Ryanair CEO: Regulations blocking middle seats will 'have no beneficial effect whatsoever'

16 April, 2020

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary dismissed regulatory discussions around blocking middle seats onboard aircraft after the coronavirus restrictions are lifted as "nonsense" (Reuters, 16-Apr-2020). "It would have no beneficial effect whatsoever... Most of them [airlines] were losing money even when you sell the middle seat". He argued the "best that we would be able to manage" would be to bolster temperature screening at airports and supply of face masks to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.