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The gun is about the size of a scanner in your local Tesco or Sainburys and is quite large and robust due to where it is used and by whom. It is to my mind inconceivable that it could have been missed had even the most cursory of glances been made toward the engine.
My concern is less about the costs of the damage but rather that it happened at all. Given the events of a few short weeks ago one would think that the engines would be at the top of everyone’s agenda as far as checks go and this incident suggest that no refresher training has been given. Either than or a nonchalance that borders on negligence by all those responsible for the loading and push back of that aircraft….
At a time when the a firm is clearly doing anything it can to reduce costs (the biscuit and food saga in lounges for example) these incidents suggest that cost cutting is going far further than just removal of crisps but may now be impacting on their ability to deliver safe and secure operations.
A very worrying trend