Budget Airline's New Idea: Standing Tickets

Ryanair proposes another doozy, but safety issues loom
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2010 7:48 AM CDT
Budget Airline's New Idea: Standing Tickets
A Ryanair jet takes off from Belfast City Airport.   (AP Photo / Peter Morrison, file)

Ryanair—already considering a plan to charge passengers to pee—has another brilliant idea for budget travelers. CEO Michael O'Leary is floating the idea of removing the last 10 rows of seats in its planes so passengers could stand in exchange for cheaper tickets, reports the Telegraph. He calls them "vertical seats."

Novel idea or a publicity stunt? "Put it this way," writes Quentin Fottrell at the Wall Street Journal: "There’s more chance of O’Leary being the first man on Mars than getting clearance for stand-up seats. The European Aviation Safety Agency is very clear in its rules: 'A seat must be provided for each occupant who has reached his or her second birthday.'" (More Ryanair stories.)

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