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"Seat belts don't matter,” said Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair.

Old 8th Nov 2012, 17:24
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A 'true' story from a mate of mine- in around 1994, he got the wonderful job as Pink Floyd's tour skipper.

I cannot vouch if true or not, so don't shoot the messenger.

Now, not one to do things by halves, David Gilmour hired the Sultan of somewhere or another's personal 727. It has marble baths and stuff like that.

The SOP of the band and roadies was to wait for either Nick Mason or Gilmour (both rated on multi's I believe? Both total aviationheads...) then to take the controls...then, the band and crew would wildly run up and down the aircraft to destablise the the COG!!!!

I can see it now:

PIC to Gilmour: I thought you said you could fly..."
DG: (as plane wildly banks hither and thither, nose goes up, then down...)...."I can, I haven't a clue what's wrong with this thing!"

Probably the most expensive piece of childishness ever.
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simple question - coming into land at say - Geneva, and the wings are about meeting in the middle, we are rollercoastering left and right and people are barfing left and right, smell awful. the cabin crew have pulled their harnesses tight and we bounce down the runway after several attempts...

I challenge MOL to do that landing standing up hung on to the tube standing passenger handle - man's a plank....
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Old 8th Nov 2012, 18:00
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I see your Geneva and raise you a Jogjakarta or the old Honkers approach!!
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"Seat belts don't matter,” said Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair.

Turbulence?

The final drive towards the bus with wings...

“We don't have heavy landings anymore,” he told The Telegraph. "If you say to someone, 'look, hang onto the handle there, you're coming in to land,' they'll be fine.”

Heavy landings?? LOL

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"Seat belts don't matter,” said Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair. “If there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seat belt won’t save you.”

Current European safety regulations require passengers to be buckled up – and sitting in a seat – for takeoffs and landings.

But O’Leary has spoken out against the regulations, and has suggested removing the last ten rows of seats in an airplane to let people stand.

“We don't have heavy landings anymore,” he told The Telegraph. "If you say to someone, 'look, hang onto the handle there, you're coming in to land,' they'll be fine.”
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Old 9th Nov 2012, 00:58
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"Seat belts don't matter,” said Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair.

What about CAT en-route?
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Old 9th Nov 2012, 01:29
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Is that guy really that fg stupid, or is this another of his schemes to get Ryanair some free publicity?
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Old 9th Nov 2012, 01:45
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HaHa!
Micko has been gagged by his handlers for a few weeks during the renewed EI bid. He actually seemed to have copped on that he needs to shut up during the process.
But he just couldn't resist, could he. Couldn't keep it in any longer, that insane little monkey that chatters in his ear all day always has to vent with an ear piercing screech. He's like a Tourette's sufferer. He just can't f- f - FECKIN help himself!!

What a nutter.

Maybe he realises the game is up on his bid anyhow, so let the monkey screech.
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Old 9th Nov 2012, 01:48
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Aviation's answer to P.T. Barnum once again succeeds in finding a sucker in the media to publish his drivel. The man's an attention whore and the Telegraph is little more than his latest John.
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By the way - to all the FR Fanboys out there who are talking up his bid, aren't you ashamed of yourselves? Do you call yourselves professional pilots?
How do you like working for a madman? Why do you expect the real pilots who have some remaining self respect and pride in their profession to want to follow you into your cess pit of self loathing and idiocy.
You are a disgrace to the profession FFS.
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Suggesting that there are no more heavy landings, and conveniently ignoring CAT, is like one of our local bureaucrats who wanted to close the secondary, grass, runway used by GA aircraft at our local airfield because - wait for it, modern aircraft don't need the pilot to be trained for cross-wind landings anymore, so we'll plough up the runway and sell it for development i.e. more income from Rates.

Flying into the USA recently,an announcement was made that there was to be no collection of small groups around the areas near the toilets i.e. no queues ( because of course that's where the Bad Boys would collect to finalise their cunning plots ) so how would that fit in with a gang standing around at the back? 10 rows, at least 60 seats, so perhaps a mob of 80 plus standing close together, just like the tube at rush hour ?

World's Gone Mad.
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Old 9th Nov 2012, 03:22
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The man is a moron and should be treated as such.

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Was looking for cartoon of Michael O’Leary with his head through an overhead bin on first stand-up flight....no luck yet...but he is a cartoon.
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Old 9th Nov 2012, 05:11
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MoL' real fear !

