(From a letter in the Guardian, Sep 6)
3 school students travelling to a music course in Italy had each paid in advance the £80 fee to check their violins into the hold. They had no other hand luggage.
At checkin, Ryanair asked them to pay £300 each to buy seats for their instruments.
Eventually they were permitted to check their violin cases into the hold and carry their violins, worth thousands of pounds, unprotected on their laps.
Meanwhile the lockers above their seats were completely empty.