Had a heart attack? That'll be 7€ please, says Ryanair
An apple a day will keep the doctor away, but a sarnie after a heart attack will cost you if you're flying Ryanair. Yes, you can already guess the story from the headline, but we'll indulge you in the details regardless.
Passenger Per-Erik Jonsson was flying Ryanair from the UK to Sweden when he had a suspected heart attack and stopped breathing. Tended to by his stepdaughter, a nurse, the passenger started breathing and came around, at which point Ryanair cabin crew attempted to help out. "They said he had low blood pressure and gave him a sandwich and a soda. And they made sure he paid for it," said his step-daughter.
Furthermore, something appears to have been lost in translation; the step-daughter claims they were forced to drive to the nearest hospital upon landing in Sweden, because there was no ambulance waiting for them when they arrived. However, Ryanair's chief bugle blower Stephen McNamara said:
"In line with procedures for such cases a Ryanair cabin crew suggested a diversion to the nearest airport or to have an ambulance on stand-by on arrival at Skavsta, so that the passenger could receive medical treatment. However, the passenger’s companion, who identified herself as a nurse, declined this offer."
In other Ryanair-related news, the EU is wading into the dubious practice of airlines promoting cheap 'headline' prices and failing to mention the extra cost. An inquiry into the matter has been launched, with the European transport commissioner saying he is concerned about airlines offering attractive prices for flights before piling on baggage charges, credit and debit card fees, and check-in fees. It follows action by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) last month to force travel companies to make all debit or credit card charges clear from the onset.