Lucky you for getting the Royal treatment. I was on a flight (EI not RYR) from Gatwick to Shannon in June last year and was the sole passenger. The crew closed the doors and as I was seated in ~ row 14 I got up prior to push back and asked could I sit in row 1 since there was nobody else on board. Unfortunately I was promptly advised for "safety" reasons that I must stay in my allocated seat for takeoff and landing. Not wantpmg to antagonise the crew member and risk an unwarranted delay to the flight etc I dare not mention why the reason for the "safety" i.e. is it in the event of a crash so they could identify the body. In my own head I was thinking, shur if we do crash, there are ~6 crew and one passenger so not hard to identify.
The thing that got me was that I never saw a crew member for the whole flight and used my call bell to summon them (fasten seat belt sign remained on for the whole flight) to try and pay for a cup of coffee & a full Irish.
Not wantpmg to antagonise the crew member and risk an unwarranted delay to the flight etc I dare not mention why the reason for the "safety" i.e. is it in the event of a crash so they could identify the body.
Are you quite serious? Is this what you genuinely believe?
I can remember being one of 16 passengers (including about 6 kids) on a Qantas 747 trans-tasman in the 80's
We all moved (including the only first class passenger) into Business and had a whale of trip..................
IIRC there was a guy who was the only passenger on a very early Pan-Am 747 transatlantic flight in the early 70's - they were positioning it to Paris or somewhere from NY and stuck it down as a scheduled flight but didn't try & sell tickets - he was late for the standard 707 and so they stuck him on the jumbo
Tight Slot, to be honest I don't know for sure but on a previous personal experience with the same carrier flying from JFK to SNN I was in the last row of business class trying to sleep but the crew positioned directly behind me with gossip in full flow. After a half hour I asked very politely could they be a little quieter or move somewhere else. I was practically reprimanded and told that for the rest of the flight I would not be given any alcohol due to my aggressive behaviour and if I were to persist the Captain would be informed and a possible restraint would ensue. I was gob smacked and didn't even respond. I never ever have alcohol before, after or during a flight.* The carrier up to 10-12 years ago was brilliant but has definitely changed for some reason. I can remember being on transatlantic crossings with music, song and dance in full flow in economy and encouraged by the crew. Today you cannot look sideways at them.*
So back to my previous post and your bemused question relating to same. Why else would they not permit me to move from the mid section of the aircraft when there were no other passengers on board. At the time I felt that maybe they will use any excuse to cancel the flight because the return leg would probably have an abysmal load also. Granted if they did want to cancel they could have easily said that the aircraft had gone "tech" but at the time that did not cross my mind.*
For safety as in the safety of the aircraft and to keep it in trim for take off. Moving 14 rows to row 1, especially as the sole passenger in the cabin would affect the centre of gravity of the aircraft for take off. This would effectively put it out of trim as the trim calculations would have been finalised based on your seat in row 14. It always comes across as the crew just being difficult but that's the reason.
And everyone knowing that trim issues are complete rubbish as 'they' only weigh 80Kgs, not 800kg, know exactly what the weight and distribution of the cargo in the cargo holds and the trim of the fuel tanks are of course.
Weight and balance sheets are produced for the seats the passengers are booked into. My personal approach is that I require passengers to occupy assigned seats for take off and landing UNLESS I consider there to be enough flexibility in the trim to permit movement.
I would assume the Captain on your 'one man' flight would be the same. Light loads with cargo and fuel can produce trims very close to the limits. Many carriers stock the holds up with cargo when the passenger load is light. Just because there is no-one in the cabin doesn't necessarily mean the flight is 'empty'.