Sorry Ryanair, Russian airline first to fly standing room only
What a restless night Sky Marshall O'Leary and the team at Ryanair must have had. How desperately worrying, knowing you'd lost one of your best PR crutches in years. No longer can their communications gurus invent fictitious soundbites about the possibility of introducing standing-room only on flights - when a Russian airline has beaten you to it.
Yes, if you somehow find yourself travelling in Eastern Europe and Russia, best stay clear of Tatarstan Airlines. During a routine flight from Turkey to Ekaterinburg (a type of cake) last week, the airline switched planes at the last moment, meaning there were only 142 seats for 148 checked-in passengers. According to Russian media, instead of telling six passengers they couldn't board, Tatarstan instead gave them the option to stand for the five hour flight.
So apart from the fact that the additional passengers had no access to oxygen masks or life-jackets, six unsecured bodies in a plane cabin during take-off, landing and turbulence probably didn't make for a comfortable flight. The passengers are now demanding £3,000 compensation each after the airline only offered £130 - although you might argue that passengers choosing to fly of their own free will - instead of waiting seven hours for the next flight - don't deserve a penny.