Posts Tagged ‘money’

The great ash cloud

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Well, for the last 4 days, the UK has been a no-fly-zone. Caused by the eruption of some volcano whose name I can’t spell, in Iceland. Why do they make names so long…

Anyway, so, after a few days of this, the airlines are currently complaining about the amount of money this is costing them, and how they could find no reason to not fly. To give him credit, the test flight done by British Airways was done by their CEO, I can respect a man willing to put his money where his mouth is.

But hold on, they reckon that there is no danger. Err, what about two F18’s in Finland last week, or a group of NATO F16’s this week. Both damaged by the volcanic ash.

If you ask me, if the military, with its vastly overspecced machines, designed for the most extreme conditions, cannot handle it, what on earth makes anyone think that budget airlines, created by the lowest bidder, are going to be able to handle it??

And now they talk about compensation, about how the choice to not fly was unfairly taken out of their hands??

HELLO – the government making this decision is probably losing votes right before a general election because of it, and yet, still they do it. Why, because the SCIENCE suggests they may have a point. The EVIDENCE suggests there is a risk. Now, do we trust the government and the science and the evidence, or do we trust the airlines who, when all is said and done, if they have a crash, will not lose a single penny once the insurance pays out.

All they care is that the money comes in, if they lose a plane or two, oh no, never mind, better than losing the £15M a day that they are losing, right?