What we’re reading: Ryanair adds compensation fee, FAA studies windshield fires, patdown was more like ‘fondling’


Flight canceled? You’ll pay for it, says Ryanair

In order to have the funds to compensate passengers for flight delays or cancellations, Ryanair decided to charge all passengers a compensation fee.

The airline announced yesterday that it would impose a £2 [US$3.22] levy on all passengers in order to provide compensation for those passengers who face delays and cancellations, UK papers report. The fee will be €2 for passengers outside the UK.

The airline said that over the past year it has suffered costs of over 100 million euro arising from flight cancellations, delays and providing right to care, compensation and legal expenses arising from more than 15,000 flight cancellations and over 2.4 million disrupted passengers

In a statement, the airline repeated called the regulation “unfair and discriminatory”, claiming it had been forced to pass the costs on to customers.

“While we regret the imposition of this £2 EU261 levy, the extraordinary costs which have been imposed on us by delays and cancellations under these discriminatory regulations must be recovered from passengers,” Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said.

FAA studies jet windshield fires

The Federal Aviation Administration is taking a closer look at windshield fires on Boeing aircraft after two 767s developed cracks in their windshields.

They showed evidence of electrical damage and were replaced as soon as the aircraft landed, according to government and industry officials familiar with the details. On both planes, mechanics also replaced a part that controls heat to the windshield, according to one person familiar with the details.

In one case, these officials said, the pilots continued to fly hundreds of miles after the first sign of trouble, without diverting to a closer airport or declaring an emergency.

The incidents are prompting new concerns about the adequacy of federal safety rules and voluntary industry efforts to combat windshield-fire dangers on wide-body Boeing 767 and single-aisle 757 aircraft.

US woman claims airport pat down was more ‘fondling’ than ‘frisking’

A woman who went through a pat-down at New York’s LaGuardia airport said that it felt more like ‘fondling’ than ‘frisking’.

Nancy Campbell, 33, an urban planner from Brooklyn, was frisked at La Guardia Airport last week, and she said she was left traumatized by a touchy-feely female TSA agent before her flight to Washington.

“If I had been physically attacked, this would have been a very, very similar experience,” the New York Post quoted her as saying.

Campbell had already cleared security and was approaching the gate when the young agent stopped her, told her to drop her stuff and demanded she stand spread-eagled.

As passers-by gawked, the TSA agent patted Campbell down, touching her breasts, inner thighs and crotch, and when she protested, the agent issued an ultimatum.

(Photo: Deanster1983/Flickr Creative Commons)

  • AKFlyer

    According to the Consumerist article on this incident — which appeared last week — Campbell was one of several passengers accosted near the gate area and “re-screened.” Sounds like TSA belatedly realized something wasn’t right about someone’s status or carryons on that flight. TSA needs to realize that, having already made it through the checkpoint, passengers don’t expect to be treated like escaping suspects as they proceed through the airport. “Supervisor!”