Chief Executive Michael O'Leary wants to eliminate the back rows of seats on his airplanes so he can sell extra-cheap tickets to passengers willing to stand up for the entire flight, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.
"Seatbelts don't matter," O'Leary said. "If there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seatbelt won't save you."
An airplane, he claimed, is "just a ... bus with wings."
O'Leary is seeking to create "standing room only" areas in cabins where travelers could fly within Europe for $1.60.
European aviation safety regulations say all passengers must be belted in during take-off and landing.
"We operate 1,500 flights a day. They don't come skidding in. This is a very routine, safe form of travel," O'Leary argued.
Ryanair posted a 10 percent rise in profits to $762.5 million for the first half of 2012.
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