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In theory, it's against Ryanair policy to let anyone enter the plane without a valid identifying document. In practice, you have to try! Do not call their telephone infoline or anything like that, because they will tell you it's not possible. Be sure to contact Ryanair at the airport as early as possible during your flight day. Take the police report with ...


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Is it legal for a third party in general to stamp my passport? Your passport won't be stamped. Only the print out of your boarding pass, with a stamp that says "VISA VERIFIED" and a signature. Here's an example: Is this a one-time document check only? No, unfortunately you will have to go through the same procedure every time you fly. Just why ...


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Normal airlines will have a period of "Boarding" before "Last call": Ryanair's first call is also a "Last call". The gate probably actually closed at something closer to 20:40. In other words, the window isn't as short as they pretend, but they want to put pressure on the customers.


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In Europe, the question is covered by Regulation EC 300/2008. Annex I, section 5.3 reads Baggage reconciliation Each item of hold baggage shall be identified as accompanied or unaccompanied. Unaccompanied hold baggage shall not be transported, unless that baggage has been either separated due to factors beyond the passenger’s control or ...


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The number of fatalities caused by a certain airline does NOT reflect how safe that airline is. The number of fatalities can be very high due to a single accident which is caused by reasons not related to the safety of the airline in question. Usually people tend to think of safety only when it comes to airplanes, this is wrong. The safety of an airline is ...


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Ryanair moved all its flights to Charleroi according to their own communication with the original flight times until at least the 29th. You are right that Charleroi can not accommodate all flights for all airlines from Zaventem. But not all airlines are moving to Charleroi. Some are moving to other airports and others are cancelling. As an example, Brussels ...


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While I wouldn't dismiss safety procedures as unnecessary, you know very well that you will not automatically be hurt if an airline ever skimps on one. According to Wikipedia, Ryanair has had exactly one "incident and accident" in its entire history. Two crew members and eight passengers were taken to hospital with minor injuries That's it. Any ...


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I'm not sure it is relevant (and the case is closed anyways) but some countries (checked for UK, Poland and Germany) allow you to get a temporary passport not only from an embassy, but also from a consulate, which are usually located in other major cities besides the capital.


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I mostly see this for low-cost airlines. In that case, most passengers will have been processed before the aircraft even touches the ground. The gate will already be closed when passengers from the previous flight finish to disembark. So yes, they can and do change the gate at the last minute. But in some cases, it seem to go beyond that. Announcing late ...


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This rule was instituted after the Lockerbie bombing. Pan Am flight 103 was a multileg flight from Frankfurt to Detroit, via London and New York. There was an aircraft change at London. A passenger, booked to travel from Frankfurt to Detroit, loaded a suitcase bomb onto the first aircraft at Frankfurt and he himself travelled with it as far as London. At ...


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Nope. Two different flights means two bookings on Ryanair. Annoying, but true.


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You have answered your own question by providing the official reason Ryan Air do this: to ensure compliance with immigration authorities When Ryan Air first introduced this policy in 2009, they claimed: A Ryanair spokesman said it had introduced the rule early this summer to allow non-EU and -EEA passengers to use web check-in. Previously, the ...


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In principle overbooking does not happen in ryanair and in most LCCs. There might be other reasons but one of them is to assure that you take your hand luggage with you. Ryanair charges extra for checked in luggage therefore almost everyone carries hand luggage. This used to be a problem because there is not enough space inside the cabin for everyone to put ...


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I've watched the documentary, I should note that it's several years old (2006 if I'm reading the roman numerals at the end right), EU regulations have changed since then and much of what they talk about is not directly safety related. Ryanair can not care about their customers (getting there, being happy, etc) -- as long as the care about the overall safety ...


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I measured the box in BSL and it was 21,2 x 41,2 x 58 cm. However, the 58 cm are not exact because firstly the box has two rounded rods at the bottom, which makes it slightly smaller at these points, but it's open to the top so this dimension won't matter to much I guess.


