An RAF Typhoon fighter is pictured yesterday being refuelled by an RAF Voyager after intercepting the Ryanair flight
Police have released two Kuwaiti and Italian men without charge and said no terror incident took place on board the diverted flight after a ‘suspicious item’ in a toilet turned out to be a mobile phone.
RAF jets were scrambled to intercept the Lauda jet before armed police surrounded it on the runway when it landed at Stansted from Vienna at around 7.20pm yesterday.
The crew had alerted police to a potential ‘security threat’ on board, and after landing two men aged 24 and 48 were arrested by anti-terror police and taken into custody. They have now been released and the investigation closed….
Everyone stay cool.
Dramatic moment RAF Typhoon jet escorted Ryanair plane after terror alert (MailOnline)
Pics: PA/ RAF
Stansted Airport, England.
Ryanair flight to Pisa, Italy.
Holidaymakers were left gripping their seats in horror last night as hazmat-clad officials rushed onto a Ryanair plane as it say at London Stansted and removed a passenger after he received a text saying he had tested positive for coronavirus.
The passenger and his travel companion were taken off the plane minutes before it was due to take-off from London and moved to the airport’s isolation area, where they were met by health authorities.
Their seats and the overhead cabin bins were then disinfected before the plane was allowed to fly to Pisa in Italy one hour and 40 minutes behind schedule, according to Flight Radar.
Hazmat officials board Ryanair flight at Stansted and drag off Covid-infected passenger (MailOnline)
How dare you.
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary
At least the airlines are not operating like a cartel at this time.
That would be…
More leg room then.
Also: Name that aircraft, anyone?
A Spanish court has ruled that Ryanair’s policy of charging an extra fee for hand luggage is “abusive” and can no longer be levied in Spain.
The ruling follows a passenger complaint over the policy, introduced last year, which charges most people an additional fee for bringing anything more than one personal item into the cabin…
“This ruling will not affect Ryanair’s baggage policy, either in the past or in the future, as it is an isolated case that misinterpreted our commercial freedom to determine the size of our cabin baggage,” the airline said in a statement.
Spanish court orders Ryanair to cancel cabin bag fee (RTÉ)
CEO of Ryanair Michael O’ Leary in front of one of his company’s Boeing 737-800 NGs aircraft after delivery of the first of 180 new 737-800 NGs in September, 2014
Ryanair has confirmed that some 737NG planes have been taken out of service due to cracks, a problem that has grounded dozens of the jets globally.
In a statement to RTÉ News, Ryanair said Boeing is carrying out repairs on behalf of the airline after an inspection of more than 70 of its oldest aircraft in full compliance with the Airworthiness Directive.
But the carrier dismissed reports [see below] that some of its Boeing 737NGs have been affected by the ‘pickle fork’ issue. Pickle forks are components that attach the wings and the aircraft’s body.
Ryanair confirms some 737 planes being repaired for crack (RTÉ)
At least three Ryanair Boeing 737s have been grounded due to cracks between the wing and fuselage but this was not disclosed to the public, the Guardian can reveal.
The budget Irish airline is the latest to be affected by faults in the “pickle fork” structure, which has sparked an urgent grounding of 50 planes globally since 3 October.
Boeing 737 cracks: Ryanair grounds three planes due to cracking between wing and fuselage (The Guardian)
From top: Ryanair pilots strike outside Dublin Airport last October; Fórsa’s deputy general secretary Matt Staunton, national secretary Angela Kirk, and head of communications Bernard Harbor outside the High Court this morning
Helen Coffey, in The Independent UK, reports:
A planned strike by Ryanair’s Irish pilots will not go ahead this week after a ruling from the Dublin High Court was issued this morning.
The Irish court said it would grant Europe’s biggest airline an injunction to prevent a 48-hour stoppage beginning on 22 August.
Justice McDonald said he would restrain the union “from directly or indirectly, organising, directing or endorsing their members to participate in a strike on 22 and 23 August 2019”.
Ryanair strikes: Irish pilots’ walkout scrapped after High Court ruling (Helen Coffey, The Independent UK)