Irish budget carrier Ryanair has said it is going to sue the British government for almost five million euros over the delays and cancellations caused by recent increased airport security. The measures were introduced on 10th August after the UK authorities announced they had discovered a terrorist plot aimed at blowing up planes flying from Britain to the US with liquid explosives brought on board in hand baggage.
All airlines suffered massive disruption, but Ryanair is the only one planning to sue. Its Chief Executive, Michael O’Leary, said the multi-million euro claim covers cancellations and lost bookings during the week of 10th to 16th August. He accused the airport authorities of introducing “nonsensical and ineffective” measures that are “handing the extremists an undeserved and unnecessary victory.”
O’Leary said he is suing only to get a return to normal, effective airport security and any money received from a successful claim would be given to charity. The UK’s Department for Transport countered that the airline has no legal grounds to bring a civil law suit.