I've got to be honest and say that I don't have a lot of sympathy for the estimated 150,000 British people stranded in various parts of the world by the flight ban.
People who take holidays at Easter in places such as Florida, Lanzarote, Thailand and Australia tend to be fairly well to do people - what we would have called the upper middle class twenty years ago or so. They have credit cards with which they can pay for hotels, ferries, train tickets, buses, hire cars and food and in most cases they will have insurance through which they can recoup most if not all of those costs.
Consequently, I'm a bit fed up hearing about these "abandoned" Brits abroad. Nobody forced them to fly to far off places and everyone who does that does it knowing full well that it only take a French or Spanish air traffic controller strike to leave them stranded in some foreign airport for days.
I'm more concerned about the abandoned Brits in council estates plagued by feral youth, crime, drugs and anti-social behaviour.
I'm more concerned about the abandoned Brits jettisoned from their jobs because of unfair foreign competition, cheap immigrant workers or because the foreign owner of their factory has decided close it down and move production to Malaysia.
I'm more concerned about the abandoned Brits whose children struggle to get any sort of education in schools without discipline, where bullying is rife and where a small clique of disruptive pupils hold sway over the majority who just want to learn.
I'm more concerned about the abandoned Brits in hospital corridors and cupboards left to die in squalor and indignity - unfed, unwashed and unwanted - while hospital chief executives enjoy bumper pay rises and protected pensions.
There are millions of abandoned Brits up and down this country who are far more deserving of attention, help and consideration and are left to struggle through no fault of their own than a relatively small number of affluent jet setters who wouldn't know real hardship if it bit them on the backside. The real abandoned Brits are left to fend for themselves with little hope of rescue from the problems that blight their lives - crime, drugs, unemployment, immigration, rubbish schools, lousy hospitals and so on and so forth.
They are the abandoned Brits we ought to worry about.