Friday 2 December 2016

Air travel: the end of a romantic affair

Blame O'Leary - and terrorists - for the endless queues if your shampoo isn't the right size, says Liam Collins

Published 25/07/2015 | 02:30

Michael O’Leary’s Ryanair is now the flag carrier for modern Europe
Michael O’Leary’s Ryanair is now the flag carrier for modern Europe
Al-Qa’ida hijackers turned air travel into a security nightmare after the 9/11 terror attacks

Was it economics or terrorism that took the romance out of flying - or to put it another way, was it Michael O'Leary or al-Qa'ida?

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Both have contributed to the horror of modern air travel, but the reality is that once air travel became a mass-market experience, romance was already gone.

Airports which were once romantic venues are now a frightening combination of shopping malls and food halls aimed at fleecing as many bored air travellers in as short a time as possible, while aeroplanes - once a means of luxury travel - are now sheep pens designed to squeeze as many people into as tight a space as possible while taking as much money off them during the duration of the journey.

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