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Man Changes Name to Adam West to Avoid Airline Fees

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | June 09, 2015

Man Changes Name to Adam West to Avoid Airline Fees

Dealing with airlines and the fees associated with changing information about your flight can be a daunting experience, but one English man is getting one over on the system by legally changing his name instead of paying a $336 fee.

According to Harriet Meyer of The Guardian, 19-year-old Adam Armstrong from Manchester, England, had received a ticket on Ryanair airlines form his girlfriend's stepfather, who thought his name was Adam West.

Armstrong used the name Adam West on Facebook as a joke—that being the name of the actor who played Batman on the 1960s TV series—and the plane ticket his girlfriend's stepfather bought him had the fake name on it instead of his real name.

After discovering the error, Armstrong went to Ryanair and addressed the mistake. Unfortunately, the airline would only fix the issue if he were to pay the stunning $336 fee (£220) to make the necessary changes. Instead, the 19-year-old man changed his name for free and bought a new passport for $158 (£103.)

Armstrong—or West as he is known now—spoke to The Guardian about the situation:

“Ryanair were not helpful at all. We showed them we were not trying to change the person, just the name, but they wouldn’t back down. Ryanair pride themselves on being a customer-centric business, it just seems like a joke when they wouldn’t change the name. I just thought it was completely ridiculous. All they needed to do was hit the backspace key on a keyboard and they want to charge me £220?”

Ryanair claims that the company charges such outlandish fees to ensure that people do not buy the tickets at a discounted price and re-sell them. Armstrong was charged double due to the fact that the ticket was round trip and it was on the same booking as his girlfriend.

While the stunt saved the teenager money on his plane tickets, his father was reportedly upset at the name change, but Armstrong insists that he will change his name back in seven years when the current passport expires.

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