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We really do have to wonder what Mr O’Leary

is trying to do when he makes comments …

like the ones he has been reported as saying today. How could or would anyone in their right  mind believe that to fly standing up is acceptable. What staggers me is that there is so much evidence to refute his view. And the ridiculous statement that if there’s a crash people are dead anyway is just plain wrong.  Sure there are no seatbelts on tube trains but what’s that go to do with anything? How does he know more than the authorities? How does he know more than the experts?  He always says that his operations are within the Law and that I don’t doubt, but so am I ‘within the law’ when I drive at 30 mph in a built up area. But it’s a maximum speed not a requirement.

There’s a difference between being within the law and operating to the law. This man isn’t happy with that … he demands to change the law.

There’s too much evidence against what he claims. His comments  are laughable.



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Anna November 8, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I agree Mr. O’Leary’s comments are not just irresponsible – they’re untrue. He claims: “If there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seatbelt won’t save you.” Yet there’s overwhelming evidence to show that in air crashes involving one or more fatalities, more passengers survive them, than don’t. We only have to look at the last major crash in this country in 1989 – the British Midland 737 that crashed on the M1 on its way to an emergency landing at East Midlands airport. Out of 126 on board, 74 survived and it was their seatbelts which saved them – there’s no doubt had anyone been standing on impact, they would have died. Mr O’Leary’s right in his assertion that air travel is safe these days: “We operate 1,500 flights a day. They don’t come skidding in. This is a very routine, safe form of travel.“ But it’s a bit like saying, let’s build high-rise office blocks and instead of including an emergency stairwell, we’ll fill the space with revenue-generating office space, because with modern fire detection systems, who needs them? It’s not like towering infernos happen any more. It may be true, but it doesn’t mean we should start cutting corners on safety, because just one person dying as a result of a ‘cut corner’ is one person too many.

Personally I wouldn’t go so far as to not recommend flying with them, as they do have a good safety record despite their CEO. Mr. O’Leary calls the authorities “a bunch of plonkers.” I think he’s the plonker… Or is he? I have to wonder how much free advertising he has got out of this.

Bob Newhart was considering air safety all the way back in 1960: :)

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