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Passengers stranded when Ryanair flight took off early

January 15, 2013, 9:22 amYahoo!7

Twenty people were left behind in a Polish airport last week when their Ryanair flight took off 30 minutes early.

Passengers stranded as flight leaves early

Many flyers like to arrive at the airport early, enabling time to beat the crowds, pick up a few magazines and ease flying nerves with a pre-flight drink. There are those times, however, when en route to the airport circumstances lead to you arriving for domestic check-in just in the nick of time: like a flat tyre, pulling over for your toddler to pee, or simply sleeping through your alarm.

Make it to check-in 30 minutes before departure and you can breathe easy, but what if you scrape it in time only to find your flight took off early?

Stranger things do happen...especially on Ryanair.

Twenty people were left behind in a Polish airport last week when their Ryanair flight took off 30 minutes early.

The Telegraph reports the flight was due to leave Warsaw Chopin Airport at 11.30am, but left at 11.00am in error.

Due to maintenance work at the usual airport Ryanair flies out of - Modlin - the airline was using Chopin Airport, which couldn't give them their regular departure time of 11.00am, instead pushing it back to 11.30am.

Ryanair's spokesman said passengers had been told the correct boarding time.

"Warsaw Airport is responsible for the accuracy of the information displayed on its customer service screens and it is each passenger's personal responsibility to ensure they are at the departure gate before gate closure/final boarding, as per the times indicated on their boarding card," he said.

"Over 140 passengers boarded this flight without issue and Ryanair assisted the small number of passengers who failed to show up at the departure gate on-time for their scheduled flight departure."

Has your flight ever left early? How did the airline assist?

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  1. swingmanic03:53pm Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Michael O'Leary' should go undercover as an ordinary pax for a week or two just to get a taste of being treated like cannon fodder!!!...These bl@@dy arrogant, sociopath airline bosses like O'Leary and Joyce make me puke and airlines that have these figureheads at the helm don't deserve to be in business!!

  2. scott03:12pm Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    At Belfast a Ryan air check in agent saw me walking towards her and a couple of metres before reaching the counter she put up the closed sign - I was gobsmacked and had to overnight in Belfast and take the next morning flight out

  3. Jacqui02:25pm Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    We left about 40 mins early for a flight from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Luang Prabang (Laos). Basically everyone was there, no other planes were taking off and they obviously thought "why not". Our car was even waiting for us when we got to LP. If only the flight from Melbourne to Sydney was as easy.

  4. Glib01:15pm Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    That's why it is cheap. Just like Jetstar. If you don't want to take the risk, get the train or bus. Or start taking night classes so you can get a better job.

  5. sunshine11:28am Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Well Well Well why the hell would you fly with this bunch of *******s, i just cant work people out perhaps all the dumb bum passengers used to work for Ryan air at some time, give them a miss folks and maybe they will go away and stop giving people the sh**s

  6. Chris11:07am Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Typical Ryanair. They're cheap but treat their passengers like total rubbish.