Friday, 12 June 2020

Do British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair want you to die?

Do British Airways,  easyJet and Ryanair want you to die? Do they want you to get infected with coronavirus COVID-19? All three airlines have joined forces in legal action against the British Government and its recently imposed 14-day self-quarantine policy for all arrivals to protect the population against a new wave of infections and deaths from coronavirus COVID-19. 

International Airlines Group, the owner of British Airways, confirmed that they had lodged their complaint with the High Court, demanding a judicial review.   Should the judges agree, Boris Johnson's government would have to publish all the scientific evidence behind their decision to introduce the measure on the 8th of June. 

All three airlines are offering vouchers in place of cash refunds to passengers of cancelled flights in the first instance and delaying in actually refunds sometimes for many months. This action has increased the level of distrust between consumers and the big three airlines to record highs. Many consumer rights campaigners and commentators have slammed the airline's policies on refunds and the time it is taking for passengers to get their money back.

These airlines have advised they want the government to reinstate a previous quarantine policy which only applied to passengers coming in from high-risk areas such as the USA and Brazil.  Yet, this wouldn't prevent the spread of the virus as effectively,  as high-risk areas would only become identified as such after a mass of new infection cases are disclosed, by which time potentially infectious travellers would have already arrived. 

Some health campaigners have said the airline industry as a whole is not concerned with the spread of coronavirus or the potential second wave of infections that the reintroduction of mass travel could cause.  They complain that the carriers are more concerned with protecting their profit margins and shareholders investments than they are about peoples lives and doing the right thing.  

British Airways has announced sweeping job losses over the last few weeks, yet continues to hold on to a 1600+ strong art-work collection worth many millions of pounds. Despite the size of the collection, the carrier is only selling around 10 pieces to raise funds.

A Ryanair maintenance engineer used an internet aviation forum some days ago to warn that he knew of more than 70 Ryanair aircraft that had not had their HEPA air filters changed in a year.  At the same time,  the airline is flooding the European market later this summer with thousands of loss-making low fares designed to start a price war with the competition, perhaps in the hope, it will drive them out from the marketplace.  

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