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Aer Lingus´ language tests to board their planes

A GREEK telecoms manager who has lived in Cork with her family since 1998 was forced to do a language test in English and Greek before being allowed to board an Aer Lingus flight home to Ireland from Barcelona recently.

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She complained to both Aer Lingus and its Spanish agents. They confirmed that this is official policy, although Aer Lingus apologised for the distress caused and offered a travel voucher of €200.
AER LINGUS TEST SAMPLE LANGUAGE QUESTIONS

1. Please write your forenames and family name in capital letters.

2. Please underline the numbers twelve and sixty-five: 12, 18, 24, 37, 41, 49, 57, 65, 73, 89.

3. Please write down in the following order: your date of birth, place of birth and today’s date.

4. Please point to the last page and to your photograph in the document before you.

5. Please show me any cash you have in your possession.

6. Please sketch a ladder and a triangle.

7. Please read out the script on the page of your document indicated.

8.What is your travel destination? (The Greek version asks “Where are you going to in England?”)


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Speaking on Irish state broadcaster RTE on Monday morning, Dislis said the test was all the more "insane" as none of the Aer Lingus staff correct the completed test.7.

“It was some bright spark that must have thought of the idea. None of them spoke Greek. I gave the test and said, right, read it. “I could have written the Three Little Pigs. They couldn’t know,”

Dislis also said that the Greek embassy in Dublin told her that it had never heard of forged biometric Greek passports. Only a small number of forged old type police IDs had come to its attention.
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Old 13.03.2012, 00:31
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Re: Aer Lingus´ language tests to board their planes

I don't understand question 7 and I'm a native English speaker...
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Re: Aer Lingus´ language tests to board their planes

I'm with you there. My only guess is someone points to a page in some document and you're supposed to read it. I did have to read it three times to come with the guess.
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Asked for an explanation, the Aer Lingus handling agents’ manager on the ground, she claims, told her this was “because many people from your country travel on false papers”.
Could be a ploy by the Irish authorities to deter refugees from Greece.
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Could be a ploy by the Irish authorities to deter refugees from Greece.
Imagine moving from Greece to Ireland, via Spain, because of economic reasons
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5. Please show me any cash you have in your possession.
I hope Michael O' Leary doesn't read that. It'll give him ideas.
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WTF? How is this part of a language test?
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Cunning Aer Lingus.
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Cunning Aer Lingus.
I just flew on Aer Lingus back from Dublin. Crossed my mind to wonder how many times their employees must hear some version of that joke...
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I just flew on Aer Lingus back from Dublin. Crossed my mind to wonder how many times their employees must hear some version of that joke...
Too many feckin' times.
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Old 15.03.2012, 16:57
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Re: Aer Lingus´ language tests to board their planes

Tempted to try to find a flight to Dublin so I can do this test - wonder what will happen to me when I get every single one wrong?
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Old 15.03.2012, 17:00
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I just hope they never ask me to complete a test in Basyl Bääs Basledy Swiss German...
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Re: Aer Lingus´ language tests to board their planes

Once I traveled with Delta and went through such test because I was assigned a seat besides the security exit. They said that the people sitting there must be able to understand the commands from the staff (in English) in case of an emergency.
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