What we’re reading: Ryanair fixes loose window with sticky tape, unscreened baby causes evacuation, stretch A380?

by Stephanus Surjaputra on April 30, 2012

Ryanair terror of the window fixed with sticky tape that came loose in mid-air and forced crew to turn back

Ryanair is famous for cutting corners and charging passengers for almost everything. However, one group thought the airline went too far when they saw mechanics fixing a loose cockpit windscreen with sticky tape.

Twenty minutes after take-off, the service from Stansted airport to Riga in Latvia was forced to turn back when the patch came loose and started making a ‘loud’ noise.

Ryanair has insisted safety was never at risk, but passengers said they were in fear for their lives.

Unscreened baby leads to terminal evacuation, delays at Newark airport

Authorities evacuated a terminal at Newark Liberty Airport last Friday when they discovered a baby hadn’t been properly screened.

The incident happened around 1:15 p.m. at a checkpoint leading to some gates at Terminal C.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said a mother and baby went through a metal detector when the machine sounded an alarm, according to The Associated Press. The mother handed the child to the father, who had already been screened. The mother was cleared, but the baby hadn’t been properly screened. The parents and baby left the checkpoint and headed to their gate, Farbstein told the AP.

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With global air travel expected to double, Ten News in Australia is reporting that Airbus is planning to manufacture a stretched version of the A380 and modify its A350.

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  • Graham

    I have never travelled Ryanair and I have no plans to do so.   However, it needs to be stated that there is a specialist form of “sticky tape” which is used in the aviation industry called “speed tape”.   It is designed specifically to allow a temporary repair of certain problems on aircraft.   All the airlines use it.   All the manufacturers allow it (within specified conditions).   Whatever went wrong here is unlikely to be because they used the wrong type of tape.   Speed Tape has to be applied in a specific manner and my guess would be that is where the issue is.   For all their faults Ryanair are all too aware that incidents with their aircraft will cause over stated media reports so they do appear to take care of their planes.   Frankly, I wouldn’t like to be the engineer who did this!

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