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06 Jun 2011 12:00 AM by mike_walsh Star rating in Torrevieja. 594 posts Send private message

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A couple of interesting observations regarding air travel. I had two flights; easyJet to Liverpool and on to Riga via Ryanair so needed my baggage to be within the Ryanair weight limits; hold bag 15kg and hand luggage 10kg.

It was weighed by easyJet and it was spot on. When Ryanair weighed them they were each 1kg lighter. It suggests that Ryanair allow up to 1kg for error.
Passport. My renewed passport arrived after I had booked everything online. When my new passport arrived it was in effect a new one; with a different number to that I had checked in with. I half expected a heated debate or worse, turned away. No, all was as normal so it seems the actual passport number is not checked.


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09 Jun 2011 11:30 AM by suemac Star rating in Jumilla, Murcia. 1001 posts Send private message

First of all, I wouldn't rely on Ryanair allowing up to 1kg for error!  I flew back to Alicante from Stansted with my step-daughter recently, and we had weighed our cases before leaving.  When they weighed them at the airport (first time it has happened to me!), both our cases were about 1kg heavier than in the house and only just inside the limit.  OK.  We had both bought a sandwich and snack in Boots, but surely that wouldn't weigh 1kg?!  I have heard people say that Ryanair lean the other way, which may have happened with us.  My advice is to keep your hand luggage well within the limits.

Secondly, maybe you were just lucky with your passport?  I wouldn't like someone to think that a change in passport number doesn't matter and, unlike you, be turned away!



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09 Jun 2011 12:23 PM by Pitby Star rating in Andalucía. 1904 posts Send private message

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I don't know whether it has changed in the last couple of years, but usually your old passport is returned to you, along with your new one, and should bear a stamp inside saying that it has been extended/replaced by the new passport and will have the new number written.  I would also think that, if it's a new biometric passport, it will contain the information in the chip - not sure though.



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09 Jun 2011 1:02 PM by billyhood Star rating. 4 posts Send private message


If the weight of your luggage is queried ask them for the calibration certificateof the scales that usually causes a panick and then ask them to check the weight at another desk, there is usually a discrepancy between desks. This "weight discrepancy" should not occur between desks if the scales have all been calibrated at the same time. All supermarket,shops etc who sell produce by weight require by law to have their scales callibrated at regular intervals and the certificate produced should show a + - error recorded at the time. The check in desk scales will be covered by this law



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09 Jun 2011 9:46 PM by jogary Star rating in UK. 193 posts Send private message

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Ryanair will actually allow cases up to 15.9kg without additional charge - I asked a helpful Ryanair check-in person last year and she confirmed that this was their policy.

Have since travelled with cases weighing between 15.5 - 15.9kg and not yet been charged, so this appears to be correct.  

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10 Jun 2011 9:34 AM by lavge Star rating in Granada. 19 posts Send private message

I've also travveled with a case of 15.5kg and not been charged. I do try and stay within the limits though - and I must admit try and avoid ryanair anyway. Some times I can't resist their prices though.  

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