Over here in Europe, if you want to fly to any Eurozone country ‘on the cheap’, there’s one website to go to: Ryanair. Yes, those Irish paddies sure know how to sell it to you. For 20€ (24$) you can easily fly from the UK to Spain or from Germany to Italy. Of course, you’ll have to get up at 3 am to get to the airport and will not have an assigned seat or a lot of luggage, but for weekend and short trips, it is great.
There is a downside to it. Airports all over Europe, having seen their loyal customers flock to these cheaper airlines (Easyjet and Norwegian are the closest competitors) decided en masse to ‘lower’ service standards to Ryanair, even though they won’t admit this publicly.
The boarding gate for Ryanair is usually at the end of the airport and to wait for both exits to open when you are in the plane can take a bit.
Meaning that if you didn’t pay extra and you’re in row 30 of the plane, this can mean 15 to 20 minutes extra before you finally exit. One 57-year-old Polish national decided he had enough of all this crap and after sitting through a delayed flight which finally arrived in Malaga, Spain, he opened the emergency door and exited via the wing of the plane, trying to make his own way to the airport.
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Another passenger on that same flight, Mr Fernando Del Valle Villalobos, commented: “This man decided he wasn’t going to wait any longer. He activated the emergency door and left, saying: ‘I’m going via the wing’. It was surreal.”
“He was sat on the wing for quite a while until the crew managed to get him back inside.”
The passenger was arrested by local police afterward.