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The need to unload the baggage of passengers who don't show up at the gate is driven by concerns about bombs in checked baggage. The general principle is: It should be impossible for a passenger to deliberately cause a bag he checked in to be carried on a flight that he is not himself on. If someone could check in a bag and then have a reasonable ...


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I have flown from the USA to Thailand with computer monitors in my checked baggage without issue on a couple of recent occasions (and I use a roller duffel, so effectively zero protection against theft). Most thievery from luggage is small, easy to conceal items like jewelry, cameras, phones, tablets, music players. A big monitor in its original box is too ...


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The European Aviation Safety Rules are quite strict and non-compliance will quickly get you grounded or banned (if you are a non-EU carrier) from European skies. While there may be some trivial difference in overall safety between airlines that comply with these rules, any airline that is in compliance is far safer to travel with than driving. If Ryanair ...


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They do sell alcoholic beverages: http://www.ryanair.com/en/questions/what-snacks-and-drinks-are-available-onboard/


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Airports at which gates are announced late normally have a hall with shops and restaurants from which the piers with the gates can be reached without any additional security/passport checks. Nearby the gates, there tend to be no shops (but possibly some vending machines). Announcing the gates late thus helps the airport with making revenue - the passengers ...


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From my experience, it entirely depends on the flight personnel. They can do a lot of things when they feel like it. So if you have the police report (which you apparently got), even a copy of your ID and maybe some other ID document (drivers license?) it should be fine. And like the others mentioned, you can get a temporary passport at a consulate: ...


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For the case of Ryanair in short: no. Ryanair only sells one-ways or returns so the only case is missing your first flight and still wanting to take the return. That is possible without any actions necessary on your part as stated here on their website FAQ: You don't need to notify us if you are unable to travel and if you can’t use your outbound ...


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After posting the TSA information below, I noticed the ryanair tag. Here's what they have to say about sharp objects, emphasis added: 8.10.1.2 Pointed/edged Weapons & Sharp Objects; pointed or bladed articles capable of causing injury, including axes & hatchets, cleavers, arrows and darts, crampons (grappling iron, hooked bar of iron, or plate ...


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OK, here's the answer. Three hours after making my booking I've received the following email from National Express: So the answer is to wait a few hours while they issue a ticket.


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I think the hard limits set by the regulation are the individual dimensions. In other words, according to Ryanair, the largest possible checked luggage is a parallelepiped measuring 81cm (height), 119cm (width) and 119cm (depth): Anything larger than that, on any dimension, will not be carried by Ryanair, regardless of whether or not the other dimensions ...


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Ryanair's terms and conditions do not allow you to upgrade a 15 kg bag to a 20 kg bag. If you have booked 15 kg, you will have to pay for a possible excess. Currently the price is 20 EUR per kilo. You might be better off by booking 20 kg from the start. It is possible to check in (additional) luggage at the airport, even after the online check-in. However ...


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I now called Ryanair's telephone support for Germany (+49 900 116 0500, 0.62 EUR / minute). To find my booking, I had to specify my email address, my postal address, and flight data. Support said that, possibly due to a technical glitch, my email address is missing in their system. They then entered the email address, and soon after I received my booking ...


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Over the past year, one of the most effective response methods I've found is to tweet the company's twitter account. Many big companies and certainly several airlines have social media monitoring set up now, and will try to 'take it offline' to prevent public airings of discontent on twitter (no company wants to risk their name trending for a bad reason). ...


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While they shouldn't have lied like that you legitimately missed your flight anyway. Airlines always require you to be at the gate some number of minutes before the flight, usually at least 10. Departure time is when they plan to actually move the aircraft. They have to get everyone seated and all the luggage stowed, the last possible boarding has to be ...


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Low-cost airline transfers are non-protected even if you fly with the same airline on both legs, which is why they typically won't show up in a search. Not only that, you will have to book each leg separately (again, even if they're with the same low-cost airline). If you search with SkyScanner, tick the option "Non-protected transfers" under "Multi-part ...



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