My first issue with Ryanair is their baggage allowance; 15kg! Normally when my partner and I travel on short-trips, we only use one suitcase. However, I failed to read the automated email properly, and missed the fact that not only do Ryanair have a stingy baggage allowance, but you are not allowed to pool your baggage either. So my partner and I had to share 15kg! There we were, at Bristol airport, stuffing our smalls into our hand-luggage, and putting on several layers of jumpers etc. I am prepared to admit this my fault. But it put me off Ryanair before I even got on the plane.
So as you can probably guess, we were well over our weight limit for the return flight and had to pay £36 - that's £12 per kilo! If only we had booked another bag for the bargain price of £12.
Normally, I'd rant on about priority boarding, but I've found the loophole in that system that fills me with glee everytime I beat those that did pay for it, onto the plane.
What did bother me though was the irrating music they insisted on playing all through the flight (A Europop version of Chopsticks with the repetitive lyrics 'fly, fly Ryanair'). I was flying to Marrakesh which is a 3 and a half hour flight. And every half hour I was awoken with this dirge and some bint with a trolley trying to sell me crap food I had no intention of buying (havn't Ryanair had enough of my money from thier credit card charges and their £4 for the privilage of checking in! Inconveniencing their ground staff!)
And as for the seats, I felt really sorry for the guy sat beside me. I'm not a large girl, but the seats are so tiny, that I felt that I was sat on his lap. They also don't recline, so forget dozing off for half an hour. I managed to sleep through take-off, but awake as soon as gold old chopsticks was pumped through the air like some form of torture.
I now regret whinging about Easyjet. After flying Ryanair last week, I'll never say anything bad about them again. I understand that Ryanairs marketing strategy is to be the cheapest but you have to begin asking questions about who these people are that are willing to substitute comfort for a cheaper seat!
And as for baggage limit. How is that going to help tourism in poorer countries and reduce carbon footprints? Everyone's just going to end up flying with lots of half empty bags.
Ah! Now that I have that off my chest. Anyone else been caught out by these stupid baggage limits? Or been driven to the point of hijack by Chopsticks??