Ryan Air boarding pass on A4 paper?

A dumb question... I've checked in for my Ryan Air flight and printed the boarding pass. However, I just got a message from them specifying that the boarding pass must be on A4 paper (ie, European size sheet). I don't have any paper that size, and I wouldn't know where to buy it. Does anyone know if they are really serious about this? That is, have you had them object to a boarding pass printed on 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper?

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17718 posts

Sherry, A4 paper is "officially" 8.27" x 11.69", which is close to the 8.5" x 11" North American letter size paper. I doubt that they're going to measure the paper but of course with RyanAir, anything is possible for an excuse to charge yet another fee. Happy travels!

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
11256 posts

Isn't it nice that everyone is so cynical about RyanError. An observation: when I first bought a Sparpreis ticket from the Bahn, it said the same thing about paper. I went out and got 11 x 14 paper and cut it to size and printed it. Then I printed it on 8½ x 11. I used the 8½ x 11 printout without a problem. When I saw how they checked the ticket I realized paper size wasn't important. They have a "tricorder" that scans the barcode. Depending on how far away they put the scanner, and at what angle, any paper size would scan. A lot of tickets used to be printed on B? paper, which is smaller. If you used it, the entire page might not print, and the barcode in the upper righthand corner would not be complete. But then, who trusts Ryan to be fair? Anyone who would put pay toilets on planes shouldn't be trusted.

Posted by Ms. Jo
Frankfurt, Germany
4754 posts

Hm, let's see, the Deutsche Bahn also requests this, so you might as well dump them in the same trash can as you like to dump Ryan Air. The problem with the paper, is that people do a "shrink to fit" and then it messes up the bar code and it can no longer be read. What does this have to do with the company then?
I might as well take a black ink pen and draw some lines on a piece of paper, as it is just as worthless, both to the Deutsche Bahn and to Ryan Air. p.s. you don't have to pay to use the toilet on Ryan Air, but you do have to at every train station in Germany.

Posted by Andreas
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2511 posts

It will print on Letter Size just fine. Don't worry about it. Tell your printer NOT to "fit to page" or so. Just print 100%. It'll probably start much higher up on the sheet as you're used to and strech down much further than a US-originated document, but it will fit.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7670 posts

"Anyone who would put pay toilets on planes shouldn't be trusted." Ryanair never did this and never will. Some people like to perpetuate myths to bolster their own prejudices. Your boarding pass will be fine on your regular paper.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8728 posts

Ryanair never did this and never will. It was the nutcase who runs RyanAir, O'Leary, who announced the policy. It hasn't happened yet, AFAIK, but I wouldn't trust the man to walk his grandmother across the road. Never Will is a very long time.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7670 posts

That's just it - it was never a "policy", only a possibility. It never happened, and I believe it never will because it wouldn't be permitted for health reasons. Ryan Air has a history of announcing things that never materialize. In their opinion, any publicity is good publicity.

Posted by Michael
Des Moines, IA
2155 posts

What does trust have to do with anything? Of course you can't trust capitalist elitist executives whose primary function in life is to create wealth for themselves at the expense of pretty much everything else. But it is what it is, and you can certainly choose to not do business with his airline if that's your preference. Others choose to do business with Ryanair. They don't know the CEO personally, so I'm pretty sure trust never enters into the equation for anyone involved. They make money, and you get a cheap, safe ride to your destination (or somewhere close maybe). Lots of people hate Ryanair, but many more must believe it to be okay, or they wouldn't be posting record annual profits. Even if they implemented the pay-to-pee proposal, tens of millions would still fly with them every year, because there would still be a positive value prop in it for them. Yes, if you don't read the fine print, you may end up pissed (no pun intended) with all of the fees, but that's no different than people buying travel insurance, not reading the fine print, and then getting pissed when the carrier won't reimburse them for something that wasn't covered in the first place but they thought should have been. Ryanair doesn't hide this information. And you also have to pay to use the WC in train stations in Italy (thinking of Milano Centrale), but you don't even get a toilet...just a hole in the floor (which I will never get since we're not talking about Somalia here). At least Ryanair gives you a toilet (and it's free).

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
11256 posts

1. Jo, you can forget the trash can when it comes to the Bahn. I just used a Bahn Savings Fare ticket printed with either "shrink" or "fit" (they look the same) with no problem. The barcode ends up about 10% smaller than with no scaling, but that's no different than if the conductor held his scanner 1/2" farther away from the page. The Bahn doesn't measure the size of the paper; they accept the ticket if it scans. So we know that the Bahn isn't motivated to reject a ticket based on a technicality. Jo, can you say the same with certainty about RyanAir? They do charge for all sorts of other things, whenever they can. 2. For sure the Bahn does not charge for the WC on the train. I did pay €0,50 to use a WC in some Bahnhöfe, but I think others were costless. O'Leary has proposed charging €1,25 (£1,-) for using the WC on his planes. I don't think the EU would ever allow it for sanitary purposes, but that he has said he would do it is not a myth.

Posted by T.
Seattle, WA, US
154 posts

I printed my boarding passes on 8 1/2 X 11 paper in the US before I left for Europe and had no problem with Ryan Air when I boarded about 10 days later.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7670 posts

I have also printed my Ryan Air boarding passes on regular 8.5 x 11 paper and they accepted it with no problem. So, yes, we can say that they will not "reject it on a technicality".

Posted by Elaine
Landstuhl, Germany
626 posts

I've traveled on RyanAir for 10 years now, and for at least the past 4 I've cut down the paper to just the borders--in the interest of packing light-ha. No one has ever said anything to me, don't worry. I really doubt anyone working there knows that regulation

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7670 posts

They probably only specify that size of paper because it is the standard in Europe, just like 8.5 x 11 is the standard here.