A PASSENGER has been refused boarding to her flight to Malta because she has not bought enough perfume, sunglasses or Toblerones.
32-year-old Carolyn Ryan was told she did not qualify for boarding after security personnel flagged up her failure to purchase even a magazine from WH Smith before going to the gate for her flight.
She said: “Apparently because I hadn’t met ‘minimum spend limits’ on a previous flight I’d been placed on a no-fly list, and it was all in the terms and conditions.
“And while I was kicking up a fuss the other passengers were all walking past, pointing to their board shorts or litres of gin or fancy moisturisers, tutting like I was the fool.
“I frantically dashed back through the airport and bought a party bag of Daim bars and a bottle of Guilty by Gucci, but by the time I got back I’d missed it.
“My dad said I was an idiot, and in the 70s you weren’t even allowed at your gate until you’d bought at least 400 Silk Cut. It’s ridiculous.”
The news follows the emergency landing of a Thomas Cook flight to Portugal last week after a passenger put the whole plane at risk by refusing to buy £20 of charity scratchcards.