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Ryanair’s Lame Excuse For Flight of Fancy to Israel

The last time we encountered an Irish Jew-hater on a flight, it was this delightful woman:

Now we have news of another Irish Jew-hater on a flight. Except this time, they were a member of the flight crew.

Passengers on a Ryanair flight from Italy to Tel Aviv were shocked after a flight attendant repeatedly described their final destination as Palestine.

Israelis present on the flight told Channel 14 News that a flight attendant had said they were bound for Palestine multiple times, in both Italian and English.

About half an hour before the plane was slated to touch down at Ben Gurion Airport in central Israel, the flight attendant announced over the intercom that the plane was “approaching Palestine.”

Some of the passengers on the flight spoke up about the announcement, they told Channel 14, and asked the attendant to either correct herself or apologize.

“We didn’t [buy tickets] on the airline to deal with anti-Zionist opinions [from flight staff],” a passenger said. “All we wanted was [an announcement] that Tel Aviv is in Israel.”

Their requests were refused, and instead the cabin crew accused the passengers of creating a disturbance that endangered the safety of the flight, they recounted to the outlet.

An Italian-speaking passenger was surprised that the flight attendant doubled-down on their views during a conversation, insisting that Tel Aviv is located not in the State of Israel, but in Palestine.

The flight attendant who made the announcement was not wearing a name tag, making it impossible to identify anyone by name in order to file a complaint at a later time.

One passenger, who tried to take a picture of the attendant, was told that she would be arrested upon landing if she left her seat in order to get a clear image of the speaker, according to the Channel 14 report.

Ryanair, which is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, refused to respond to multiple requests for comment from Channel 14 regarding the incident.

Ryanair have since responded and their excuse is almost as insulting as the initial incident.

Irish budget airline Ryanair has said that a crew member’s inflight announcement calling Israel ‘Palestine’ was an ‘innocent mistake.’

In a statement to the JC, a spokesperson for Ryanair said: “A junior crew member on this flight from Bologna to Tel Aviv (10 June) made a routine descent PA mistakenly saying ‘Palestine’ instead of ‘Tel Aviv’. This was an innocent mistake with no intent and was immediately corrected and apologised for by the senior crew member on board.”

This was clearly no innocent mistake, but a deliberate snub made by someone living in a country with no shortage of fellow Jew-haters. Ryanair are clearly afraid of losing our business; they have invested a fair bit in catering to passengers to and from Israel. Just last year, they announced that they were expanding their schedule of Israeli flights, with 200 flights a week, to 25 destinations across 13 countries as well as 4 new routes to Eilat.

I hope that despite their lame apology, Ryanair do actually act and fire their vile employee. Alas, I suspect they will lose a fair bit of business because of this incident.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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