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Old 6th Feb 2014, 15:42
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If you read the article it does not mean that at all.
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Old 6th Feb 2014, 15:56
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If you read the article it does not mean that at all.
Not yet but it will be.
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Old 6th Feb 2014, 21:31
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100% oxygen bottles are essentially little bombs, remember what happened to that Qantas 747 a few years back when a faulty oxygen bottle went kaput? Tore a chunk out of the fuselage. I can understand why some airlines would be so strict about it
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Old 6th Feb 2014, 23:08
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I can understand why some airlines would be so strict about it
Can't understand any airlines that are not.....given warnings on toothpaste today, anything a passenger brings should always be queried
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Old 7th Feb 2014, 17:12
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Passenger oxygen

Ryanair have got it right in this case. Oxygen is a very hazardous substance. Materials that would not normally ignite can do so, in a pure oxygen environment. The only cylinders permitted on board an aircraft are properly designed and certified units that have a "Form 1".
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Old 7th Feb 2014, 20:41
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Racedo, I'm curious about something. I think Ryanair were totally correct in this instance, but in other cases were bending the rules might be better than the PR nightmare of not doing so, such as the case of that surgeon who had to change his flights to bury his family and was charged, or any situation where Joe Bloggs has to change his flights due to a family emergency, are local management authorised to make exceptions to the rules or is it a case of by the book regardless? Cheers

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Old 8th Feb 2014, 13:42
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Phone use on board aircraft

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One of the one sancturies that anybody flying as a passenger has is that no muppet on his phone shouting "I am on way to Torremolinos with Bev for weekend"..............soon to be a thing of the past
Ryanair are only permitting phones in flight mode, so we should be saved from the muppets!-))

I suspect though, that confusion will rule and people will "forget" to select flight mode. The danger there, is 200 odd mobiles all trying to find a signal at once! That's a lot of electrical disturbance going on!
Modern aircraft rely on undisturbed electrical signals to connect the pilot to the controls. Is it really worth taking a chance just so someone can play a game?
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Old 8th Feb 2014, 14:25
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Racedo, I'm curious about something. I think Ryanair were totally correct in this instance, but in other cases were bending the rules might be better than the PR nightmare of not doing so, such as the case of that surgeon who had to change his flights to bury his family and was charged, or any situation where Joe Bloggs has to change his flights due to a family emergency, are local management authorised to make exceptions to the rules or is it a case of by the book regardless? Cheers
Don't work for FR so cannot comment on rule flexibility.....
In case of surgeon he arrived at airport before news media were even reporting the story. That one is kind of a hard one.

Problem in allowing local flexibility ends up where what someone allows in Dublin is not what is allowed in Lisbon or what someone allows in Ciampino.

It ends up then with each airport making up their own rules and even with an airport two members of same team will apply different rules because they interpret guidelines differently. This angers pax even more because of lack of consistency.

Using the well worn phrase of "well leave it to common sense" would mean what though ?
What you would interprest as fair and reasonable in making a decision may be seen as you been a by pax because they heard that in airport X another passenger had got Y allowed or changed.

The benefit of having clearly laid down SOPs means there is little room for manouvre and I think for staff it means they have a back up in being able to rely on these.

I know nothing frustrates people in any occupation more than having applied the rules as per guidelines. A screaming abusive customer then gets a senior manager to override that decision by being abusive knowing their behaviour will force the result they want. This undermines people and allows bullying to get away with it.

There are times when some flexibility is needed but allowing that call to be made after the event by someone divorced from the incident and time at least allows people on the ground to feel that have backup.
Customers are not always right, neither are staff.
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Old 9th Feb 2014, 13:11
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"Modern aircraft rely on undisturbed electrical signals to connect the pilot to the controls"

The 737 is anything but a modern airliner.....
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Old 9th Feb 2014, 13:28
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Thanks for that Racedo. It's interesting when you take a step back and look at it analytically like that. The system certainly has it's advantages, and seeing as common sense is becoming more and more rare, taking the responsibility away from junior and middle management might be the way forward for other companies too
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Old 9th Feb 2014, 15:26
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Thanks for that Racedo. It's interesting when you take a step back and look at it analytically like that. The system certainly has it's advantages, and seeing as common sense is becoming more and more rare, taking the responsibility away from junior and middle management might be the way forward for other companies too
It takes out freedom of individuals to make a decision BUT if you think the different cultures across EU that FR operate then getting everybody to follow one policy means you avoid having a big management team who try and figure out what was done where.
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Old 10th Feb 2014, 21:30
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Is there something wrong with Ryanair's online check in? I'm trying to check in my cousin and her friend for flights to Alicante from Prestwick on 24/2. My cousin is getting assistance onto the aircraft but her friend is not. Ryanair tried to allocate her friend a seat and charge me £5 + credit card charge. The two of them would prefer to sit together but they aren't bothered about where they sit so they don't want to reseve their seats. I tried several times and I had to enter their passport details each time but then I kept getting a message saying to call Ryanair or check in at the airport.
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Old 11th Feb 2014, 18:57
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are you including the NG?

The 737 is anything but a modern airliner.....
most of the skill Boeing employed in designing the NG was in providing a modern airliner with an enviable dispatch reliability and improved fuel burn to a customer who wanted an ancient airliner.
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Old 12th Feb 2014, 08:14
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True, but to interfere with the flight controls, you'd need a toolkit rather than an iPad.
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Old 12th Feb 2014, 15:37
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Old 12th Feb 2014, 20:14
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Ryanair Challenges Antitrust Regulator Over Aer Lingus Stake - Bloomberg

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Old 14th Feb 2014, 18:07
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Pay for seats if you are part of a family.

Family spilt between row 8 and 24, a child sitting alone.

Ryanair booking separates mum and tot - UTV Live News

Just when they take steps forward in customer service they take two steps back and are still money grabbling. They will continue to have articles and bad PR like this unless they sort themselves out.

As for there response we will sit families together, do the thousands of crew know this and if the flights full do they expect people who payed to move seats.
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Old 14th Feb 2014, 19:15
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Should mother be allowed to travel on own ?

Claiming didn't know...........kind of hard when checkin website keeps referring to it including showing where the seats are. She had option of ensuring they could sit together but elected not to. Everybody else is to blame it seems.
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Old 14th Feb 2014, 19:50
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This is why airlines like Aer Lingus and Easyjet will continue to provide customer service and not force families to pay for seats together.
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Old 14th Feb 2014, 20:03
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Yes, but maybe it is a good moment now for FR to employ some class leading customer services experts from the wider industry, rather than lose business for the sake of their over achieving bean counters.

The accountants have had their opportunity to shine, and they've done wonders, if only to make the competition leaner and more efficient, and have done little to distance FR from their competitors, since the competition have copied the business model, got cost effective and survived.

FR can easily afford to employ the best in the industry, but it appears to be against their religion to spend the money to do so.
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