This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
It’s widely accepted that Ryanair is no stranger to controversy among the aviation community. In the past month, the airline has faced on board drug use, pilot strikes and an incident in which Paralympian Anne Wafula-Strike was left stranded on a plane. And that’s just scratching the surface.
So, what happened this time?
The story actually begins long before the “fat slob” comment was dropped. Traveler David Bookbinder and his wife, Wang Yi, faced trouble boarding a Ryanair flight when Wang Yi was denied access to the plane due to an invalid visa.
In a statement to The Sun, a Ryanair spokesperson said on the issue: “It is each customer’s own responsibility to ensure they have the correct travel documents for their journey, as stated in our terms and conditions at the time of booking. Our records confirm that the customer in question was not in possession of a valid travel visa and was correctly denied boarding.”
Following the denied boarding, an article about the incident was published by DerbyshireLive and posted on Facebook. The issue was reignited when Ryanair employee, Lauren Coupland, shared her opinion about Bookbinder in the comments section: “I bet his wife was hoping deep down that she wouldn’t get on the flight and he would carry on his journey without her. I mean waking up to that fat slob every morning!”
Yikes. Coupland, who has identified herself as a Ryanair customer service supervisor, has since deleted the comment. However, Ryanair has yet to issue a statement on anything aside from Bookbinder’s original claim. Coupland has also deleted any references to Ryanair from her Facebook and social media profiles.
Featured image courtesy of Ryanair
With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
- Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
- Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
- Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
- $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
- Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- Annual Fee is $250.
- Terms apply.
- See Rates & Fees