Michael O’Leary is at it again.
The chief executive officer of Ryanair — a low-cost carrier based in Ireland — claims that seat belts on aircraft are “pointless”, “useless” and “unnecessary.”
Does he have a point?
I always keep my seat belt buckled while seated on a flight. It only takes a few seconds to buckle and unbuckle — and if the length is properly adjusted and snug around my waist but not too tightly, I do not even realize that I am buckled to my seat. In fact, the seat belt habit is strong enough with me that I feel uncomfortable if I am in a moving vehicle and my seat belt is not buckled — even when I am driving a car. For me, the inconvenience is so minor that I do not even think about it. Do you wear your seat belts while seated throughout a flight?
O’Leary claims that “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, no question.”
Would you pay as little as one British pound — not including fees, of course — for the privilege of standing in the rear of the cabin on an aircraft for the duration of a short-haul flight?