80,000 chumps up for standing on Ryanair flights
Oh well. Despite the concept of standing on short-haul flights been largely ridiculed by right-minded people and those that prefer their femurs not to be shattered on landing, it seems the majority of us would prefer to save a few quid instead.
A fortnight ago, Ryanair seized the opportunity to inflame the headlines with talk of proposals to allow passengers to stand on certain routes, in order to cram more human livestock on board. A poll was launched on the Ryanair website asking passengers if they'd consider letting their legs absorb the impact of a poor landing rather than their fatty arses on a cushioned seat.
Ryanair asked the question:
Do you think passengers should have a choice of standing on short flights as they currently do on trains, buses and underground transport?
And being the tight-fisted bunch we are, 60% replied yes. Ryanair claim over 120,000 passengers completed the poll (although it was open to anyone to complete, not just passengers) meaning that over 80,000 people supported standing room on some European flights. Unsurprisingly the number replying yes increased to 66% when asked if they would stand for flights less than one hour in length if it meant paying no fee. If Sky Marshall O'Leary is genuinely considering this, he's clearly worked out the average residual revenue from passengers flying free still makes it worth his while.
Ryanair Sky-Admiral Stephen McNamara jauntily whistled:
"We are pleased that 60% of participants in our online poll agree that people should be given the choice to travel fare free on short flights by standing if they want to. With 120,000 passengers voting and 80,000 saying they would stand on board Ryanair will continue to explore the concept of ‘fare free standing’ flights with Boeing and the relevant aviation authorities in the US and EU.”
The EU will hopefully see sense and laugh them out of Brussels, realising as most folks do, that trains, buses and underground transport doesn't travel through the air at several hundred miles an hour and experience turbulence or slamming into tarmac a little too hard.