This morning my wife and 8 year old daughter flew to Gatwick with ryanair to visit relations. A much anticipated trip for both of them. Due to previous experience of flying with ryanair, we checked and double checked the weight and dimensions of the pieces of handluggage. Both we're comfortably within spec. 10kg and 55x40x20 cm. Despite all this the departure gate attendant refused to allow one piece on the plane as hand luggage. They implied any resistance would jeopardise their chances of going on the plane.
The bag had to be checked in at the cost of 30 euro. This is clearly a bullying tactic forcing a woman travelling with a young child to cough up rather than risk upsetting the child. Let there be no doubt the bag was within spec and in fact has been on a ryanair flight as hand luggage in the past.
Travelling with this shower is becoming a deeply unpleasant nessecity.