May 30, 2015

EasyJet - and all of the corporations searching for more and more money

EasyJet is a British low-cost airline carrier based at London Luton Airport.

It is the largest airline of the United Kingdom, by number of passengers carried, operating domestic and international scheduled services on over 700 routes in 32 countries.

It employs almost 9,000 people, throughout Europe but mainly in the U.K. 

It is a successful company that performs a needed service. 

EasyJet employee taping a plane before take-off
However, on an undisclosed date at an undisclosed location in England, an EasyJet passenger was on board a plane and was getting ready for take off. He looked out of his window and snapped a photo of an EasyJet employee taping part of the plane's engine with a tape which is essentially a higher quality "duct tape" but which is called in the aviation industry "speed tape". 

This aluminium tape is apparently often used in the aviation industry to carry out quick repairs instead of real repairs in order not to delay or cancel flights which lead to a loss of income for the Airline. 

Corporate Airline Executive: Burp....Of course you'll
tape it. A real repair will cost money. 
EasyJet quickly responded to an uproar about this photo by stating that it was cosmetic only and was not related to the structure of the airplane and in no way compromised the safety of the aircraft. 

Others have stated that taping in this instance stops air from getting into the engine that can cause an imbalance of the motor. 

Whatever the reason for the taping repair instead of a real repair, this is not an image that anyone on board an airplane wants to see. 

Many people who have seen this photo have responded that they would not be able to continue with the flight if they had seen this. 

And who would blame them? 

In recent months an airplane disappeared over the seas of Asia and has not been found to date with 239 people on board; a plane was shot down over Ukraine with 298 people on board; and a psychotic German pilot intentionally crashed a plane into a mountain in Switzerland killing 150 aboard including infants and teenagers. 

Therefore, do we really need to maintain corporate profits and yet increase our personal trauma and danger by having airplanes repaired with tape? 

God save us from the corporations. Amen. 

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