La Continuità Territoriale e l’isolamento della Sardegna

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La Sardegna é un’isola e per via dei scarsi collegamenti aerei si sente ancora più isolata nonostante la sua posizione strategica al centro del mediterraneo.

Prima pensavo che la continuità territoriale non servisse ma ora ne capisco i vantaggi che sono diversi:
-numero di voli garantiti, tutto l’anno
-tariffa a prezzo bloccato per i residenti
-flessibilità nel cambiare biglietto o cancellarlo anche all’ultimo
-23kg di bagaglio incluso nella tariffa

Ora l’attuale giunta regionale ha ridotto la continuità solo a Roma Fiumicino e Milano Linate. Molti si stanno lamentando ma a parer mio è stata fatta una cosa giusta. Le altre città possono essere raggiunte in treno o in corriera da Roma o Milano o alternativamente ci sono le compagnie in libero mercato che si fanno concorrenza.

Di recente i giornali hanno registrato la drastica riduzione del numero di voli Ryanair da e per l’isola. La notizia é molto grave ma pagare la compagnia per promuovere certe rotte come in continuità territoriale sarebbe, a parer mio, una spesa inutile.

Quel che servirebbe sarebbe un incentivo ad aumentare il numero di passeggeri in arrivo a gli aeroporti Sardi. Questo lo si potrebbe fare mettendo un target che tutte le compagnie possono aspirare a raggiungere in cui si incoraggiano le stesse a pubblicizzare i voli per la Sardegna e cercare di vendere più biglietti possibili per raggiungere il target annuale. Una volta raggiunto il target la regione potrebbe dare un contributo finanziario alla compagnia aerea sotto forma di rimborso spese per l’impegno della compagnia nel promuovere l’immagine della Sardegna.

Questa sarebbe una mossa che incentiva il libero mercato e anziché favorire una compagnia piuttosto che un’altra le mette tutte sullo stesso piano e le stimola a promuovere il turismo in Sardegna magari con l’utilizzo di campagne promozionali già studiate da Sardegna Turismo.

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Greeting People

The first thing that happens in a group situation, with people from different parts of Europe that gather in one place for a training course, is a meet and greet session. In my books, this was also the most entertaining part of the first few days of the course I followed, as you can tell cultural differences a mile away.

As the course was in Spain, the organisers used the Spanish way to greet the participants so a hand shake and two kisses on the cheek. Most entertaining was seeing the reaction on people’s faces, the majority of which could not mask their sense of surprise and slight unease to all this southern affection. Most taken aback were the Palestinian girls who were totally shocked by the forwardness of the spaniards.

Also I had some difficulties: when greeting one of the city councillors I went in for kissing her right cheek first whilst apparently in Spain you start from the left.

Overall very entertaining, I strongly recommend this experience just for the fun of it.

Reflections on the Russian plane disaster

86542463_029932319Since the latest airplane crash, in which a Russian airliner went down on the Sinai peninsula killing all 224 people on board new questions on airport security have been raised.

Before the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 suitcases were not scanned for bombs and the rule that if the passenger isn’t on board the suitcase gets offloaded wasn’t in force.

Then following the terror attacks of 9/11 the amount of security has increased considerably. The foiled attempt of bombing the transatlantic planes from London to the U.S. resulted in the prohibition of passengers transporting liquids of a greater quantity than a 100ml in their hand luggage.

The latest bomb that involved the Russian airline from Sharm El Sheik to Saint Petersburg will push for a further tightening of security amongst the airport staff and stricter controls on suitcases.

I for one, believe that current security is already very high and that a further increase could bring a greater invasion of our privacy and peace of mind. Although I am perfectly aware of not being a terrorist, I still feel uneasy about the policemen with their machine guns casually walking around public places. What if one of them goes crazy and starts shooting everybody, it would be a massacre! The intense scrutiny at passport control when entering the UK also makes me feel uncomfortable. Perhaps my old passport photo and the tatty cover are elements that make my experience particularly tricky but I can only imagine what an Asian person must go through.

Overall, on a pessimistic note, there will always be a way of killing people en masse, even in civil aviation. There are measures we can take to make it harder, but there is no guarantee that this will prevent another attack. We need to fight the cause at the root and accept the fact that by living our day to day lives we put ourselves at risk. This risk, however, must not deter us from being human and living our lives to the full. Only this will make us resist the terror that the extremists want to inflict on society.