By Deirdre Tynan • 18 August 2021 • 14:50
Ryanair warns of fake boarding passes.
Ryanair has issued a warning to customers regarding fake Boarding Passes issued by Kiwi.com for Ryanair flights.
Under EU regulation 2015/1998, it is mandatory that passengers complete the Ryanair check-in process directly to ensure passengers are informed of all safety and regulatory protocols required when travelling. Kiwi.com circumvented these essential aviation regulations by issuing their own boarding cards which are not valid on Ryanair flights.
Ryanair’s Director of Marketing, Dara Brady, said, “We became aware of these fake boarding passes when a small number of passengers who booked their flights through Kiwi.com arrived at the boarding gate without official Ryanair Boarding Passes last week.
“It is an obligation under EU regulations that an airline informs passengers directly of all safety and security policies regarding their flight, Kiwi.com are circumventing this by checking passengers in and replacing the Ryanair Boarding Pass with a fake Boarding Pass issued by Kiwi.com.”
From August 18 any Ryanair passenger with a Boarding Pass issued by Kiwi.com will be refused boarding as they have not complied with Ryanair’s safety and security protocols during check-in. Customers who wish to retrieve an official Boarding Pass can do so by accessing their booking via Ryanair.com or on the Ryanair app.
“Ryanair urges customers to only book direct on the Ryanair website or app and avoid booking via third party agents, such as Kiwi.com, who do not have authorisation to sell Ryanair flights or to issue Boarding Passes,” the airline said.
Earlier this year, Ryanair introduced the “Verified Seal” to further protect customers against these online travel agents who may be overcharging customers, providing incorrect customer details, and preventing Ryanair from dealing directly with passengers by providing fake email addresses.
Ryanair has secured a court order in Czechia requiring Kiwi to stop replacing customer email addresses with fake email addresses, and preventing Ryanair from communicating directly with its passengers, however Kiwi is not yet complying with that order. The Verified Seal is a guarantee for customers that they are booking directly on the Ryanair website and our branded tick which is visible on Ryanair.com and Ryanair app only.
Any passenger presenting a Kiwi.com Boarding Pass will be refused boarding on Ryanair flights. “If you made a booking through Kiwi.com we urge you to contact Kiwi.com to obtain the necessary Ryanair booking reference and email address so that you can complete check-in in line with our safety and security protocol. Ryanair check-in opens 24 hours pre departure for all passengers and 60 days pre departure for passengers who have purchased a reserved seat,” Ryanair added.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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