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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Ministry must act over plane mutiny ]

Ministry must act over plane mutiny

ON MONDAY morning a big group of teenagers on a Cyprus Airways flight to Athens decided to stage a protest on their plane because one of their classmates, who had no travel documents, had been left behind. The teenagers, who were going to Greece on a school holiday, reportedly unfastened their seat-belts while the plane was heading for the runway and chanted for the pilot to stop so that their classmate could board the plane. An official from the airline boarded the plane and threatened to call the police if the children did not sit down and fasten their seat-belt as the rules dictated.

What was worse, if the version of the airline was correct, was that the students had been encouraged to behave in this unacceptable way by the teachers accompanying them. One of the teachers involved, speaking on a morning radio show yesterday, said this version was blatantly untrue, while blaming the airline’s ground staff for losing the student’s travel documents. He also criticised the airline supervisor who had boarded the plane once the incident had taken place for shouting and speaking rudely to the teachers of the school-party.

While the airline may have lost the travel documents of the student it is difficult to believe there had been no incident on the plane. Had the CY supervisor boarded the plane and threatened to call the police for fun? The students and their teachers were obviously misbehaving for the captain to resort to such action. But it is indicative of the perverse entitlement culture that plagues our life that the teacher had to complain because the supervisor had behaved very rudely! What did he expect after the students had a staged a mutiny on the plane and prevented it from taking off by behaving like a mob? The supervisor was perfectly justified to shout and be rude.

What happened on the plane on Monday morning was a disgrace, a perfect illustration of the rights culture gone mad that afflicts our society and often turns into mob rule. On Monday, students tried to impose their wishes on the plane’s captain by behaving like a mob, showing utter disregard for basic flight rules and a total lack of consideration for other passengers. Perhaps we should not be too harsh on the teenagers as this is what our society has taught them – a crowd that shouts and threatens disruption, ignoring the law, usually gets its way.

Whether this despicable behaviour had been encouraged by the teachers on the plane we cannot say, but the truth is that teachers’ unions regularly set a bad example for students, threatening strikes in order to realise their objectives. The education ministry must carry out an investigation into what happened and if the teachers are found to have encouraged the mutiny on the plane, they should be disciplined. Someone must take responsibility for Monday’s incident even if it is not the Cyprus way.

In the likely event that the ministry does nothing it should still give some thought to the fact it is presiding over an education system that encourages tomorrow’s citizens to behave like a mob and have utter contempt for society’s rules and laws.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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