UNITED KINGDOM – God Save the King, of course, but perhaps not God Save with the King’s Currency, at least not any time soon with the two main UK low-cost carriers.
Now that the Queen has passed, all currency must eventually be reprinted with the face of the new regent, in this case, King Charles III.
These things take time of course, as an official portrait must be taken, the molds that print the bills and coins must also be minted and printed, and then of course there’s going to be a long time for the new currency to make its way through the financial system.
EasyJet and Ryanair didn’t seem to get the memo, or perhaps they just didn’t care. Not one to be shy about charging fees to their passengers, both Low-cost carriers immediately published that they would accept the “queen’s currency” at airport locations, ticket offices, AND onboard the aircraft, but not without a currency exchange surcharge.
According to multiple sources, Joseph Turlington, an assistant to the head of communications for EasyJet, was overheard in a board meeting this morning speaking about the change.
“We’re obviously looking for ways to increase our bottom line, and what better way than to force a fee that cannot be avoided, except of course with the exception of paying with a credit or debit card. But cash? We’re going to eventually have to change all of that ourselves, so we’re going to need a surcharge to offset our time and labour costs.”
Mind you, the UK is not the only country to use the Queen’s image on its currency. Countries like Canada, Australia, and New Zealand all use images of the former leader on their currencies. No word yet if Jetstar, Bonza, or Air Asia will force their passengers to pay the same fees.
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