Tuesday 20 March 2018

Blackening of Aer Lingus name

Sir -- Last week, the Sunday Independent (July 3, 2011) gave John Banville, aka Benjamin Black, another opportunity to sneer at and attempt to degrade his Aer Lingus work experience. His view that the job he held as a grade-four clerk was beneath his talents and boring is an insult to those of us who started with him but stayed and made careers there, while he fled.

When I joined Aer Lingus in May 1967, Banville had been there for a while.

We worked in the same big room, several work units side by side. Our various jobs revolved around the process of booking passengers into aircraft seats and the special services that might be required: like meals, dog boxes, special handling, wheelchairs and -- on the Lourdes flights -- stretchers.

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