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Dalrymple books a flight

Attempting to purchase an airline ticket online, Dalrymple finds that with each click of the mouse, the cost rises, until it reaches 25 times the advertised fare. He is

angered in a way that I should not have been if the final cost had been asked of me in the first place. I suppose that by now, having bought many such tickets, I should be used to the sharp practice, but I am not. It irritates me.

Dalrymple is aware that he will be charged a card fee even if he uses his debit card. But the airline finds a wheeze to misrepresent its fare. It charges £6 for a seat.

Could I have avoided this charge if I had volunteered to stand rather than sit? I could not: I had to have a seat. In what sense, then, could the original fare properly have been advertised at £X rather than at £X+£6?  In none that I could fathom. I have known British government ministers more honest and straightforward than this.

The website gives Dalrymple what it calls the ‘total cost’ and asks him to press the ‘continue’ button if he agrees to it. He does so, only to discover that the next page has added a further £6 — for reasons that he is unable to determine.

He comments:

Sharp practice, if not outright dishonesty, is bound to grow in a society in which personal trust and honour are replaced by law and the legal adjudication of obligations. Everyone then does what he can get away with, for a reliance on the law as the sole determinant of the permissible destroys all sense of shame. Small wonder that ‘Cheat, that ye be not cheated’ seems increasingly to be the rule by which we live.

World’s most exclusive airline

The most conspicuous of Nauru’s investments, writes Dalrymple,

is undoubtedly its airline, Air Nauru. A nation of 4,000 people has a fleet of five passenger jets, which operate at a loss generally thought to be staggering (the airline does not publish accounts) on routes unlikely ever to be profitable. Planes are sent 5,000 miles with two passengers. They have also been used as private taxis for the president, leaving would-be passengers stranded for days.

Preparing for take-off

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-08-46-37Settling down for the flight to New York, Dalrymple watches an instructional film about procedures to be undertaken in the event of an emergency, such as crashing into the sea. He writes:

It was one of those airlines whose safety video made it seem as if it would be a positive pleasure to crash, a charming escapade in the middle of the Atlantic. The air hostess blew the whistle to attract attention more as if she were on a catwalk modelling a dress than as if she were about to be drowned: though I believe that death by exposure is quite swift and not unpleasant as deaths go.

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What they’re hiding about EgyptAir 804

Screen Shot 2016-05-28 at 15.46.44An electronic pulse, the UK legal system and a cabal of airlines

Browsing the internet, Dalrymple comes across some analysis of the EgyptAir Flight 804 crash affair that has

a degree of certainty

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contacts in high places.


EgyptAir 804 Shot Down with Electronic Pulse – Intel Report – 5-19-16,

the summary of the exposition (the full theory is set out in the YouTube video) reads:

Mossad did it

Mossad did it

Stew Webb and Tom Heneghan go over the latest Intel from US and French Intel concerning the EgyptAir 804 crash. They have been told by French Intel it was taken down with an Electronic Pulse weapon and Israel did it. Only Israel and the US have this type of weapon. A French satellite picked up the shoot down. Please visit and share the hardcore truth on censored by all controlled opposition in alternative media.

Imagine, says Dalrymple,

trying to discuss the matter with the author of this opinion. Before long you would have entered a mental labyrinth from which there was no exit. Any evidence you adduced would be discounted as having been manufactured by the very conspirators who brought the aëroplane down. His conclusion would be irrefutable: the very attempt to refute it would prove to him just how far the conspirators had succeeded in covering their tracks.

UK legal system: encourages and motivates terrorism through its nonsensical procedures and judgments

UK legal system: to blame for the bringing down of Egyptair Flight 804 because of the way it encourages and motivates terrorism worldwide through its nonsensical procedures and judgments

Another observer says:

We can blame the nonsense UK legal system for encouraging and motivate terrorism.

Dalrymple comments:

One imagines that the evidently enraged writer had had some slight legal problem in Britain and that he did not fully understand the arcane process by which it was resolved, probably not in his favour. Be that as it may, it is not easy to see why or how deficiencies of the law in Britain (I leave aside the fact that Scottish law is different from English) should have encouraged or motivated someone to blow up an aëroplane going from Paris to Cairo.

A third critic remarks:

It is up to the authorities to get this sorted out, it seems to me they are turning a blind eye to it. After all this is not the first time. Corruption and back-handers come to mind.

Dalrymple comments:

The best interpretation that I can give to the above is that the security authorities at the Paris airport (at all airports?) have been bribed consistently not to do their work properly. By whom they have been bribed the author does not venture: perhaps by the terrorists, perhaps by the cartel or cabal of airlines who do not wish their passengers to be further inconvenienced by security measures, about which they already grumble. On the other hand, of course, terrorism can hardly be good for the airline business.

Such commentators, writes Dalrymple, feel that

they have understood what others have not, that they have penetrated an essence of events that less astute or well-informed persons have not been able to divine. If you listen to any conversation in any bar of any provincial town, you will soon realise that almost everyone involved in it is party to the inner workings of the world, though by day they are all minor functionaries in businesses or organisations whose headquarters are elsewhere.

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Cabal of airlines: intel report confirms payment of large bribes to security authorities at Charles de Gaulle and many other airports

Cabal of airlines: intel report confirms payment of large bribes to security authorities at Charles de Gaulle and many other airports

Excellence of Emirates

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 09.02.52Dalrymple writes of the Dubai carrier:

No one who had the choice would fly anything else; all North American and European airlines, by comparison, are wretched.

The airline is very profitable,

if official figures are to be believed. (Some claim the profits are subsidised by preferential landing fees at Dubai, though this is denied.)


poses an interesting challenge to those who say that, under any circumstances, a state-owned company cannot be efficiently run or provide good service.

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Best Avoided

Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 07.17.30An ignorantly contented, bone-headed airline

BA, or Brutish Airways, also known as Bad Attitude and British Scareways, is, Dalrymple points out,

as lumpen as the nation of which it is the principal carrier.

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