Ryanair investigated over exit seats charge
Ryanair (them again) are being investigated by an air safety watchdog over their policy of preventing passengers from sitting next to emergency exits unless they pay an extra £10.
Now, you may well be a fan of the exit seats because there's a whole load of leg room for you to enjoy there. As such, Ryanair has been encouraged to charge passengers for the privilege of sitting in these seats.
Of course, they're also paying for the honour of having to actually do something beyond the normal passengers in the case of an emergency. Ryanair are probably thinking of charging for the state of exhilaration you may feel in the time of a tragedy too.
Naturally, because Ryanair have been asking for extra money on these seats, some passengers have refused to pay the extra, meaning that many Ryanair flights have taken off with those seats vacant, which is note a safety boon.
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has launched an investigation into the issue, while the Civil Aviation Authority and the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) have also expressed concerns.
"Our guidance to UK-registered airlines is that whoever is sitting next to the emergency exit must be briefed about what to do," said a spokesman for the CAA. "If that person says they are not willing to do it, then someone else must be found who is happy with that role." He added: "It's an important task. It's not easy to open the doors and they must be physically strong enough to throw them from the plane."
A spokesman for Ryanair doesn't see a problem with it all, naturally. They say: “Ryanair complies with all mandatory safety directives. All passengers are provided with the same safety and evacuation information.”