Ryanair invents ‘five year’ rule for children’s passports

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Europe’s largest funds airline is popping passengers away from flights from the UK to Europe by making use of non-existent guidelines.

Since Brexit, British passports should meet two circumstances for journey to the European Union:

  • On the day of journey to the EU, issued lower than 10 years in the past.
  • On the meant day of leaving the EU, at the least three months remaining earlier than the expiry date .

All legitimate kids’s passports mechanically meet the primary check: they’re issued for a most of 5 years and 9 months.

However Ryanair insists: “Underneath present EU guidelines which apply, a toddler’s passport have to be not more than 5 years outdated on the date of journey.”

There isn’t any such rule. The European Fee confirmed to The Unbiased:

“The circumstances set out in article 6(1)(a) of the Schengen Borders code (i.e. that the passport’s validity shall lengthen at the least three months after the meant date of departure from the Member States territory, and that that the passport shall have been issued inside the earlier 10 years) should each be complied with in the intervening time of entry.

“The situation that the passport should have been issued inside the earlier 10 years doesn’t lengthen at some point of the meant keep. It’s sufficient if this situation is fulfilled in the intervening time of entry.

“To offer a sensible instance, a non-EU traveller arriving on 1 December 2021 for a 20 days keep within the EU with a passport issued on 2 December 2011 and legitimate till 2 April 2022 will likely be allowed entry.”

The Unbiased contacted Ryanair after 15-year-old Zak Schoneville was denied boarding at Glasgow Prestwick airport for a vacation in Tenerife. He carried a wonderfully legitimate passport which was 5 years, two months outdated and had 5 months to run.

The household flew with out drawback the next day from Edinburgh to Tenerife with Jet2, which applies the foundations appropriately.

Ryanair has now offered an announcement studying: “This UK passenger was appropriately denied boarding in Glasgow Prestwick as a result of his passport was not legitimate for journey to the EU.

“This teenager’s passport was issued in March 2017, and due to this fact exceeded its permitted 5 years validity for entry to the EU in March 2022, and was not legitimate for journey on 2 Could 2022.”

Demonstrating that this assertion has no foundation in truth, Zak Schoneville’s passport was accepted with out query each by Jet2 employees at Edinburgh and Spanish border officers on arrival in Tenerife.

Ryanair has additionally been misapplying European passport guidelines for adults, denying boarding to many passengers who’re appropriately documented.

The Unbiased has requested Ryanair for a gathering to debate its insurance policies. It has additionally requested the Civil Aviation Authority what motion it should take to influence the airline to use the proper guidelines.

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