Umberto Bossi flips the bird

on Monday, July 28, 2008

The following was on Ryan Air's Italian website with a photo of Italian Reforms Minister and Northern Leage party leader Umberto Bossi. This photo of Bossi was taken when he flipped "the bird" at the Italian National Anthem.

The Government
Supports the high tariffs of Alitalia
Supports the frequent strikes of Alitalia
Doesn't care about Italian passengers

Alitalia is Italy's flag carrier airline and has been having financial problems for a long time now. The Italian government in June gave Alitalia a 300 million euro loan.

I've flown Alitalia only once because they are the only airline that has a direct flight from Milan Malpensa to Chicago O'Hare. I now refuse to fly Alitalia for many reasons. Mainly because of their financial situation and many strikes. You MAY make it to your destination but who knows if you'll make your return flight.

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9 comments:

J.Doe said...

I won't take Alitalia either because of their many strikes. Also with all the subsidies they get from the government you'd think that their tickets would always be the cheapest but I have always found other airlines to be cheaper.

cube said...

I don't know what to make of this because I don't know much about Italian politics. I do know that I would have a hard time backing a politician who gave the middle finger to his nation's anthem. Perhaps the socialist practice of government subsidy isn't the way to run a company.

Ann said...

In my opinion the government is just bailing out Alitalia just to prevent the airline from going belly up. The government is just looking out for their own interests. Alitalia could cut corners, save the Italian taxpayers some money. I've heard through the grapevine that Alitalia flies employees between the airport in Rome and Milan Malpensa airports on a daily basis. Whereas other airlines would expect the employees to be located near the airport.

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Shea said...

I don't know how to take it with the context either, but it's a cool picture

Ann said...

Cube, even Italians have a hard time understanding Italian politics. I still remember my first time voting in an Italian election. I asked my Italian husband how to vote here, the process not who to vote for. His response, "You just vote". This is coming from a man who's seen what an American ballot looks like......

Term paper writing said...

The government is just looking out for their own interests. Alitalia could cut corners, save the Italian taxpayers some money.

safishealth said...

dunno what to say, coz long time didn't have that flight, so I don't have any opinions right now, but anyway, thx for the info.

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