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Our addiction to cheap flights is leaving us penniless

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The terminal is jam-packed, long queues form at the counter, sweating bodies try to avoid sliding off sticky plastic benches, children scream constantly. Yet by the evening, passengers are told to go home because their plane has been grounded. It's another airline strike day, and of course that means one irritating word will appear on the flight information screens: Cancelled.

Flight attendants and ground staff, they always seem to be on strike, especially those hired by low-cost airlines. This time, however, it's the turn of pilots working for Ryanair — the ultimate cheapskates in the sky. Company boss Michael O'Leary scornfully refers to them as "bus drivers" and would pay them similar wages if he could. O'Leary's not a........

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