I was invited to give a conference in Capannori, in Tuscany and unsurprisingly there was no other option than flying there. The train would have taken 14h each way (changing 4 times), cost 4 times as much and taken extra time to go to book in the station. Note that the part of the trip that can be booked any the Belgian station (booking the trip online is impossible) and considering the reliability of the train system in Europe lately a trip with more than 2 changes involving 3 countries is something that you just don’t want to risk. So far about European transnational networks.
So here I go with the fantastic Ryanair, paying 100eur for a return ticket (+ 26€ to get to Charleroi airport from Brussels) and contributing to global warming and environmental and economical dumping by using a mode of transport that doesn’t pay taxes on fuels. Sadly enough, nothing new until here.
But it is good to always let the events surprise you! Ryanair is as famous for being one of the most punctual airlines in Europe as it is for having the worst labour working conditions, not displaying the complete prices or charging unreasonable charges to pay with debit or credit cards. My surprise comes from the fact that the 1,5h flight turns into a flying supermarket circus from the moment it takes off. They start with selling hotdogs, hamburgers and drinks, they continue with tobacco advertising and selling (with the stewardess seductively walking up and down the corridor showing the cigarettes packages like in a fashion parade) followed by selling participations for a lottery for I don’t know which NGO to save I don’t know which children in I don’t which country and the flight concludes with a duty free with watches, perfumes…
All in all, a flying shopping mall promoting consumerism up in the clouds. How better can it get?