Ryan Air and Photographers - stressful experience


RoyBoy 15 303 2 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2013 4:05PM
My opinion of Ryanair is not a good one and given a choice I would prefer another, even if it meant paying more. Why?.... because I thought their hard nosed "sod 'em" attitude when they were quite happy to leave passengers stranded during the volcanic ash cloud problem of a couple of years ago was disgusting. Initially their policy was to leave passengers to sort themselves out and find their own way home/alternative hotel accommodation with no help from Ryanair. That was of course until it was pointed out to them that their actions were illegal and they were forced to change tack. Easy jet by comparison adopted the exact opposite attitude and were brilliant. I know because my wife and sister were on holiday during this time and got caught up in all this. Fortunately they had flown with Easyjet who could not have been more helpful. Two cheap flight carriers who views on customer care are at polar opposites. Top marks Easyjet and "the bird" to Ryanair
StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
27 Sep 2013 8:18PM
What we have to realise is that all of this non-service came about because the majority of the travelling public wanted lower prices, hence deregulation, the bane of people who like to be comfortable when they travel. I quit, almost 10 years ago when I retired; my cost didn't go up at all, because I get free passes for life for my wife and I as a benefit of retirement from the airlines. However, it is such a traumatic experience to travel now on any form of public transportation, that I don't go anywhere that I can't walk or drive myself. I was attacked a couple weeks ago by a taxi driver, he went for my throat with both hands. Fortunately, a security guard, a North American Indian about 7 feet tall, picked him up and carried him away, screaming and kicking. 60% of the cab drivers in our city have criminal records, so that form of transport is out. My wife has never been treated in a more ignorant manner than when she has travelled alone in a taxi with an immigrant driver. Most of them have no respect for women, maybe a carry-over from their own cultures. The one that attacked me, swore at me and told me to move my car so he could park there, I was in a free parking zone waiting for my wife at a casino on an Indian Reservation. He must have taken offense at my response.Wink
collywobles 16 4.0k 10 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2013 9:43AM

Quote:60% of the cab drivers in our city have criminal records, so that form of transport is out. My wife has never been treated in a more ignorant manner than when she has travelled alone in a taxi with an immigrant driver. Most of them have no respect for women, maybe a carry-over from their own cultures. The one that attacked me, swore at me and told me to move my car so he could park there, I was in a free parking zone waiting for my wife at a casino on an Indian Reservation. He must have taken offense at my response.Wink


Can you please let meknow which city this is so I make a point of not going there..... sounds a horrendous place to live.. (8o)
lemmy 13 2.9k United Kingdom
28 Sep 2013 9:47AM

Quote:Can you please let me know which city this is


Sound like any English village to me Grin
StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
28 Sep 2013 5:52PM
You have native Indians lemmy?Wink
stevekhart 14 4.5k 3 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2013 6:12PM
My 70-200mm came out of my Peli flight case with a broken skylight filter on a visit to Rwanda... lost all the hold luggage for 3 days on a trip to Mexico, had to greet the President's wife in not the ideal wardrobe... funnily enough never had problems with flights when it's for holiday, just when it's work.
lemmy 13 2.9k United Kingdom
28 Sep 2013 6:43PM

Quote:You have native Indians lemmy?Wink


No, or at least not many. You have Jihadists who got to Afghanistan to fight British troops and then come back to claim their benefits?

We all have our problems but life mostly remains manageable for most people, luckily.
Gundog 7 629 Scotland
28 Sep 2013 9:23PM

Quote:You have native Indians lemmy?Wink


There are Native Indians and Native Indians, Straycat.

I spent some time in Northern Saskatchewan in a facility run by Cree Indians and they were charming folk who worked their socks off for us.

All generalisations are dangerous.
StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
28 Sep 2013 10:08PM
If you read what I said in my comment above, I was assisted by a native Indian. I have no quarrel with them whatsoever, I worked with them many years ago when I was flying bush in Labrador, good people to have on your side.

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