear for me. I always liked the mad queueing and stampeding into the plane -sooo much fun to watch and be a part of! And the fact that, arriving 45 minutes before departure, I could still be the second or third person aboard the aircraft was brilliant  Acting devilish

Well, if they board by numbers (I know how the system works) then so be it. Just means I'll have to get up real early....

MSY-MSP: Thanks for the explanation. Yup, lawyers are madmen with an own language. As are philosophers. Ever tried readin Habermas? Be glad if you didn't!


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RE: Is Ryanair Changing Boarding Procedures?

Tue Nov 05, 2002 9:20 am

I had this at STN about 2 weeks ago. It was the usual rugby scrum on the flight into STN, though.

BTW, about a year ago (maybe more, maybe less), a flight into STN had a smoking engine on landing, so they performed an emergency evacuation, chutes and all. What I want to know is, was is more orderly getting off the plane than it was boarding in the first place?
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