The future of Covid-era budget air travel? Ryanair promotes ‘jab & go’ summer flights
Ryanair has stirred up social media with an advertisement suggesting that the joy of international travel is just a quick jab away, after the company previously said Covid-19 vaccines would not be required to fly with them.
The website of the Irish low-cost airline currently features a promotion which blissfully declares: “Book summer, vaccines are coming.” The ad features a gloved hand holding a syringe and an ubiquitous vial labeled “vaccine,” captioned by the rather blunt catchphrase: “Jab & go!”
Although the advert could be interpreted as a hassle-free vaccination service offered by the budget airline, there doesn’t appear to be any information pointing to one-stop jab-and-fly packages. Clicking on the banner’s link takes you to a page listing discounted prices for tickets to destinations across Europe starting in April, but it does include a list of Covid-19 test sites in Ireland. Booking of the low-cost flights also doesn’t appear to provide information about any kind of vaccine ‘deal’.
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The gimmick caught the eye of Twitter users who seemed both amused and disgusted by the promotion.
“Ryanair out Ryanair-ing themselves with this website splash,” one observer wrote of the ad.
Ryanair out Ryanair-ing themselves with this website splash.
JAB AND GO. 😂😂😂
I’m finding this funnier than I should pic.twitter.com/PMPOpEeD7d
— Callum Farmer (@CallumFarmer) December 22, 2020
Jab and go folks!!!! pic.twitter.com/jXW4GZiZXM
— Charlotte B❤️ (@CharlieEmma85) December 23, 2020
Others said the promotion was a deal-breaker.
So long Ryanair! We parted. pic.twitter.com/kMk9VkKeOS
— Julija (@julijaceh) December 24, 2020
“People shouldn’t need a vaccine to travel with you,” one upset flyer tweeted at the airline’s press office.
— Jason (@Jason19281876) December 24, 2020
Anger over the ad, whatever its intentions may be, is perhaps understandable. The airline signaled last month that it saw no need to make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for travelers, arguing that such a measure wouldn’t be “relevant” for short-haul flights in Europe.
Airlines have already begun to roll out Covid-19 ‘passports’ used to verify a passenger’s test results and vaccine status for the virus. On Wednesday, Singapore Airlines became the first major carrier to begin trials of a digital health certificate developed by a major airline lobby, the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Several other airlines, including Australia’s Qantas, have said that the resumption of international travel will require some form of health passport.
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Source:RT World News