Published November 08, 2012
One airline may give new meaning to the term “the cheap seats,” but it’ll cost you – a seat.
The head of a British budget airliner has suggested creating “standing room only” sections for flights within Europe with prices as low as $1.50 a ticket, The Telegraph reports.
"Seat belts don't matter,” said Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair. “If there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seat belt won’t save you.”
Current European safety regulations require passengers to be buckled up – and sitting in a seat – for takeoffs and landings.
But O’Leary has spoken out against the regulations, and has suggested removing the last ten rows of seats in an airplane to let people stand.
“We don't have heavy landings anymore,” he told The Telegraph. "If you say to someone, 'look, hang onto the handle there, you're coming in to land,' they'll be fine.”