Shane McDonald Facebook pixel
RyanAir, Free Flights, Fat Tax, Pay per toilet use

RyanAir, Free Flights, Fat Tax, Pay per toilet use

RyanAir’s Fat Tax – Publicity or Real?

I have a sneaking suspicion that RyanAir’s Fat Tax, Fly for Free, and Pay to use the Toilet are not 100% real.

These publicity stunts such as RyanAir’s Fat Tax may be very clever marketing tools guaranteed to keep RyanAir in the spotlight for a few months. One good quirky idea, a few press releases, and hey presto News and Internet coverage worth more than any advertising…. And Free too!

I have no problem with RyanAir. Every time I have flown with them, they were on time and the tickets cost less than €70 to the UK from Dublin. Last time in fact, Michael O’Leary himself was taking the tickets at the gate, as he was on the same flight to Gatwick. A Good Manager… Getting stuck in!

I was once in Stansted, heading back to Ireland, and it was snowing. Other budget airlines were stating “These flights are now canceled please rebook online”, RyanAir did not cancel and I flew home only 55 minutes late. Compared to those flying, for example on Easyjet, I was blessed that I was flying RyanAir. That is one reason why I like them.

Most Recently I found that classical music was being played while boarding. Quite a change for RyanAir.

Overall they run a good service, some people have had bad experiences but what do you expect when your trip only cost a few quid.  They even have a mobile phone system which allows you to make and receive texts and phone calls in the air – however I could not make use of this, as the mobile in-flight system did not work for me, I tried it a few times and it just doesn’t work.

At the time of writing this blog post, I fly again with RyanAir in late September as I travel over to AdTech London. I expect my trip will be event-free and on time…. If not, you will hear about it here.

Ryan Air to fly standing passengers for Free

Ryan Air to fly standing passengers for Free

Will there be Ryan Air Standing Passengers on some flights?

Ryan Air Standing Passengers – yes you read that right. Ryan Air boss Michael O’Leary has said he is looking into the possibility of letting passengers who stand up during flights fly for free. Apparently, the flights targeted will be those of 30 minutes and less. Firstly, there are very few flights that are 30 mins or less so I think this is an immediate publicity stunt – but well done to RyanAir for doing it if it is.

The plan would need to be approved by the Irish Aviation Authority, but the setup would see passengers with seats similar to trams or buffet cars on trains.

Ryan Air is now the world’s biggest international carrier and reported an increase in recent passenger numbers.

I don’t understand why Ryan Air is thinking of doing this for free, I would have thought it would have been something like a 70% discount.

I simply cannot see the play by Ryan Air standing passengers working. What about;
1) Seat belts – will there be any?
2) That unbalancing jolt you get when you land?
3) Emergency landings – Brace position?
4) Your life jacket is under your …. Seat?

Personally, as someone who has a very big interest in aviation and airline safety, I think this won’t work. For years, bodies like the FAA have worked with aircraft builders to help create safer aircraft. Everything from more resilient seats to better fireproofing of the inside of the cabin, thus preventing disasters like the Manchester Runway fire in the 80s. Also, what about turbulence? In July 2023, an Air China flight from Shanghai to Beijing hit severe turbulence that left two people injured – those people had seats, so how would that work?

I think some of the recent Ryan Air suggestions, such as the Fat Tax, charge for toilets, etc. may have been a few very clever publicity stunts. Either that or they are very interesting business models for the future of the airline … Let’s see!

For me, RyanAir is still one of my favourite airlines to fly on – they have never let me down. Some hate them, some love them. They are the marmite of the aviation world.

Ryan Air - Will Standing Passengers Work?

Ryan Air Standing Passengers – will it Work?