Earlier today, my wife missed a Easyjet flight due to a mix up with passports. Our 16 your son was put on the plane, in the hope she could get onto another flight. He has flown alone before, so not a big deal. She called me in tears from the airport as there were no Easyjet flights with any unsold seats. Unfortunately Easyjet do not offer standby flights.
I found there was an Ryan Air flight leaving 2 hours later. She rushed over to Ryan air to enquire into this. The flight was full, however, they do offer standby. Well, in a typical Ryan Air fashion, they charge £250 and if the flight is full, too bad, you loose the money! yes, that is right, standby on a full flight costs £250 but if you can't get on, they don't give you your money back. Is this even legal?
As it happened, she did manage to get a seat, which was the main concern. I do think that this Airline really does deserve to go bust. Easyjet is no frills but they are club class compared to Ryan Air.
Anyway, she is flying club back (Easyjet).