One of the dumbest ideas to come from Ireland this week

The Courier Mail reports


Ryanair floats idea of stand-up airfares

A PENNY-pinching airline is about to dispense with seats and introduce standing room in a bid to pack more people on to flights and save money.

Passengers would pay less to huddle next to what have been described as “bar stools”, with seatbelts around their waists while they stand for the entire flight.

The Ireland-based cheap flight airline boss Michael O’Leary has already held talks with US plane manufacturer Boeing about designing a jet with standing room, reports The Sun.

A Ryanair spokesman said: “If (the Irish Aviation Authority) approve it, we’ll be doing it.”

Ryanair are not the first to float the “stand-by” tickets with Chinese airline Spring, putting forward similar plans.

The Chinese outfit believe they could pack in up to 50 per cent more passengers and slash costs by 20 per cent.

Mr O’Leary, who is no stranger to controversy, also unveiled plans for planes with just one toilet instead of three, which he said would allow six extra seats to be crammed in.