Ryanair attempts to profit from the dead and the fat
Only two days ago, Bitterwallet reader Mike read our post on the swine flu epidemic effect on the airline trade, and thought out loud:
Mike didn't have to wait long. While it's not a flight offer involving flying pigs, Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has taken advantage of the deaths of many and infection of thousands to- wait, you've guessed already, haven't you?
Yes, O'Leary saw an opportunity at a press conference to make headlines and push his flights by saying something thoroughly outrageous - that it was only dirty foreigners that would die from swine flu:
"Are we going to die from swine flu? No. Are we in danger of SARS? No. Foot and mouth disease? No. Will it affect people flying short-haul flights around Europe this summer? Thankfully, no."
"It is a tragedy only for people living ... in slums in Asia or Mexico. But will the honeymoon couple from Edinburgh die? No. A couple of Strepsils will do the job."
Strepsils! Of course! If only the World Health Organization had been told! Or the 159 Mexicans confirmed dead! Or the 23 month-old baby who died this morning in a Texan slum. Er. Strepsils! It cures ball cancer too, for sure! Thank you, Doctor O' Leary!
Or maybe swine flu is a risk to anybody who enjoyed a holiday more adventurous than ordering the paella at Lineker's Bar in Magaluf. And maybe it's a tragedy with consequences that'll reach far beyond the individuals it kills. It's likely that if Ryanair flew to Mexico, O'Leary would have been more particular with his words. Still, they're only foreigners, so they don't count.
In other Ryanair news, if you're fat, you're fucked - it genuinely looks like Ryanair is going to try and sneak through a fat tax, because "passengers voted overwhelmingly" for one. No they didn't - you put up a poll your site and asked them to vote in return for a cash prize, you cockends. Nobody spontaneously formed a consumer union and demanded it, did they? Jesus.