This is not an airline I thought I would ever use. However, I booked a short break and only at the end of the booking did the lady mention it was a Ryanair flight. (Thanks to those of you on this forum that pointed out Ryanair don’t actually permit this; thankfully we were fine).
I spent forever obsessing about my hand luggage and in the end opted to take only a rucksack – was only staying 3 nights. As soon as I arrived at the airport I headed straight to their bag measurers to ensure it was the right size. Turns out it could have been double the size and it would still have been okay. However, I needn’t have bothered because no one checked the size or weight of the bag before boarding either of the flights. In fact, as far as I could see no one on either of our flights had their bags checked. I did wonder though if this was because of flight was running late because as we were queuing to board we could see people departing the plane. Funnily enough we taxied right on time and for the return flight we left about 10 minutes late. I spent ages entering the online check in details as there’s a charge for entering information incorrectly. Again, I needn’t have bothered as the guy barely glanced my passport as he tore my boarding pass. When we did get onboard there did seem to be a problem with some people’s luggage as there wasn’t room overhead for everything but they managed to squeeze cases under some people’s seat. The plane seemed clean as far as I could see and the seats were comfy. Only criticism was that the seats did not recline nor were there any pockets on the back of the seat in front of you to store newspapers etc. I didn’t purchase any drinks or snacks as I took my own on board. And the little interaction I had with staff was pleasant enough.
Another slightly annoying things was that my mum, who travels on a Barbados passport, had to have her boarding pass stamped before departure or she’s refused boarding. They make this very clear for the departure flight but I didn’t think it was necessary for the return flight. Praise God I decided to check to be on the safe side because it turns out it needs to be stamped in both directions.
So, the nightmares I had in the lead up to the flight were unfounded. However, there was a couple at our hotel who flew out on another Ryanair flight and were charged the £40 for being a kilo over weight. To me it begged the question of whether there was something they could have thrown away and purchased once they landed but hey. Would I fly Ryanair again? Probably not of my choosing but if I absolutely had to then I guess I would as long as I was careful to follow all their rules.