The Story Of The Guy Who Changed His Name To Avoid Paying Ryanair $270 For Name Change Fee

Adam Armstrong, a student from Leeds, United Kingdom, legally changed his name to Adam West because it was way cheaper than paying Ryanair’s fee to correct a booking error.

Here’s the story.

Armstrong and his girlfriend wanted to fly to Ibiza. The girlfriend’s stepfather went online to reserve the tickets, but he used the name Adam had on Facebook, which was Adam West instead of Adam Armstrong. (the article continues after the ad)

“Her stepdad got my name from Facebook but I had put it as Adam West as a joke, because he was the actor who played Batman on TV”, Armstrong said. “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 ($270)?”

Instead of accepting the fee, Adam joked with his friends that it would probably be cheaper to change his name than the ticket. Just for fun, he decided to look into it and he was shocked to find out that changing his name was indeed, cheaper. In fact, it was half the cost! And so he did!

He proceeded and changed Adam Armstrong to Adam West via Deed Poll, which is a free service, and got a new passport for £103 ($135).

Problem solved!

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Photos: Daily Mail