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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: August 26, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

    Michael O’Leary and the Arctic explorer

    Deaglán de Bréadún

    Get an earful of this. It comes from the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4 this morning (text version here.) The Ryanair boss is defending his airline’s conduct during last night’s emergency on a flight from Bristol to Spain which was diverted to the French city of Limoges. The passenger interviewed about the experience happens to be a polar explorer.

             His description is quite terrifying, especially coming after the Spanair and other disasters. At the same time, it has to be said that O’Leary responds very calmly and rationally. After listening a second time, I felt reassured. Others may not be. As a frequent flyer I would like the airlines to be a lot more proactive than they are at present in telling us about safety procedures and I don’t mean showing us how to fasten a safety-belt. It’s a life and death issue. Deaglán

    • jonathan says:

      Hi, I believe O’Leary handled it very well. They followed all the procedures and got the plane down safely with minimal impact on the staff and passengers.
      It is just another band wagon for the moaning public to jump on about Ryanair.
      Keep up the good work Michael and continue to batter the government.

    • I agree with you that O’Leary is a good performer on radio and TV. He keeps his cool no matter what the allegations against him and his airline. However, my point about the paucity of information on air safety stands. To take one example, it seems pretty obvious now that passengers ought to take a set of earplugs with them as it was reported that 16l people involved in this incident were taken to hospital suffering from ear problems after the plane descended 8,000 metres (26,200 feet) in five minutes. Deaglán

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