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The art of spin - DTI style

Our friends at the DTI are trumpeting a fall in the "total number of reported incidents of disruptive passenger behaviour on board UK-registered aircraft". The figures are indeed down, but the small print shows that relative to total flights and passengers carried, and in absolute terms the numbers of serious incidents are up. Would you buy a second hand car from these people?

Meanwhile, savour the structure of this sentence:

"Smoking in the aircraft toilet, which is classified as a significant offence by the Civil Aviation Authority, is by far the most common offence, closely followed by alcohol-related incidents". (My emphasis).
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