Ryanair has long been condemned as leading the industry toward cattle car conditions in air travel. The budget airline headed by CEO Michael O’Leary has now been fined 3 million euro ($3.17 million) for abandoning its passengers.
Ryanair recently confirmed (here) that it is working with Boeing to reduce the bathrooms on its planes to a single bathroom and installing pay toilets on 168 planes. O’Leary previously revealed his dream of having passengers stand on flights to stuff more people into planes, here.
Given O’Leary’s view of passengers as luggage with legs, it is not surprising that Italy’s civil aviation agency has accused the airline of abandoning passengers stranded by last month’s volcanic eruption. The agency found 178 cases of Ryanair passengers who didn’t receive mandatory assistance such as food, drink and lodgings during the flight shutdown. Of course, since Ryanair does not want to give them free toilets, drinks, or food on flights, it would have been a bit out of character to give them help in a natural emergency.
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