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Poll: What's the most stressful budget airline?
There's a certain pact you make when booking a low-cost flight, which is that in exchange for a cheaper seat, you're going to experience some sort of intense irritation.
This could be down to the queueing, the mediocre but overpriced food, the cramped seats or even your fellow passengers who, for some reason, might be perfectly normal in their everyday lives, but engage in Lord of the Flies behaviour the minute the boarding gate opens.
But while it is perfectly reasonable that you pay for your meals onboard and that there may not be allocated seating, there are other aspects that aren't reasonable at all.
Bad customer service, for one, or penny-pinching to an extreme that actually makes the flight unbearable. Our Twitter and Facebook users were quite passionate about certain airlines. Tiffany Derek on Facebook felt that EasyJet's prices were the "same as BA" but still charged for everything, while @relaxedtravel said: "Surely Ryanair for mistaking the plane's tannoy system for a cheap advertising medium?".
I flew with one such airline last weekend - no names mentioned for the sake of being unbiased - and was shocked that the airline's branded magazine was provided, but no seat pockets. That's right folks, seat pockets are now considered a luxury.
We all opt into some degree of hell when booking a cheap flight, but there are some that just employ unnecessary measures that make it worse than it needs to be. Take our poll of the main budget airlines that fly from Britain, and then tell us who you think delivers the most stressful travel experience and why.
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- Collecting lots of momentos and keeping them in a safe place
- Creating an online photo album and sharing with friends
- Keeping my personal digital photo collection to look back to
- Not really bothered about photos or momentos, the memories are in my head
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The ONLY reason why we fly Ryanair is because of its affordable fares : full stop .
Booking a flight on their site is a real pain-in-the-bum experience ! ( Click "yes" and click "no",... and more click "here" and click "there". ...Aaaargh...!!!. It goes on forever !! )