Aeroplane giant Ryanair are hoping to launch an in-flight web offer that enables passengers to watch pornography if they wish to. Parodying the services available in hotel rooms across the globe, Ryanair has plans to present the service to travellers by logging onto the Ryanair app using their iPads or smartphones. Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary argues ‘’Hotels around the world have it, so why wouldn’t we?’’
The controversial app enables passengers to pay to gamble, watch films, play games or of course to watch sexually explicit material during flight time. Arguably, an attractive concept to those who have watched ‘Hot Fuzz’ one time too many on a flight to Madrid or have dozed off during a rinse repeat episode of ‘Friends’.
However, the X-rated concept is not as one might envisage, as the airline has assured this isn’t footage to be watched on screens on the back of seats for everyone to see, but on discreet hand-held devices. Debatably the notion is still a strongly taboo idea, borderline unnecessary with the exception of the inconspicuous nymphomaniac members of our society.
Ryanair have stated the inflammatory idea would potentially take years to get off the ground due to the mammoth financial costs it would require to secure a powerful enough broadband connection for all of the aeroplanes. This may prove to be somewhat of a stimulating investment among passengers, or a distasteful bid for provocative profit.
Bob Atkinson of Travelsupermarket is not so enthralled with the concept, reasoning ‘’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.’’ His viewpoint may prove to be popular among many disapproving parents and timorous flight attendants who may have to reluctantly interrupt a passenger to two to fasten their seatbelts.
Ryanair will have to wait to see if this idea will ever take off…..
Article by Emma Boyle