The biggest fear of MoL is that he won't see his name in the paper on a weekly basis, on his forum I would say don't feed the troll.

As for the Telegraph reporter, you are a sucker who has just been used to further the ends of MoL and Ryanair, your bosses should take the cost of the advertisement you have just written for Ryanair out of your pay.
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Old 9th Nov 2012, 05:17
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I don't post here often but this has made news headlines in Australia and for all the wrong reasons. Is this guy for real? A CEO of a very successfull airline pretty much publicly stating that saftey doesn't matter when flying with RyanAir. Has he completely lost the plot? I think he finally has and ludicrous headline comments to get RyanAir publicity may now come back to bite him. Clear Air Turbulance is one of the biggest killers of airline passengers and crew who are not restrained by a seatbelt, look at QF at Learmonth for example and may other in flight incidents. Those restrained by seatbelts remain relatively safe but those unrestrained are severely injured or worse. I do agree with his argument that trains are not required to be fitted with seat belts, thats something I have always had a problem with however instead of thinking thats ok be proactive and say it's not ok. RyanAir, luckily has been without serious incident so far. His comments will definatly suggest to me that it's now not a safe airline with a CEO saying seatbelts "don't matter." What a stupid and irresponsible comment. Safety and welfare of his passengers and crew is obviously not top of his agenda. However, people will continue to fly them over an airline that takes safety very seriously because they are cheap. Do people actually realise it's not a bus or train? Obviously not.
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Old 9th Nov 2012, 05:47
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Thumbs up

It never ceases to amaze me how many fall into Mr O'Leary's obvious traps....

Standing Room?
Charging for Toilet 1e?
Only 1 toilet on board?
Crew to weigh no more than 80kg?
Coffins delivered to the inaugural opening of Dublins new Terminal?
Using a Taxi Plate on his private car to skip queues in Dublin City Centre?
and so the list grows.......

He sits in his office and thinks "how can I get some publicity for the most successful airline in Europe?", he doesnt care if its good, bad or indifferent....

He gets people talking about FR full stop....

Oh and as already stated in other threads FR crew are extremely well trained and spend alot of time in the sim....
Their Aircraft are brand new
Their maintenance is top drawer and their Ramp Safety is better than most Airlines...

I hope these comments are not clouded by jealousy lads/lasses

Just dont bite
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Old 9th Nov 2012, 05:54
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He gets people talking about FR full stop....
People talk about FR... most of it not in a positive way.
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thats the point:

Person 1 - "Can you believe Ryanair want to introduce Standing Room areas on Aircraft"
Person 2 - "No way is he crazy"
Person 1 - "Must be, but then again his flights are reliable and cheap"
Person 2 - "pfff I have never flown with FR, I would prefer to fly our national Airline in comfort"
Person 1 - "I suppose, but I flew from STN - PFO for 75e return, only took some hand luggage. The flight was comfortable, onboard service was reasonable and we arrived 20mins early to PFO"
Person 2 - "Thats a great price, when I flew LGW-PFO It cost me 560gbp return and I thought I got a good deal "
Person 1 - "FR is like a bus service, get on fly get off easy"
Person 2 - "ya know I think I will give them a go, cheers m8"

A long but not unusual conversation to show to some doubters how even tongue in cheek bad publicity, can quickly change into "bums on seats"....
Its basic marketing strategies taught to PR peeps at kindergarten.....
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Old 9th Nov 2012, 06:38
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O'Leary has a short memory.

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Old 9th Nov 2012, 07:17
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Disgusting

I hate flying with Ryanair, unfortunately as a student I can't afford anyone else, and they are the only ones that fly Malaga-Edinburgh. It's outrageous. The seats are uncomfortable, 9/10 times the cabin crew is unfriendly, space is limited, you're treated like cattle and you have to pay 10 pounds to be allowed to sit at an emergency exit. I remember a few years ago when in other airlines they would move people in unbusy flights to make sure someone was at the emergency exit. It should be illegal. NOW SEATBELTS???? WTF is wrong with them? If they make standing tickets, i might just shoot myself.


I'd rather never make it as a pilot than work for them.
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Old 9th Nov 2012, 07:54
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Put it to the test, take the seats out, get MOL to stand at the back of the acft set auto brakes to max. Problem solved.
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