AN Irish Olympian was left on the tarmac at Aer Lingus after he was kicked off a flight over the weekend. Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe was hoping to go to a competition as part of his preparations for the upcoming Rio games. But the 24-year-old was asked to step off the flight and refused permission to travel for having “fencing equipment”.
He wrote: “I dedicate my life to ensure i make my country proud at the Olympics in Rio only to be let down be my National Airline (Aer lingus).
“I will miss the competition and waste valuable funding that I spent on Flights, & Hotel etc!” Champ Arthur, who earned Ireland a European gold medal in 2015, said he was “hugely disappointed” with the move and asked his followers to share his story of frustration.
A statement from Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air read: “We regret the inconvenience caused to the passenger. “However, as set out in the baggage information and guidelines on aerlingus.com, sports weapons cannot be carried on Aer Lingus Regional flights and any such equipment needs to be declared in advance of travel.