Englishman Legally Changes
Name to Avoid Ryanair Fees

Adam West. (Photo: The Anton Savage Show)

By Cliodhna Joyce-Daly, Editorial Assistant
August / September 2015

In what could be mistaken for a fake news story, 19-year-old Manchester, England native Adam Armstrong (pictured below) legally changed his name to Adam West because it was cheaper than changing the name on his Ryanair ticket.

Armstrong was planning a trip to Ibiza with his girlfriend. According to IrishCentral, his girlfriend’s stepfather booked the tickets with Ryanair. Forgetting Armstrong’s last name, he checked Armstrong’s Facebook page, which lists Armstrong’s name as “Adam West,” as a tribute to the late Batman TV series actor, Armstrong says. And that was the name his ticket was booked under.

But because boarding documents have to match identification documents, Armstrong couldn’t fly unless he changed his booking information, for which Ryanair charges £220 ($336) – double the cost of the flight.

“I’m not giving Ryanair another penny,” Armstrong told The Anton Savage Show.

Instead, he learned a new passport only cost £103 ($156), and he could legally change his name for free, which is just what he did, saving nearly $200. And he plans to keep his new surname until his passport expires, seven years from now. ♦

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