Remember that video that did the rounds a couple of months ago showing baggage handlers unceremoniously dumping bike boxes and bags from the hold of an easyJet flight? In case you missed it, here it is.
— Andy Thornley (@scouser_andy) March 6, 2017
The footage was shot by journalist Andy Thornley as he waited to board a flight at London Gatwick, with the baggage handlers involved employed by Menzies, the company the airline uses for baggage handling at the airport.
@pdjohnson Hi. We have taken this up with our ground handling agent, as we expect our agents to treat our customers’ luggage with care. BR V
— easyJet (@easyJet) March 9, 2017
It was enough to make anyone who flies with their bike cringe, and now one professional cyclist has vowed never to travel with the airline again after his bike was destroyed when he took a flight with the same airline.
Peter Koning, who rides for the Irish UCI Professional Continental team Aqua Blue, tweeted a picture today of the frame of his Ridley bike, broken beyond repair.
— Peter Koning (@nl_peterkoning) May 15, 2017
The 26-year-old Dutch rider competed in the Four Days of Dunkirk last week, and is due to race at the Tour of Norway, which starts on Wednesday.
His tweet drew this response from Cornish ex-pro Tom Southam, Koning's former sports director at Drapac.
— tom southam (@tomsoutham) May 15, 2017
That wasn't the only tongue-in-cheek reply.
— thisdell (@thisdell) May 15, 2017
— uniltelligible (@chefesque) May 15, 2017
However, this Twitter user wasn't alone in suggesting that a hard case might be safer than a soft bag in future.
I wouldn't fly with a soft bag though, hard case only.
— Ste (@me_ste) May 15, 2017
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.