Ryanair passenger had €2,000 of jewellery taken from bag
A Ryanair passenger had about €2,000 worth of jewellery stolen from a carry-on cabin bag that was taken from her and put in the hold of an aircraft, a judge was told.
Marie McKeogh had sued the airline and had been awarded €1,800 compensation in the small claims section of the District Court which had ruled that the restrictions of the Montreal Convention did not apply to her loss.
Ryanair had appealed the District Court judge's decision to the Circuit Civil Court on the basis that the Convention, which restricted compensation for such loss to just €1,400, did apply.
Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard that when Ms McKeogh and her partner, James O'Rourke, turned up at Budapest airport for the return leg of their holiday journey, their cabin bags had been taken from them. Judge Groarke was told it had been explained to the couple that since they did not have a priority boarding ticket, their bags would have to be stowed in the hold of the aircraft.
Ms McKeogh, of The Village, Abbey Glen, Raheny, Dublin, said she had not removed her jewellery box from her cabin bag before handing it over because she knew it would be in the care of the airline and she trusted them.
She said that after retrieving her carry-on bag from the carousel at Dublin Airport, she had not immediately inspected it but later found that pieces of jewellery had been stolen.
She told Peter Lennon, solicitor for Ryanair, that the airline staff had not told her to remove her valuables.
"It didn't trigger with me that somebody might steal my jewellery," she told Mr Lennon.
Judge Groarke was satisfied the travellers were not warned to take valuables from their carry-on luggage before transfer to the hold.
He said the Montreal Convention did apply and awarded Ms McKeogh compensation of €1,400.
A spokesperson for Ryanair said: "We have instructed our lawyers to immediately appeal this decision."