Mary Kenny: I'm fed up being bullied and treated like cargo on planes
We should all be glad to see Aer Lingus go back into profit: operational profits are up by €79.2m in the third quarter of this year and revenue rose by 5.5pc to €411.7m.
Yes, it's a good thing to have as much competition as possible in the airline industry; but historically, Aer Lingus still represents Brand Ireland abroad and as a frequent air traveller, I believe the flag-carrier has a special contribution to make to Ireland's image and thus to its economic recovery.
It is widely recognised that flying, nowadays, affords scant pleasure. It is stressful, wearisome, and passengers often feel akin to a cargo of cattle. The security problem has greatly added to the stress.