France takes closer look at TV criticism of Ryanair

14th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 14, 2006 (AFP) - The French transport ministry said on Tuesday that it had instructed its civil aviation authority to discuss the security practices of low-cost airline Ryanair with regulators in Ireland and Britain.

PARIS, Feb 14, 2006 (AFP) - The French transport ministry said on Tuesday that it had instructed its civil aviation authority to discuss the security practices of low-cost airline Ryanair with regulators in Ireland and Britain.

The ministry issued a statement after the broadcasting of a television documentary in Britain that had alleged some security practices were occasionally flouted by the Ireland-based airline.

The airline has countered that it can find no evidence to support the allegations.

The company said that any isolated breaches of Ryanair policy would be investigated.

French Transport Minister Dominique Perben "has asked the DGAC (the French aviation authority) to have a rapid exchange of opinions with civil aviation authorities in Ireland and Britain on the attention of the company to security standards".

The documentary, screened by Channel 4 in Britain on Monday, alleged that the low-cost airline made exhausted cabin crew and pilots work excessive hours.

The programme makers also alleged that passport checks prior to boarding were not carried out properly, trainee staff were not given necessary training and planes were not cleaned adequately between flights.

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