Ryanair Teaches 'Mutiny' Students How to Pack

by Libby Zay 
Posted Feb 10th 2011 02:30 PMUpdated Feb 10th 2011 03:12 PM

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After a fight over baggage fees caused nearly 100 university students from Belgium to "mutiny" a Ryanair jet over the weekend, the low budget airline has released a statement bitingly suggesting Beligian colleges add a class on packing a suitcase to their curriculums.

"Ryanair is today calling on Belgian universities to ensure no further embarrassing international episodes when their students travel abroad by providing them with an online tutorial in how to pack light. This tutorial will allow these students to comply with the airline policies they accept when booking a flight," the carrier says.

Ryanair, a company long known for inventing publicity stunts such as threatening to charge flyers to use the toilet, included a video of a man demonstrating how to pack a suitcase.


"While this tutorial will avoid any unpleasant situations for students, airlines and fellow passengers, these universities should also addres the media reports that their students damaged hotel accommodation and were a general menace to other holiday makers, by developing further tutorials such as 'how to respect hotel rules,'" the statement continues.

Links to media reports detailing hotel damage that resulted from student's behavior were included in the statement.

The students were removed from the plane after airline staff tried to charge one passenger extra for carry-on baggage and the crowd became "disruptive," says Ryanair in a previous statement. The pilot was about to takeoff from the Canary Islands for Belgium when she radioed for police assistance. Of the 168 passengers on board the flight, less than 70 were allowed back on the plane.



Photo, Malias, flickr
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