A RYANAIR customer has claimed he and several other passengers boarded a flight only to find their seats on the plane didn't even exist.

Gerry Harrington and around eight other baffled passengers were left standing at the back of the plane at Stansted Airport in London after realising their row of seats were missing.


The holidaymakers were due to fly out to Dublin on October 21 for a Subbuteo tournament and were meant to be seated in row 35 of the plane.

However, 62-year-old Gerry said they quickly realised that the plane only went up to row 33.

Gerry, from Haverhill, Suffolk, captured a video showing himself and others crammed into a space at the back of the plane as they waited to find out what was going on.

Footage shows a man in a hi-vis vest radioing for assistance to solve the issue and suggesting that passengers be put on standby.

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The camera then pans to Gerry who says: “Everyone here has paid for seats.

“We’re stuck at the back of the plane as they have overbooked, no they’ve sent a smaller plane.”

Speaking today, Gerry said: “It happened to a few people and suddenly we were all standing at the back of the plane with no seats and everyone wondering what might happen.

“Everyone was showing their boarding passes and it was clear there had been a mistake somewhere.

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“We were told by Ryanair that if we got off we could have £250 each and that they would put us up that evening and get us a flight in the morning but we would’ve missed the tournament.

“People on that plane were needing to get home and we weren’t so we did get off of the plane.”

Dozens of people left comments on the clip, while some had even found themselves in the same circumstances.

One person said: "Ryanair only operates two types of aircraft. The Boeing 737-800AS which is slowly being replaced by the Boeing 737-800 Max.

"I'm guessing (and it is just guessing because I have had enough info to find your date and routing) that you were scheduled to fly on a Max, that has 197 seats, but were sent an old 800, which has just 189 seats."

Another wrote: "This is typical of Ryanair. Never any communication.

"They know full well that the replacement plane won't have enough seats. You won't get a peep out of them."

A third commented: "Happened to me in July. Can't believe this is still happening!"

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A Ryanair spokesperson said: "Due to an aircraft change, a very small number of passengers on this flight from London Stansted to Dublin (21 Oct) were moved to alternative flights the following day.

"Affected passengers were provided with overnight accommodation and will receive compensation. Ryanair sincerely apologises to these passengers for any inconvenience caused.”


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