We chose the cheapest airline to travel back to the UK for Christmas and we fully expected the cattle truck treatment, and it was as usual, except that you can now actually book tickets on Ryanair. The flight leaving Salzburg wasn’t full and the staff were a mixture of English and Eastern European accents, but cheerful, one even daring to wear tinsel.
What made me laugh was the amount of selling that went on during the short journey. Firstly drinks and refreshments. Then twice scratch cards (for charity haha), then smoke free cigarettes, then luxury goods from the catalogue, then train tickets from Stansted. Talk about the Del boys of the plane world. Oh, and Newspapers, which you could buy yourself as soon as you landed.
Coming back was different, an evening flight. I knew about the restrictions on the cabin luggage, it’s all over the tickets and the website and you can’t really miss it. We’d measured ours and put them through the little measure box and ours were smaller than most people, but it didn’t stop me panicking as we saw several people being checked and having to pay. But I’m sorry, you are told quite clearly, over and over again. Then in the hold, it was quite a job getting all these little cases in, with coats. You can see Ryanair’s point, but if they didn’t restrict the main luggage, people wouldn’t try to get away with hand luggage. I didn’t really relax until we were on the plane and I knew our holiday loot was coming home uncharged.