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I'm flying Ryanair.. & crying.

Byline: Fiona McIntosh

I SWEAR I'll never do it again, but I'm desperate.

We need to get to an obscure part of South-West France and the only airline which flies there is Ryanair - or "Lyin'air" as it's known in our house.

By the time the online booking system had added taxes, fees, baggage allowances, handling fees (for the blinking credit card) and airport check-in fees, the two tickets I booked for pounds 19.98 had turned into a bill for pounds 106.12.

I know that's still a good price for two flights, but I also know it's just the beginning of our Ryanair ordeal.

If our luggage weighs more than 15kg (in one bag, mind, you can't share the load) we'll be hit with a massive extra-weight fee.

Then we'll be shunted into a cattle pen and forced to elbow other passengers out of the way in the vain hope of getting two seats together - unless we want to fork out extra for "priority boarding".

Once on the plane we'll be forced to pay for food and drink and the onboard magazine will be snatched from our hands before landing.

Never one to miss an opportunity to fleece the punter, this week Ryanair announced they're adding a pounds 5 fee to their online check-in service.

Last month Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary even considered charging passengers to use the onboard loo. Not that he needed to - he's already taking the piss.

Flying used to be a treat. It marked the beginning or end of our precious, hard earned holidays. Now, thanks to Ryanair, we all know why they call it cattle class.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 15, 2009
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