This weekend on my way home from Italy I was denied boarding with my violin case as handluggage. I was directed to the ticket desk where I was informed that Ryanair now requires you to purchase an extra seat for an instrument. On the day the rate for a one way trip was the neat sum of 300 Eu (despite the fatc I paid 100 Eu for the entire flight). Pay or you cannot go home. I carried the UK rules that allow you to bring an instrument on board but they refused.
After 30 min of arguing I was allowed on board but told this would not happen in the future (Italian are mostly reasonable people).
On the Ryanair website I found the following:
"Smaller musical items such as a guitar, cello, violin or viola which exceed our cabin baggage dimensions may be carried in the cabin if a seat for it has been reserved and the appropriate fare paid. There is no checked baggage allowance associated with the purchase of an extra seat."
In others word violins and violas are now put in the same bracket as cellos despite the fact that they fit in the overhead compartment. This is in my view unreasonable and I hope it's due to a mistake.
Has anyone else had problems with Ryanair?
I will contact them to clarify the problem and get back.
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