Low cost airline Ryanair are rumoured to run flights where passengers stand during the journey at a cost of just £5 per ticket. Michael O’Leary, the airline’s chief executive, will set out proposals that include charging customers to use the toilet. He said that charging customers £1 to make use of facilities would encourage travellers on one-hour flights to use lavatories at the airport instead of on the aircraft.
A Ryanair spokesman said that Boeing had been consulted over refitting the fleet with “vertical seats” which would allow passengers to be strapped in while standing up, which would cost between £4 and £8 per person. It is thought a standing area with “vertical seats” will be introduced at the back of its fleet of 250 planes. Safety testing will be carried out next year.
However, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority said the plans would struggle to meet safety requirements. He said: “It’s aviation law that people have to have a seat belt on from take-off and landing so they would have to be in a seat. I don’t know how Mr O’Leary would get around that one. During turbulence passengers also have to have a seat belt on.”
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