Wrong Announcement Scares French Passengers

French passengers aboard an Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Paris last month were panicked by an announcement that warned them to prepare for an emergency landing in the Atlantic, the Irish Examiner reports.

The recorded announcement was played after an announcement in English that warned of turbulence and asked passengers to sit down and wear their seat belts. Apparently somebody played the wrong recording in French.

This was not the only frightening aspect of the story. The Examiner reports that there were only 70 passengers aboard the A320 when this happened last month, a load factor well under 50 percent. Those aren’t the kind of numbers that are going to keep Aer Lingus out of the loving arms of Michael O’Leary and Ryanair.


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