We arrive at Stansted in good time but were caught in a long queue at the bag drop. We both had small suit cases and were waved through by the young lady at the desk, who assured us that the items were small enough to out into the cabin lockers. We proceeded through security, but both our cases were retained and we were asked to open them. Inside we had toilet bags, with certain items over 100ml., some of which were expensive. My wife was extremely upset and was unwilling to have items confiscated. The airport staff were very sympathetic and helpful and escorted us back through security to the Ryanair desk. There we had to weigh the bags, and pay 50GBP for each item to go into the hold, which is what we wanted in the first place.
We then hurried trough the maze of shops to the departure gate, only to find that there was a long queue. We were there, with priority passes, for over an hour. No explanation was given. Eventually the aircraft was boarded - it left the stand 63 minutes after the scheduled take-off time.
We have no real complaints about the flight itself.
For the return flight, we packed all the toiletries and liquids into one case, for which I paid 50 Euros for it to be placed in the hold. When we got to the departure gate, there was no sign of an aircraft and a long queue. The flight took off 95 minutes late, and arrived 75 minutes late at Stansted. The took another 30 minutes to appear on the belt, so we arrived home in Hertford at an extremely late hour.