The Irish low cost airline, Ryanair, will let its customers stand during flight for cheaper tickets.
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said that as aircraft landings are almost always smooth, standing passengers will be safe as long as they hold on a handle. Mr O’Leary also said that he sees no point in wearing a seatbelt, because during a plane crash it won’t save passengers anyway.
“You don’t need a seatbelt on the London Underground. You don’t need a seatbelt on trains which are travelling at 120mph and if they crash you’re all dead…” he said.
Michael O’Leary plans to make ‘standing room only’ cabins for budget travelers and students, for £1 tickets at any destination in Europe. He thought about removing the last 10 rows in the back of the planes allowing passengers to travel on their feet.
“If you say to passengers it’s £25 for the seat and £1 for the standing cabin, I guarantee we will sell the standing cabin first,” he said. “No question.
Fortunately, the European Safety regulations rule out this crazy idea, saying that passengers must be belted in for take-off and landing. Among other unconventional proposals coming from Mr. O’Leary we can include charging passengers to use Ryanair toilets, charging travelers to print a boarding pass and make fat people pay extra for their tickets.