The heads of major airlines across the globe were united in their attack on the European air safety chiefs, as "not making money" finally overcame their initial cautious response to the cloud of volcanic ash.
Wee Willie Walsh, one time leprechaun and now head of a major international carrier, led the attack on the "faceless Eurocrats" which grounded air traffic across the continent this week.
"At first it seemed sensible, as flying through substances which are shown to shut down jet engines wouldn't be good for publicity at all", chirruped the wee Irish fellow. "Although not making any money was no fun at all! I mean, where's the sense of adventure? People go on holiday for adventure, why not top it off by coming back through a could of powdered silicon dust?"
"To be sure". He added.
Guy Brickbastard from Aero-alliance, a body representing airlines agrees. "I'd fly through it, well I'd get someone else to fly though it first of course, you know people I didn't like, but after that I'd definitely fly through it. It's those health and safety sticklers in their funny glasses trying to avoid disasters that are the real cloud on this horizon, and we'll be seeking compensation", said Mr Brickbastard.
"And another apt metaphor is chickens", he continued, "They are all chickens. And chickens can't fly. But it's us that can't fly, thanks to them."
"I should have though that second one through a bit first", he conceded.