Seat belts don’t matter...

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    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifesty...against-seat-belts-with-new-seating-proposal/

    RyanAir Standing Up Against Seat Belts With New Seating Proposal

    Flying above the clouds usually means you’re sitting down and not standing up.
    That won’t be the case if Europe’s RyanAir decides to offer “standing-room only” seats for just a £1 to students and budget travelers. They wouldn’t even have seat belts.
    “Seat belts don’t matter,” RyanAir CEO Michael O’Leary was quoted as saying in the U.K.’s Telegraph.
    In an effort to boost sales and offer passengers a less expensive option for air travel, O’Leary said he believes more passengers are likely to pay for “standing-room only” seats before regular seats. RyanAir would place the stand-up seats in the space left after the last ten rows of seats in an airplane are removed.
    O’Leary says this would give passengers enough room to stand and therefore pay a cheaper fare.
    “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.”
    And what about safety?
    RyanAir’s “standing-room only” seats would not provide passengers with seat belts or safety harnesses of any kind.
    “You should be able to choose from a safety perspective. We’re not talking about areas of huge turbulence around Europe,” said O’Leary.
    But these conditions won’t fly with the European safety regulations, which state that all passengers must be buckled up for takeoff and landing.
    This is not the first time the outspoken CEO of the Irish discount airliner has made outrageous announcements.
    In 2010, for instance, RyanAir announced it was considering charging passengers to use the bathroom. There was outcry from industry insiders and frustration from passengers, and the fees have yet to go into effect.
    For now, passengers can continue to enjoy the low fares RyanAir offers for regular seats.
     
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    Oh. My. Goodness.
     
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    I'm sure we can all admit that Mr. O'Leary is a raging, grade A, bottom of the bucket type of person, and Ryan Air is clearly the "King" of the budget airliners; that being said, he's right. Those tickets would sell out immediately. There are far more customers who aren't us, who don't play the tricks, get the CC bonuses, and travel a 100 days a year. They would leap at the chance to drop a few dollars for a intra-European flight. I know I would've back in my younger days.
     
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    This is a completely ludicrous idea from RyanAir. And absolutely no govt authority in any country would allow this.
     
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    From the standpoint of safety, you're right. However, as interfacio12 notes, there are a bunch of people who would jump on these fares. From that point of view, it's not ludicrous.

    You're right about this, although I wonder sometimes, as governments have a tendency to do some pretty stupid things.
     
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