Teen changes name to avoid paying $455 booking error fee

Teen changes name to avoid paying $455 booking error fee

A British teen legally changed his name to avoid paying 220 pounds (S$445) to an airline, after his ticket was booked under the wrong name, according to Business Insider.

19-year-old Adam Armstrong from Manchester, UK, was travelling to Ibiza with his girlfriend with tickets booked on budget carrier Ryanair by his girlfriend's step-father.

When booking the flights, he used an alias that Mr Armstrong used on Facebook. He booked it under "Adam West", not knowing that it was not his real name.

Adam West is the name of the actor who starred in the 1960s "Batman" television series, said Market Watch and Mr Armstrong is a big fan of his.

Mr Armstrong was told he had to pay 110 pounds ordinarily for a name change, but since it was a two-person ticket, the error fee was doubled.

According to Market Watch, the imposed fee is to keep people from reselling the fares.

Mr Armstrong then changed his name for free via a deed poll and then purchased a new passport for 103 pounds, 117 pounds lesser than Ryanair's fee.

He told radio show, Today FM's The Anton Savage Show, he is not giving Ryanair a penny.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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