Another Ryanair headline
November 13th, 2011 by elisa

“Oh no!” I hear you groan! Yes, it’s yet another headline grabbing, slightly distasteful proposal from Ryanair again. This week the airline is ruffling feathers by saying it is looking into developing an in-flight app which will allow passengers to use their smartphones and ipods to access pornographic, gambling and gaming websites on board.

The reasoning behind it, says boss Michael O’Leary, is that if hotels can have it, why can’t airlines? He seems to have missed the difference between how people view these sites, it’s one thing to choose to view something in the privacy of a hotel room, but quite another to access it on board a flight in view of anyone. It’s very easy to glimpse what people are watching on their devices from either behind a chair or walking along the isle, which could cause offence to some people and even be viewed by children.

Bob Atkinson of Travelsupermarket said as much to the Sun newspaper: “There may be a market for porn in hotels, but that’s in the privacy of a room. Anyone could see it on a plane. It’s wrong.”

What do you think to this idea? Is it a publicity stunt close to the paying to use the toilet and standing only flights suggestions previously made by O’Leary?


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