Student Changes Name to Avoid Ryanair Charge

Ashley Tressel
This student figured out that it would be cheaper to change his name than to pay a Ryanair administration fee.

Adam Armstrong

What started with a fake Facebook name ended with an actual name change.

Adam Armstrong, or, on Facebook, Adam West (joke referencing the actor who played Batman in the 1960s), decided to change his name and rush a passport because it would cost less than the Ryanair fee to change his name on the boarding pass.

According to NPR, his girlfriend's stepfather bought him a plane ticket with the West name on it — and the airline wanted $336 to change it. Adam changed his name for free by deed poll and only paid $157 to rush through a new passport, saving more than half the cost. For those of you wondering what a deed poll is, here is an explanation from the UK Deed Poll Service:

"A Deed Poll for a change of name contains three declarations and by executing the Deed Poll (signing, dating and having your signing witnessed) you are legally committing yourself to:

  • Abandoning the use of your former name
  • Using your new name only at all times
  • Requiring all persons to address you by your new name only."

Seems pretty drastic to save about $150, but, apparently, Adam really wanted to visit his girlfriend. Perhaps it was a practical joke played by an overprotective father? Nevertheless, Adam West lives on.

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