Aviation Ryanair soon will accept web bookings only By Michael Fabey / May 13, 2009 Share 1 -- Passengers booking new tickets on Ryanair will have do it online starting May 20, as the European low-fare airline pushes forward with a plan to eliminate all airport check-in counters by Oct. 1.The carrier intends to offer bag drop-off service only at the airports.When the airline goes completely online with check-ins, Ryanair will institute an Internet check-in fee of about $13.70 per person, as it had previously planned. The airline doesn’t include the web check-in fee in the base fare because the fee is excluded from promotional fares.The airline also is implementing a fee of about $54.82 for boarding pass reissue, charged to those who don’t have their online boarding pass with them. Ryanair is "encouraging all passengers to arrive at the airport with their preprinted web check-in boarding card," said airline spokesman Stephen McNamara.Ryanair's web check-in service allows passengers to check-in from 15 days to four hours before departure. They can print or reprint their boarding card up to 40 minutes prior to their scheduled departure time.Also starting May 20, Ryanair will no longer accept bookings for unaccompanied minors under age 16. All new bookings will require passengers, including infants and domestic flyers, to hold a valid passport or national identity card. The airline started its airport check-in elimination in March, when Ryanair extended web check-in to passengers who are not citizens within the European Union or European Economic Area, travelers with checked baggage and passengers with reduced mobility.At the same time, Ryanair also started charging passengers an airport check-in fee of about $13.10, which will be eliminated this month as the airline requires passengers to check in online, essentially swapping one fee for another."Passengers traveling without checked in bags have already embraced our online check-in service, and the extension of this service ... will allow all passengers to forever avoid check-in queues," McNamara said. "This will also allow Ryanair to lower our airport and handling costs and pass these savings to all passengers in the form of even lower airfares next winter."