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Ryanair may ground Italian domestic flights in ID row

Ryanair jet takes off
Ryanair operates using online check-ins

Ryanair is threatening to stop domestic flights in Italy in a dispute over new flight boarding identification rules.

ENAC, Italy's civil aviation authority, wants airlines to accept ID such as driving, hunting and fishing licences.

On its Italian website, Ryanair says flights within Italy involving 10 airports will be grounded indefinitely from 23 January.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said he was "really sorry" for the inconvenience the decision will cause.

Ryanair says that since it started moving towards using entirely online check-ins, passengers are asked to show their passport or identity card before boarding.

The airline argues that the documents now allowed are less secure and this threatens flight security.

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