Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Spot the Relevance

"Stranded in flood-ravaged Bangkok without his medication, luggage or even a toothbrush, disabled Holocaust survivor Peter Thier says his treatment by Qantas has been appalling. 'We will never fly Qantas again - this is ridiculous', said Mr Thier, 74, from Marsfield in Sydney's northern suburbs. Mr Thier is one of thousands of Qantas passengers stranded at the airline's key south-east Asian hubs Singapore and Bangkok, many of whom are furious at their treatment... A nightmare 24 hours began for Mr Thier and his friend and carer Peter Dobson, 64, after they had driven 4 hours to Bangkok's main airport on Saturday from the Thai beach resort of Hua Hin, where they had been holidaying. They arrived hours early for a Qantas flight to Sydney departing that evening, not wanting any hassles at the airport. But when the men checked in, they felt Qantas staff were not being frank with them. 'We felt something was wrong... that they knew something we didn't', said Mr Thier who was born in Vienna before World War II and arrived in Australia as a refugee aged 16." (Nightmare for Holocaust survivor, angry at treatment, Lindsay Murdoch, The Age, 31/10/11)

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