Man forced to pay extra £110 after he managed to get on wrong Ryanair flight

A Ryanair passenger was left gobsmacked after he somehow managed to get on the wrong flight and had to stump up over £100 after the mishap.

Elliot Booth, 29, baffled airline staff after he pleaded for help when he discovered he boarded a flight to Dublin instead of Barcelona on June 26.

The Leeds marketing manager had seconds to spare before the flight took off and ended up in a row with a fellow passenger who had the same seat number.

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Elliot boarded the plane from John Lennon Airport in Liverpool and said he arrived at the gate in "good time" as he tried to make his way to a work meeting, reports Yorkshire Live.

Speaking about the travel chaos, he said: "I then proceeded to follow the only route accessible to myself with my bags down to the left metal barrier onto a bus. None of their staff told me to do anything otherwise.

"I simply followed the queue in front, all my work colleagues were in the none priority baggage lane so separated from me at this point in the other queue."

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"Upon the bus pulling up I was dropped off at a Ryanair plane and waiting patiently to connect to the flight."

He added that he was holding some of his friends' bags at the time as his ticket had "all the luggage attached to it."

"I then boarded this plane without my ticket being checked and proceeded to sit in seat 14C. I sat down until a passenger with the same seat finally arrived.

"Then after a small disagreement over seating we both checked our tickets and he proceeded to tell me this was the Dublin plane not the Barcelona plane! I grabbed my bags and moved toward the front of the plane then informed a member of staff instantly.

"After informing staff I was ferried on a bus back to the gate then dropped off with no assistance whatsoever."

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Mr Booth said he approached staff to ask for help but they were all confused as to how it had happened. They checked the computer and after five minutes of trying to solve the issue, they told him he had missed his flight.

Elliot had to pay an extra £110 to rebook onto a Barcelona Reus flight and pay for an expensive taxi and train fees to get to his destination

"Overall the whole episode felt overall bitter and their staff just wanted to distance themselves and drop any responsibility," he added.

A Ryanair spokeswoman said: "This passenger boarded his flight from Liverpool to Reus (26 June) through the correct gate. However, this passenger then failed to follow the allocated route to the aircraft departing for Reus, and instead, took a bus from the gate next to his and boarded a flight departing to Dublin before being made aware that he had boarded the wrong aircraft.

"It is each passenger's responsibility to ensure they board the correct aircraft. There are several touchpoints throughout the passenger journey which inform passengers of the aircraft's destination. It was this passenger's decision to carry bags which were not his own for his colleagues and as this passenger passed through security control pre-boarding there was no security risk."

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