Ryanair Launches "Child Free Flights"

Ryanair Launches "Child Free Flights"

Most proclamations by RyanAir, the Irish “jet strapped to a metal pole” low-cost airline, sound like April Fool’s jokes anyway but at least their attempt today is right on message. RyanAir announced they are introducing “child free flights” starting late this year. “When it comes to children we all love our own but would clearly prefer to avoid other people’s little monsters when travelling,” said RyanAir’s head of communications Stephen McNamara in a press release. Staying classy is not what this airline is selling. [More]

100 Students Removed From Ryanair Flight Over Baggage Fee Fracas

100 Students Removed From Ryanair Flight Over Baggage Fee Fracas

The scene of student revolt on a Ryanair plane was like something out of Berkeley in the ’60s… Except it wasn’t about the Vietnam war, it was about baggage fees. So okay, it wasn’t exactly like Berkeley, but there were a bunch of pissed-off college students. [More]

Judge: It's Illegal For Ryanair To Charge For Printing Boarding Pass

Judge: It's Illegal For Ryanair To Charge For Printing Boarding Pass

Notoriously cheap airline Ryanair currently charges customers €40 ($53) if they show up at the airport without having printed up their boarding pass. But a judge in Spain says this fee crosses the line from thrifty to illegal. [More]

Getting To Know You: All About The New Friends We Made In 2010

Getting To Know You: All About The New Friends We Made In 2010

Behind every buzzworthy headline of the past year has been someone in charge, someone to blame, or just someone to laugh at and talk about. From the debacle of Toyota’s millions of recalled automobiles, to a fed-up flight attendant with a flair for drama, we’ve become familiar with a few new faces in 2010, for better or for worse. [More]

Top Posts Of The Week And Open Thread

Top Posts Of The Week And Open Thread

Enraged Passengers Refuse To Leave Plane

Enraged Passengers Refuse To Leave Plane

A group of French tourists refused to leave the plane for four hours after it landed in protest of how they were treated. [More]

Passengers Forced To Stand During Flight Because There Weren't Enough Seats

Passengers Forced To Stand During Flight Because There Weren't Enough Seats

While airlines like RyanAir mull over “standing-room seating” and designers create plane seats that will bring tears to your eyes, one airline in Russia figured out how to get passengers to stand up during a flight — just tell them to. [More]

Webloyalty Settles With NY AG For $5.2 Mil

Webloyalty Settles With NY AG For $5.2 Mil

Online “marketing” company Webloyalty has settled with the New York AG for $5.2 mil. You know how when you buy movie tickets and at the end it says, “You won a free $10 gift certificate!” And then if you read the small print it says that if you accept the gift certificate you get signed up for a discount club that charges a monthly fee? Yeah, that was their game. [More]

RyanAir Hides Travel Insurance Opt-Out Under "Country Of Residence" Drop-Down

RyanAir Hides Travel Insurance Opt-Out Under "Country Of Residence" Drop-Down

“Dark patterns” are when web designers exploit common browsing behaviors and use them to trick people into do something that’s to their disadvantage. One of these, the “anti-scan trick question,” is used by RyanAir to get people to sign up for travel insurance. Counterintuitively, to opt out you have to scroll through a “please select country of residence” drop-down menu. Sneaky. [More]

Meet The Airline Seat That Will Destroy Your Crotch

Meet The Airline Seat That Will Destroy Your Crotch

Though most airline manufacturers and insiders have scoffed at the idea of “standing room” seats on jets, someone has come up with an airplane chair that is simultaneously more feasible and more uncomfortable. Meet the crotch-crushing SkyRider! [More]

Stranded Orchestra Gives Impromptu Inflight Concert For Fellow Passengers

Stranded Orchestra Gives Impromptu Inflight Concert For Fellow Passengers

While waiting for their delayed KLM flight to be released, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta took their instruments down from the overhead compartments and started playing a spontaneous concert for their fellow passengers. [More]

Ryanair's Newest Cost Cutting Idea: Remove Second Pilot

Ryanair's Newest Cost Cutting Idea: Remove Second Pilot

Did Ryanair’s publicity-chasing CEO Michael O’Leary read about that American Airlines flight back in June? In a recent interview, he suggested that one way to reduce costs would be to get rid of the second pilot and just make sure every flight has a flight attendant with a pilot’s license. [More]

Ryanair Flight Forced To Make Emergency Landing Over Spilled Tea

Ryanair Flight Forced To Make Emergency Landing Over Spilled Tea

Perhaps the flight attendants at cheapo airline Ryanair could take a lesson from that Wendy’s training video about how to serve hot beverages; one of their planes was forced to make an emergency landing on Tuesday after a passenger scalded herself with some spilled tea. [More]

Ryanair Kicks Kid Off Flight For Not Buying Extra Seat For Her Violin

Ryanair Kicks Kid Off Flight For Not Buying Extra Seat For Her Violin

Extreme discount airline Ryanair kicked a 12-year old girl and her dad off a flight because they didn’t buy an extra ticket for her violin. [More]

Spirit Airlines Wants To Charge You For Talking To A
Human

Spirit Airlines Wants To Charge You For Talking To A Human

Yesterday, we wrote about how the CEO of Spirit Airlines thinks he’s doing consumers a favor by charging for carry-on bags. Now, Big Ben Baldanza is saying that he wants to start charging passengers for the right to talk to a real human being at the airport. [More]

Ryanair Passenger: I Was Detained For Complaining About Food

Ryanair Passenger: I Was Detained For Complaining About Food

Ryanair, the discount airline known for its dirt cheap prices, headline-making PR stunts and occasionally outrageous ideas for what passengers should pay fees for, is defending itself against allegations from a passenger who says he was detained by police at a Norwegian airport because he’d been vocally displeased with his on-board food service. [More]

Boeing Calls BS On Ryanair's Standing Room Seats

Boeing Calls BS On Ryanair's Standing Room Seats

Last week, cheapo airline Ryanair once again raised hackles and made headlines saying plans to introduce vertical “standing room” seats on its planes. However, it’s looking like this may be yet another PR stunt from Ryanair’s loudmouth CEO. [More]

Latest Ryanair PR Stunt: Vertical Seats

Latest Ryanair PR Stunt: Vertical Seats

Known for making up crazy cost-cutting moves it has no intention of implementing just to to get headlines, Ryanair’s CEO is at it again, saying the budget-airliner plans to introduce vertical seats, of the type Airbus researched but scuttled, next year. [More]