Ryanair could change forever

What would Ryanair do without those gusts of hot air from Michael O’Leary? The company has been defined by cheap flights and the streams of absurdities uttered by its chief executive officer. Without O’Leary, Ryanair is nothing more than an uncomfortable seat for the price of a martini. Well, the big guy is planning to step down in two to three years, he said on Saturday. He’s said this before, of course, so we don’t know when his exit will actually occur.

So, how does O’Leary plan to get out? He told RTE radio that he’d love to see Aer Lingus take over his airline. This final, masterful cut seems to be the elusive goal for the CEO. He’s tried it twice and failed both times. But, does he really need it? The innovator has explored standing-room seating, pay to squirt and anything else that’ll make a dime. He even came to the defense of an employee moonlighting as a porn star.

For the finance geeks, O’Leary’s projected retirement date is pretty close to the end of a major capital investment program (in 2011), which is when he said he plans to pay some pretty hefty bonuses to the airline’s management. At that point, he might also ditch his no-dividends policy.

French Aer Lingus passengers told to prepare for emergency landing – non French perfectly safe

Passengers aboard an Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Paris got a bit of a rude awakening on Friday.

The cabin crew announced that the plane was heading towards a spot of turbulence, and made the usual request for everyone to head back to their seats and buckle up.

Right after that announcement, a pre-recorded one was played in French, alerting passengers that the plane was going to make an emergency landing, telling them to pay close attention to their nearest emergency exit, and await instructions from the captain.

Needless to say, the combination of turbulence and the emergency warning message made the French passengers freak out. Some of them were crying, and it took the crew several minutes to realize their “mistake”.

The airline called it a very unusual occurrence, but I’ve actually encountered it myself – on several of my transatlantic flights, the crew started the wrong recording, and on one flight they even played the “brace brace brace” tape.

It shouldn’t be too hard for the crew to pick the correct recording from their list, but obviously, when humans are involved, things can go wrong.