Couple gobsmacked as ‘Ryanair charges £78 to bring pastries on board flight’

A couple flying with Ryanair claimed they were charged a massive £78 upon board a flight from Majorca.

The pair alleged the massive extra cost was levied against them for bringing two pastries on board.

In light of the fee, the Balearic Islands government called for an urgent meeting with the budget airline after its pastry rules came to light, reports the Mirror.

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It's claimed Ryanair tried to charge passengers to bring cakes onboard, allegedly saying it exceeded its cabin baggage limit and asking for a fee of €45 (£39) for each of the delicious baked goods.

Two passengers at Palma de Mallorca airport tried to each carry an ensaïmada, a traditional Mallorcan pastry, along with their hand baggage, it has been reported.

Generally, you must obey the baggage rules when boarding your flight which means you limit yourself to a rucksack or handbag but often a carrier bag with a food item is overlooked.

Items purchased after security before a flight at the airport are also not generally counted towards your luggage allowance.

Iago Negueruela, the Balearics’ tourism minister, called Irish airline Ryanair to the meeting "in order to defend local produce and avoid any kind of discrimination", it was reported.

The ensaïmada de Mallorca is made with strong flour, water, sugar, eggs, dough and a kind of reduced pork lard named saïm. The name of the pastry comes from the Spanish word saín, which means lard.

Pep Magraner, the president of the Balearic Islands pastry-makers association, said the issue is Ryanair specific – but he still wants the rule changed, so sales of the regional treat are not impacted.

A number of officials are reportedly furious as they worry tourists being charged for treats inside the airport means the local businesses who sell there will be affected.

"All the other airlines allow passengers to take two ensaïmadas on board," he said.

"It’s only a problem with Ryanair, but we’re talking about a lot of flights, especially to the Spanish mainland, which is the destination of most of the ensaïmadas."

Mallorcan politician Jaume Alzamora voiced his fury, saying airport authority Aena does "business" with the commercial establishments inside the airport, "often with companies from outside Mallorca".

He added: “Més has sent a letter to Aena and Ryanair to allow Mallorcan products bought outside the airport to be carried without restrictions or extra costs for tourists, because the aim is to defend Mallorcan products made in Mallorcan bakeries and pastry shops."

Around 2.3million Brits visit the hotspot so tourists have a big impact on the local economy.

Flights to Majorca can cost as little as £34 for a return, according to Skyscanner.

This means if the couple were reportedly charged £39 for their in-flight treats they may have doubled the amount paid for the journey.

Ryanair’s basic baggage allowance lets you bring one small personal bag on board. But, this must fit under the seat in front of you meaning a rucksack, laptop back or handbag.

Daily Star contacted Ryanair for comment.


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