Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Barcelona FC boycott airline for not speaking Catalan.

After my week in Anglesey (pictures on Flickr!) I returned to a mammoth list of posts to read in Google reader. I've now waded through them and am back to a nice clean page (until someone else blogs!)

This post on About.com -Spanish language caught my eye-

Reporting on an article in the Telegraph , it seems that Barcelona FC cancelled their flight to the USA on Air Berlin as the company refused to deliver the in-flight communications in Catalan. The club's President, Joan Laporta is involved in the promotion of Catalan and the decision, it seems, was made as a matter of principle.

Whilst I can support the right of people to speak and promote their language, especially in the light of the treatment meted out by Franco to Catalan, Basque and Gallego, and in light of recent discussions, I'm wondering...
how realistic the demands are on a low cost airline? As the spokeman for Air Berlin said, it would involve a great effort.
how far the right to have announcements in your language could be taken - will those from Valencia expect valencià to be spoken whilst those from Mallorca would want them to 'xerrar es mallorquí' ?
how much it was for the entourage rather than the players - although the manager is now Pep Guardiola - Catalan through and through - and there are a number of players from Barcelona, there are others who perhaps would be more comfortable in Spanish - or perhaps they should have asked for announcements in Portuguese, French and Icelandic as well?

And one last thing - does anyone pay attention to the inflight announcements anyway?


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