What the papers say: Ryanair's O'Leary tackles the Govt

Michael O'Leary, Ryanair's 'outspoken' chief executive (The Guardian, 18 August), succeeded in generating attention for his condemnation of the Government's new airport security regime, following the foiled alleged terrorist plot of 10 August.

O'Leary asserted the intention behind his ultimatum was to get the ‘airports back to normal' (The Scotsman, 18 August).

However, while claiming ‘the Government will have handed the extremists an enormous PR victory' by maintaining security restrictions (Daily Mail, 18 August), O'Leary took the opportunity to launch low-cost promotional tickets ‘to get Britain flying again' (The Guardian, 18 August).

Although disapproving of his methods, some commentators agreed with his premise: ‘However much I might dislike the idea of O'Leary dictating terms to the Department for Transport… Osama bin Laden doing the same is more objectionable' (Tim Hames, The Times, 21 August).

But an Independent commentator concluded: ‘Let's instead be grateful that our security… is being handled by an organisation whose priority is safety - and not something that looks disturbingly like publicity' (27 August).

Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow. 

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