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Ryanair Chief O'Leary Proposes Ultra-Cheap Standing Cabins on Planes

By November 8, 2012

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Michael O'Leary, controversial chief executive of budget airline Ryanair, is once again making a splash with yet another outrageous pronouncement. According to The Telegraph, O'Leary proposes to pull ten rows of seating out of Ryanair's airplanes and create "standing cabins" for passengers who don't mind standing during their entire flight in exchange for a super-cheap airfare.

There's just one catch. European air travel regulations require all airline passengers to sit in their seats, seat belts fastened, during takeoff and landing.

According to O'Leary, European buses and trains do not require seat belt use, and, therefore, airline passengers should be able to opt out, too, especially if they can fly for less.

What do you think? Should airline passengers be able to fly standing up, as though airplanes were Metro train cars or public transit buses? Or is this idea just too dangerous? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the combox below.

November 19, 2012 at 3:24 am
(1) Jill Golding says:

You words “cattle class” come to mind…
This must be some kind of joke! Safety of passengers on airlines should always be of paramount importance and when passengers are seated and belted-in, it minimises any harm that may come to them when experiencing turbulence or those rare drops of altitude where anyone standing could literally hit their heads on the ceiling of the planes.

I think people are gradually coming round to thinking that the savings they make when travelling with the likes of this company are very risky – there is no guarantee of travel – witness poor girl thrown off plane in Barcelona and my own daughter when 16 was left in South of France with no money or compensation or person to talk to for a week when they cancelled her flight a couple of years ago. No comfort, no glamour – why would anyone put themselves through the stress?

I recently flew British Airways to Edinburgh and had forgotten how nice it was to be given a FREE breakfast (and very tastey too) on the way up and a gin and tonic on the way home. I was carrying on a weekend suitcase and a banner at least 1 meter long and they didnt blink an eye and welcomed me on board!

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