Well here’s an oddly creative solution to a stupid mistake. Via The Daily Mail:
A student changed his name by deed poll to go on holiday – because it was cheaper than fixing a Ryanair booking error.
Batman fan Adam Armstrong, 19, would have been forced to pay £220 – double the price of his flight – to correct a mistake by his girlfriend’s stepfather, who booked him a flight under the surname West.
But he avoided the cost by changing his surname by deed poll to West for free and by getting a new passport under the name for £103, The Sun reported.
Mr West and his girlfriend India Lomas, 17, will fly to Ibiza with Ryanair as planned next week.
‘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,’ he told the paper.
Ryanair said there would be a £110 charge for amending the name, but because his girlfriend was on a separate booking, the administration fee would have had to be paid twice.
I’m still not sure I get why he had to pay the fee twice (wouldn’t it have to only be paid once precisely because his girlfriend was on a separate ticket?). And I also wonder whether he can change his name back to what it was easily once the trip is done? Either way, seems like a big headache and a lot of paperwork. But I guess it did get him in The Daily Mail!