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6 compelling arguments for queuing for Ryanair flights

Let them be.

q2 Source: @bronwynfleming0

IT’S THAT TIME of year again.

The airports are busy, the fretting over how many kgs you have is in full swing, and in airports far and wide people are queuing for Ryanair flights.

Queuing, despite the fact they have an assigned seat.

“WHY ARE THEY QUEUING”, you might rage. “WHY CAN’T THEY STAY SITTING DOWN UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE”, you may seethe.

We’re here today to be at one with the queuers. To respect their craft. And to offer these words of solidarity…

1. RESPECT

q Source: @thiepvalwood

It takes courage to be the first one to stand up and get behind that “Other Q” sign, boarding card and passport clutched tightly in your sweaty paw. Respect to you early adopters. Respect.

You must surely feel the stares of hate from your fellow passengers, and still you queue on. Respect.

2. UNDERSTANDING

q4 Source: @jamesplcross

Once a queue begins to form, it becomes very difficult to resist its power. Those who cannot quell the uncontrollable compulsion to join should not be vilified. Herd mentality is real, people!

3. SUSPICION

queue Source: @nadinewalsh

What if the people in the queue know something you don’t? What if all the the allocated seats were declared null and void when you weren’t looking? Stranger things have happened on Ryanair flights. It pays to be vigilant.

4. TOLERANCE

q5

How is the queue harming you in any way? Turn a blind eye. Show tolerance to your fellow passengers. Let them queue, for they have earned it. They have diligently squeezed three days worth of clothes and so many, SO MANY, tiny toiletries, into their hand luggage. Let them be.

5. COMPASSION

sea Source: @muineachain90

If you must truly still look for the real reason behind the queue, you need look no further than the overhead bins.

Consider the number of passengers. Consider their overstuffed hand luggage. Consider the sweating as you pace up and down the aisles searching for somewhere to stick your 12kgs, because the space over your own seat has already been taken by Mary and Pat from Longford with their two coats and their matching cases from Dunnes.

Sure, if you hang on till the end the staff will probably give you a yellow sticker and put your case in the hold free of charge, but are you willing to take that chance?

Hand luggage anxiety is real. Do not dismiss it.

6. TENDERNESS

saet Source: @charlesallen15

We’re all just trying to get to an airport 60-80km from our final destination in one piece. Be kind to one another. Let the queuers queue. They have their reasons.

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