Imagine you've booked a flight home from France; you get to the airport, clear customs and then find out your plane that was to fly you home has been impounded!

Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Ryanair passengers were unable to board a plane when it was impounded because subsidies were owed to French authorities.

The jet was released Friday after Ryanair, a low-coast carrier headquarted in Ireland, paid a bill of $610,000 -- one day after the incident.

The 149 passengers were preparing to take off for a flight from Bordeaux-Merignac airport in western France to London late Thursday when French authorities ordered their Ryanair Boeing 737 impounded. They had already gone through passport control and security and were about to walk on the tarmac to board the plane when airport authorities told them to turn around.