Ryanair Contemplates “Standing Seats” For £5 Flights
July 2, 2010
UK (ChattahBox) – After announcing proposals to begin installing coin-operated toilets on their flights, Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary says he plans on adding in a “standing area” for passengers that want cheaper fare.
The back ten rows of seats would be yanked out, he told the Telegraph, and vertical seats would be put in. These would have harnesses for safety, and would allow for more passengers to be admitted than if they were sitting. There would still be 15 rows of regular seats.
The Civil Aviation Authority doesn’t think much of the idea.
“It’s aviation law that people have to have a seat-belt on from take-off and landing so they would have to be in a seat. I don’t know how Mr O’Leary would get around that one. During turbulence passengers also have to have a seat-belt on,” a spokesman said.
Nevertheless, O’Leary has gone to Boeing to discuss designs.
In the meantime, get those coins ready, or use the bathroom before you board. Those changes are expected to happen much sooner than those to seating.