Parents to pay for reserved Ryanair seats
Children on planes are a source of great fun, or/and irritation. With that in mind, Ryanair have made an announcement.
The budget airline says that they've got plans to make parents travelling with their children under 12, pay for reserved seating. This will come into play from 1 September, and basically, it is a move to stop families from being split up on a busy flight.
That's nice of them isn't it? Making sure kids are sat with their folks. Well, obviously, Ryanair aren't doing this entirely out of the goodness of their hearts, as it'll cost parents money.
If you're flying with your child, you'll have to pay £8 for your seat, while your kids' reservations will be free.
Of course, this should making boarding a bit smoother for all concerned, as the airline crew won't have to faff around trying to re-seat people, in a bid to get children sat with their parents.
Ryanair have said that their summer flights are running at 94% capacity, so staff will have their work cut out during the peak holiday season.
Another problem this has caused, is that some people had reserved their own seats, but had to be moved so families could sit together - at least through this system, this should be a thing of the past.
You can't do anything about Little Tommy crying his face off behind your head, while Little Chloe kicks you through the back of your chair.
Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair's chief marketing officer, says that this is going to let families "fly safe in the knowledge that they are getting Europe's lowest air fares while ensuring they always sit with their children".