Ryanair Posts Video Claiming To Expose 'Fake Photo' Of Cabin Crew Sleeping On The Floor
Days ago, a photograph emerged of Ryanair staff being made to 'sleep on the floor' in Malaga, Spain, due to stormy weather.
Now, the budget airline has responded to the allegations with a video which shows the crew getting on the floor for a matter of seconds before getting back up and returning to their seats.
This is a Ryanair 737 crew based in Portugal, stranded in Malaga, Spain a couple of nights ago due to storms. They are sleeping on the floor of the Ryanair crew room. RYR is earning €1.25 billion this year but will not put stranded crews in a hotel for the night. @peterbellew ? pic.twitter.com/lILWZVqqGj- Jim Atkinson (@Jimbaba) October 14, 2018
Ryanair says that this shows the initial picture was 'clearly staged'.
In a statement alongside the video, Ryanair said: "This picture is clearly staged and no crew 'slept on the floor'. Due to storms in Porto (13 Oct) a number of flights diverted to Malaga and as this was a Spanish national holiday, hotels were fully booked.
"The crew spent a short period of time in the crew room before being moved to a VIP lounge, and returned to Porto the next day (none of the crew operated flights)."
The Ryanair crew were left stranded at the Spanish airport on October 13 after a number of flights were diverted due to a storm.
It was claimed that the hotels were fully booked due to it being the Spanish national holiday. While some people were outraged, others questioned the post.
One said: "Evaluate the pic. All have their faces covered. The woman at the front looks like she is smirking. They are lined up in a way their identities are kept anonymous. It's staged at best."
Ryanair is still facing backlash after posting the 'exposé' with one person taking to Twitter commenting: "You have to ask yourselves why they feel the need to do this? Stop ignoring your problems."
Another added: "If you would have provided hotel accommodation to crew. They wouldn't have to do such things. Shame on you once more, Ryanair."
A third said: "Fake photo or not, you left them without a place to stay and it deserves media exposure. You should work on improving your internal processes if this situation is not a single occasion instead of wasting time to post surveillance footage on Twitter."
No rest for the wicked here then.
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