RyanAir fires crew over viral fake photo

Employees posted an image of themselves sleeping on an airport floor, which exploded on social media. To defend its reputation, the airline released CCTV video of the photo being staged.

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How should your organization fight back when it’s the target of spurious allegations?

RyanAir, the discount airline based in Ireland, was the target of photo, posted on social media, showing its employees sleeping on an airport floor. The original posts said the employees were stranded in Spain and that the airline didn’t provide hotel accommodations.

It implied the airline was being cheap in refusing to lodge employees adequately.

This is a Ryanair 737 crew based in Portugal, stranded in Malaga, Spain a couple of nights ago due to storms. They are sleeping on the floor of the Ryanair crew room. RYR is earning €1.25 billion this year but will not put stranded crews in a hotel for the night. @peterbellew ? pic.twitter.com/lILWZVqqGj

— Jim Atkinson (@Jimbaba) October 14, 2018

CNN reported:

In October, the union alleged the staff had no access to food, drink and were forced to sleep on the floor.

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