FR (And Its Pax) Are Back To Their Old Tricks

Open Jaw

We haven’t talked much about Ryanair hijinks of late.

Things have been relatively quiet in the blue-and-yellow skies since the grown-up decision was made to put on a nicer face, embrace (or at least not publicly berate) customers and, just maybe, tone down bombastic founder Michael O’Leary’s outrageous tongue.

After all, this ain’t Spirit Airlines. This is Ryanair, which will carry 113 million pax this year. A little dignity is required, right?

Let’s call it a work in progress. We noticed two stories this week which sound more like the FR of old.

The first involved a pax who was refused more beer on a short flight from Tenerife to the Spanish mainland. He responded by leaping from his seat and running down the aisle screaming: “There’s a bomb! It’s going to explode!” (As you do. If you’re a moron.)

Pilots radioed ahead for help and a police reception was ready as the plane landed at Santiago de Compostela. Much delay resulted.

The other FR story concerned O’Leary’s remarks at a Creative Minds conference in Dublin. The topic: a plan to extend bike paths and lanes in the city of Dublin.

As usual, the wonderfully offensive O’Leary pulled no punches.

“That’s all we need in Dublin is more blooming bicycles. In a country where it rains about 250 days a year, the way forward for Dublin is, more bicycles,” O’Leary said. “Let’s just go back to walking all together. Soon we’ll be living in caves designed by Dublin City Council. Traffic won’t work, there’s nowhere to park the cars and yet this is a smarter way forward.”

The airline boss wasn’t done. He still had the knockout punch. “We should take the cyclists out and shoot them.”

Cyclists can rest easy though. For O’Leary, shooting people is a figure of speech. A couple of previous examples:

On travel agents: “Take the ******* out and shoot them. They are a waste of bloody time. What have they done for passengers over the years?”

On consultants: “Every idiot who gets fired in the industry shows up as a consultant somewhere. I would shoot any consultant who came through my door.”

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