Sky Marshall chooses not to obey laws and abandons stranded passengers instead
Oh Michael, Michael, why must you continue to alternately dazzle and hurt the children of Earth. We speak not of Michael Jackson, because he’s probably hiding away in the Middle East, but of Michael O’Leary, the Sky Marshall of Ryanair.
Sky Marshall has infuriated hordes of Ryanair passengers and right-thinking types everywhere by flouting EC laws designed to help stranded passengers who have been held hostage by The Ash Cloud.
The rules, which are supposedly quoted on Ryanair’s website (it was late when we wrote this and we didn’t check) state that airlines must provide food and drinks and hotel accommodation if appropriate when passengers are stranded, with no time or monetary limits on the commitment to the poor stranded folks.
O’Leary is choosing to interpret the law differently and is merely offering them a refund on the price of their ticket, which could be as little as… well, nothing, in some cases.
Sky Marshall noisily parped: "There's no legislation designed that says any airline getting a fare of €30 should be reimbursing passengers many thousands of euros for hotel accommodation. It's absurd. I don't have a problem with everything being grounded for a day or two but there should have been a much faster response by the governments and transport ministers and by the regulators. This is one of these issues we want addressed – why exactly are the airlines expected to be reimbursing people's hotels, meals and everything else when the governments are the ones who made a balls of this?"
Then he angrily and repeatedly stabbed a pin into a voodoo sausage dog that had ‘The Government And Everyone Who Doesn’t Agree With Me’ painted across its back in Tippex. Probably.
Dear reader, does Sky Marshall have a valid point… or is he just a twat?