Would You Change Your Name to Avoid an Airline Fee? This Teen Did
Holy mistake, Batman! Adam Armstrong became Adam West to avoid a Ryanair change fee. (Photo: Adam West/Facebook)
What do you do when an airline wants to charge you $337 after you discover that the wrong name was accidentally listed on your plane ticket? Why, legally change your name, of course!
That’s what 19-year-old British citizen Adam Armstrong did when he realized that his girlfriend’s father had booked a Ryanair plane ticket for him under his Facebook moniker — Adam West — instead of his real name. (Yes Adam West, as in the Batman character.)
“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 British newspaper, The Sun.
Armstrong appealed to Ryanair, but the budget airline wouldn’t budge: it wanted to levy £220 ($337) in fees to fix the mistake. This is actually double the normal name-change fee of £110 because Armstrong shared the booking with his girlfriend, so both tickets would need to be amended. Ryanair is known for its strict and hefty fees, including £45 ($69) to check-in at the airport and up to £75 ($115) to check a suitcase.
The savvy teenager discovered that it would actually be cheaper to legally change his name (free!) and get a new passport for £103 ($158). And so he did it, legally changing his name to his Facebook pseudonym.
Ryanair is known for its fees. (Photo: Phillippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)
In response, Ryanair issued a statement to explain why the airline is so strict about change fees: “A name change fee is charged in order to discourage and prevent unauthorized online travel agents from ‘screenscraping’ Ryanair’s cheapest fares and reselling them on to unwitting consumers at hugely inflated costs.”
Amami, as I fondly call her, has been practicing Judo – one of Japan’s traditional martial arts – since the age of 5. Since she started, she has gone through the many required trainings, such as running for endurance, muscle strength, and the many techniques in Judo; making her a well-rounded athlete, both physically and mentally.
I’ve always thought of her as a sweet little girl, with usual interests, such as drawing and reading comic books; something that you’d expect from a child her age.
I was gladly surprised to know that she was actually into the sport, enough to win those major competitions.
I am very proud to show everyone one of the brightest, talented and high-spirited students that I’ve had – Watanabe Amami: Congratulations, do your best and I am honored to be your teacher!
最近、ビリギャルという映画が公開されていることを生徒から知りました。（英語名はフライングカラーズ。）Recently, I have learned about a newly-released movie titled Biri Gal, or Flying Colors in cinema, from my students. タイトルとはうらはらで感動ものとの話。They say that , despite its title, it’s a feel-good movie.
It describes a high school girl named Sayaka who was always at the bottom of her class then embarks on a journey of transformation and eventually makes it; successfully passing the most difficult entrance exam for any university in the country.
My own students talk about the film so hard that I felt I had to see it myself. So I did last night.
In the film,there were many scenes that I sadly experienced myself, or should I say , everyone must have experienced at least once – such as arguing with parents, teachers, sibling fighting. With all these challenges going around her, Sayaka finds herself forced into a hopeless situation.
For the rest of the story, please go to the theater.
All these reminded me of how it was during my time when I went to Keio University and took the very same entrance exam. I can still remember it as if it was yesterdayDroves of aspiring students came, requiring policemen to direct human traffic and keep order – only because of the sheer number of examinees present.
When I arrived at my seat, in front of me was a boy from Nada High School – considered to be the top senior high school in Japan – also taking the test. With all the hard preparations in studying, the hassles of just making it inside the building with all the other students, up to being with the same room as a person belonging to the best senior high school, it really dampened my spirits; making me feel the sense of failure and chagrin immediately.