Boredom sets in as many forced to wait for hours
THERE was plenty of room to swing a cat in Shannon Airport yesterday and, truth be told, it might have helped relieve the boredom of the few present.
It would perhaps be an exaggeration to say that there wasn't a sinner around, but the most prominent man killing time was a priest.
Fr William Hanley was scheduled to travel to London with Aer Lingus at 12.45pm. Unfortunately, he travelled to the airport unaware that his flight had been cancelled.
"They told me when I arrived that my flight had been cancelled and that they contacted my family about it," the priest from Askeaton in Limerick said.
"It is not a great inconvenience to me as my business in London was not particularly urgent but it is disappointing because you have to have patience to be able to wait around for hours."
Nine flights were cancelled at Shannon yesterday, while several others were affected in one way or another after air traffic controllers downed tools.
The vast majority of intending passengers had got the message, however, and the airport was akin to a ghost-town yesterday afternoon.
The staff at the car rental desks had something of a queue after the arrival of the Ryanair flight from Birmingham in England -- the last flight to get in.
And, if anything, they seemed to work through the queue slowly, perhaps to delay the inevitable boredom.