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I booked 6 seats with Ryanair to fly from Dublin to East

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I booked 6 seats with Ryanair to fly from Dublin to East Midlands Airport UK for a family funeral. I booked the seats on-line and checked their website for the travel documents required. Their site stated that 'Any photo ID which matches the passenger name int he booking' was acceptable. However, when I phoned the next day to check that a Driving Licence was acceptable, I was informed that all passengers must hold a valid passport. Unfortunately, my uncle who is 89 did not hold a passport. As a result, we had to make alternative travel plans.
Passports are not required for travel between Ireland and the UK and is a specific requirement that Ryanair have. They confirm that travel between the 2 countries is treated as International but yet their on-line booking did not require passport details which would be normal for International flights.
Have I a case to pursue here?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

According to Ryanair’s terms and conditions on their site it specifically states that “A driving license is not accepted as a travel document on international flights.” Flights between the UK and Ireland are obviously international as they are two different countries and this will not be a domestic flight.

Full details of the requirements can be found here:

International travel requires a valid passport, or you could also use an Irish Passport Card.

Whilst Ireland and UK are in the Common Travel Area and you do not need a passport to enter either country if you travel from the other, that is an immigration issue. This is just part of the requirements for travel – in addition you may have specific requirements by the airline you travel with and you will need to meet these in addition to any immigration requirements.

This issue has been in the news in the past and has highlighted that Ryanair does have its own requirement for all travellers between Ireland and the UK to have valid passports and it has even gone as high as the Irish Government, which refused to issue a bill to ensure that the requirement for a valid passport is waived.

So as far as it stands I am afraid you will not have a valid argument to hold Ryanair liable as their terms of carriage were clearly stated on their website and by purchasing tickets you would have agreed to them.

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