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Ryanair says scrap the seatbelt

CEO Michael O’Leary is even proposing standing-room only tickets on flights


The outspoken CEO of the European discount airline Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, wants to do away with seat belts in airplanes, arguing they are useless in the event of a crash. He wants to remove the last 10 rows of seating in his firm’s Boeing 737s to sell $1.59 standing-only tickets. “You don’t need a seat belt on trains which are travelling at 120 mph and if they crash you’re all dead,” O’Leary told the Telegraph. His plan is certain to be rejected by authorities. Seat belts may not help in a crash, but they do save lives and prevent injuries in storms, heavy turbulence and hard landings. O’Leary has at least succeeded in drawing more attention to his airline. His penchant for the spotlight has been a key to its success in what has been a period of turmoil for many other airlines. Last week, Ryanair reported a 10 per cent rise in net profits from April to September compared to the same period a year ago.


Ryanair says scrap the seatbelt

  1. When he says standing-only does he mean it literally. If I could sit on the floor and save lots of money I would. How about a passenger container in the cargo area? Low ceilings just 3 feet but there are seats. On the other hand there will be scammers that will demand a free upgrade if they see empty seats in the higher priced areas. I have seen this and have been asked to move so familys that fly standby can sit together. Kind of bugged me since I got to the airport hours ahead of time and paid more to get a good seat.

    • I believe he is also planning on putting handles on the outside, so people can take the “fresh air” option. (Fare goes way down if you agree to flap!)

  2. Narrow rows of Jolly Jumpers permitting feet planted on the floor and minimal free movement. Standing room only would sell even over longer distances.

  3. The most disconcerting thing about Ryan Air’s CEO, Michael O’Leary, is that this airline chief would ever consider something are moronic as suggesting that passengers could stand for “short legs”. This guy is as disconnected from his core business as he could possibly be, and quite frankly his understanding of safety issues relating to flying is zero and don’t think he should be running an airline. Fast rail is the future for shorter trips, and you can still sit and get there faster!