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Fury as Ryanair seats passengers 'rows apart' unless they pay to sit together
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Normally this would not bother us, but my father needs assistance to go to the toilet and reminders re seat belts.
We spoke to ground crew and once on the plane,we did get the crew on board to alter seats for me to be next to my father, but this did not happen until after take off.
OH missed seeing any box for paying extra, trusting that with special assistance it would be ok, also once seats were allocated we missed seeing where we could upgrade pay to seat together.
Operationally necessary should only affect the last couple to check in.
I have flown Ryanair hundreds of times.
I have a booking coming up in a couple of weeks with the two of us - I'll keep an eye on it - I don't intend to pay extra for us to sit together.
If we get split up, I shall be very annoyed, despite reading it here first, and especially if I see evidence that I can still pay to sit together in normal non-surcharged seats that are otherwise used for free allocation.
It obviously can happen that not all members of a group can sit together with larger groups on full flights where they check in relatively late, but the implied probability that two adults frequently cannot sit together when the aircraft has 33 rows of 2 x 3 seats is a dishonest nonsense, and the probability that a parent and an under 12 cannot be seated together because all other available seats are already allocated is only about 10% less than for adults (I think only 15 seats out of 189 are out of bounds to children due to being emergency exit seats).
Are Ryanair really deliberately splitting up parents/kids, couples and groups and then demanding money to sit them back next to each other? If they do, I can scarcely believe the sort of warped mind that dreams it up and calls it "business". I would never trust that same mind to operate a "safety first" operation. The two types of thinking are incompatible.
Having given Ryanair some plaudits in the last 6 months, I might now still be tempted to collect two or three EU261 delay compensation claims which I was going to let ride ...
Let's see what I observe in the next couple of flights ...
Will you be paying for seats on easyJet? I've flown with them 3 times now, the first two trips my OH and I were seated apart on both legs of the journey, for the third trip I paid in advance for seats when I booked. I'm going away with them again in a few weeks and have already paid to choose my seats.
I flew out on London yesterday with Monarch and my OH and I shared a row of 3 seats with one half of a couple, his wife was seated about 10 rows away. He said he never pre books seats and just takes what is allocated and they are seated together for about 2 our of every 3 trips.
All views are my own and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.
Inbound we were 2 rows apart and there were a lot of people all around us allocated seats similar distances apart, resulting in a lot of horse-trading of seats! I can see why delays could be caused as someone mentioned earlier.
" know all the dodges. "
There are no dodges.I just follow the booking procedure as closely as I would with any other airline and book.
If I want to be guaranteed to be sat next to the missus I'll pay an extra measly two quid each but the reality is neither of us care for such a short flight.
Any inconvenience is minor compared to the thousands of pounds I've saved flying with Ryanair.
A knighthood for Michael O'Leary is what I say.
I checked in 9 people on a stag at the same time the other day and it threw us all over the plane. Quite funny really, I enjoyed the peace and quiet. A bit cheeky of Ryanair though in my opinion, but someone obviously had a brainwave in their "charge customers for everything we can" team!
In the case of stag/hen dos maybe Ryanair are doing the right thing!