The flight was headed to Palma, the capital of Mallorca, and took off late as a result of the incident.
“I was given very little time, support or options in a very upsetting and stressful situation, 16 minutes before the flight was about to depart,” Ms Barke told the Independent.
“The system is flawed. If check in only requires the expiry date of a passport when in actual fact it’s the issue date that it boils down to, and subsequently can result in this kind of horrendous situation, the aviation industry has some big changes to put in place.”
A spokesperson for Ryanair said: “This passenger was correctly denied travel as her passport did not meet the entry requirements for travel to the EU (Spain).