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Friday
Nov092012

Discount Airline CEO Pondering 'Standing Room Only' Flights

John Foxx/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Ryanair, a no-frills airline based in Ireland that has already made headlines for contemplating pay toilets for its flights, has a new idea for the cost-conscious flier: standing room only flights.

According to the U.K. Telegraph, RyanAir CEO Micahel O'Leary says he could get flights down to a few bucks if he makes the plan a reality.

"If there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seatbelt won’t save you," he told the paper.

O'Leary commented, "The problem with aviation is that for 50 years it's been populated by people who think it's this wondrous sexual experience; that it's like James Bond and wonderful and we'll all be flying first class when really it's just a bloody bus with wings.  Most people just want to get from A to B.  You don't want to pay £500 for a flight."

The CEO explained the cheap flight plan wouldn't be dangerous.

"We're not talking about areas of huge turbulence around Europe," he said.

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Thursday
Nov102011

Pushback on CEO’s Porn on Planes Proposal

Comstock/Thinkstock(DUBLIN, Ireland) -- An anti-pornography group is now taking aim at Ryan Air, whose CEO has proposed a new app for smartphones that would allow passengers to watch racy material in the comfort of their aisle seat.

The group, Morality in Media, Thursday called on U.S. citizens and pro-family organizations in Europe to contact the European airline and “stop this outrage before it gets started,” according to a statement by Dawn Hawkins, executive director of MIM.

The CEO of Dublin, Ireland-based Ryan Air floated the idea of offering porn on his low-cost carrier.  According to British press reports, CEO Michael O’Leary is mulling a new app for iPads or smartphones that would allow passengers to watch erotic movies – for a fee, of course.

O’Leary made it clear he’s not proposing to offer porn on the plane’s TV screens, just on personal electronic devices. 

Still, as any flyer knows, there’s hardly any assurance that passengers and children sitting nearby wouldn’t be in for an unwelcomed and shocking experience.

Ryan Air, which flies throughout Europe, charges fees for just about everything – from checked luggage to food and drinks, even for checking in online and printing your boarding pass, even though that is required because the airline doesn’t offer any check-in at the airport.  Much like Spirit Air in the U.S, Ryan Air’s philosophy is to charge as low a fare as possible for your seat, then heap on fees for everything else.  

Major airlines, of course, have adopted some of these fees themselves.

Ryan’s CEO has made it a habit of suggesting controversial moves.  He’s talked about taking out some of the bathrooms to add more seats, selling standing room seats, and moving to pay toilets.  The airline has just launched a racy crew calendar, as well.

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