Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, are being blamed for the hospitalisation of a nine month old baby and it’s three year old sibling earlier this week after they, along with the other passengers, were forced to endure a five hour delay on a plane stuck on the ground.
The children ended up being rushed to Temple Street Children’s Hospital suffering from dehydration after they were finally allowed to leave the aircraft.
Their ordeal began after a Christmas flight from Dublin to Eindhoven in Holland was cancelled because of heavy snow, but passengers were kept waiting onboard. After three hours their father asked if he could buy a sandwich for his three-year-old, who was “shaking from hunger”. However, he was informed it is “not company policy to sell food while the plan was grounded”.
The children were so tired, hungry and dehydrated following the mammoth delay that they had to be taken by ambulance from Dublin Airport.
Their father, who does not want to be identified, said blizzards hit the airport as the plane was due to take off on the afternoon of December 23. The disgruntled passenger insisted “people were treated less than human beings” during their lengthy ordeal.
All they had to eat during the five-hour delay was a doughnut given to them by another passenger who dug it out of their luggage. A young woman who was also on the plane collapsed and had to be taken off the jet, according to the man from Palmerstown in Dublin.
When the family and the other passengers were eventually allowed to disembark at about 8.30pm, most of them had to stay at the airport as there was no transport. The family was still in the departure lounge at 2am when the man’s children began running temperatures. An ambulance was called and the whole family was taken to Temple Street where the children were treated.
“They (the paramedics) were brilliant. They got us into the ambulance, brought us to hospital and stayed with us. They said it was their 40th call to Dublin Airport,” the man said. He and his partner finally made it home with their children at about 4.30am.