RYANAIR has come clean about seating plans that seem to always seem to make the middle seat available when selected at random.
New analysis on Ryanair’s seating plans has led to claims that flyers are more likely to win the lottery than being randomly allocated the dreaded seat as often as they are.
But the revealing sums prompted Ryanair to admit that it tries to “keep window and aisle seats free” but that the remaining seats are still “randomly allocated”.
Ryanair sparked anger over the summer by suggesting passengers pay extra to sit next to each other.
Couples and people travelling in groups complain that they are being punished with separate middle seats in different rows if they don’t pay an additional charge for reserved seating.
Until today, these accusations have been denied by the airline, who said that customers who do not wish to pay for their preferred seat are randomly allocated one, free of charge.
But The Daily Telegraph reports that Jennifer Rogers, the director of statistical consultancy at Oxford University, has carried out calculations that suggest that the allocation of seating for passengers unwilling to pay to select a seat is not as random as you may think.
In fact you are ten times more likely to win the National Lottery than being randomly allocated a window or aisle seat.
Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, said the reason some passengers cannot have these window or aisle seats is that these are more likely to be selected by reserved seat flyers and many of them only check-in 24 hours before the flight.
He told the Telegraph: “Since our current load factor is 97 percent, we have to keep these window and aisle seats free to facilitate those customers who are willing to pay (from £2) for them.”
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It emerged today that Ryanair is to restrict passengers to just one piece of hand luggage, after its two-carry on bag policy proved too popular with customers.
With passengers numbers having reached 97 percent capacity in August, the budget airline said its overhead cabin space is getting too crowded with carry-on bags.
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