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Airline Threat? What Airline Threat?

The UK's Telegraph reports that British airline Ryanair has given the UK government a seven-day ultimatum over security. Not too little security, but too much.

Michael O'Leary, Ryanair chief executive, said: "The best way to defeat terrorists and extremists is for ordinary people to continue to live their lives as normal.

"Because of the additional security restrictions imposed by the Government last Thursday, the shambles at the London airports has been anything but normal.

"The UK Government successfully led the return to normality of the London Underground within two days of the July 7 terrorist attacks. It is important that they now restore security at the London airports to normality and remove some of these nonsensical, and (from a security perspective) totally ineffective restrictions which were introduced last week."

To be sure, the added security is an inconvenience to passengers and operators alike. But for Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary to say that people - and thus airline security - should "continue to live their lives as normal" in the middle of a bomb threat that several governments have determined has not been completely averted is not only irresponsible, but it is frighteningly illogical with regards to security measures at Heathrow.

Yes, we are not afraid. But we are also not idiots. Most of us anyway.

Perhaps if he were asked to examine the bomb kit British authorities found in a wooded area near the plotters' homes, O'Leary would reconsider.

On the other hand, perhaps Michael O'Leary has retained the legal services of the Honorable Anna Diggs-Taylor to represent Ryanair in the coming lawsuit against the British government.

British air travelers should give Ryanair a seven-day ultimatum...or import the standard-setting services of El Al and be done with it. El Al manages to arrive and depart on time, which is really Ryanair's principal complaint.

When you absolutely, positively have to be there overnight...without exploding mid-flight...El Al.