Sun, Nov 13, 2011
Airline Reportedly Looking Into Mile-High Adult
It's difficult to know if Ryanair CEO Michael
O'Leary is serious, or if this is just one of the airline
executive's outrageous trial balloons designed to generate some
buzz about the low-cost airline, but if the object is the latter,
it's certainly had that effect.
London tabloids including The Sun are reporting that O'Leary has
suggested a Ryanair app for smart phones and tablet devices that
would have a broad range of in-flight entertainment ... including
some that may not be appropriate for general audiences, according
to a story appearing in USA Today.
O'Leary is quoted in The Sun as comparing the
availability of adult movies on a handheld device on an airplane to
its use in hotel rooms.
If his aim was to generate a media controversy, he's been
successful. The group Morality in Media (MIM) issued a news release
Thursday calling on U.S. citizens, and engaging more than 50
European pro-family organizations, to contact the Ryanair
protesting the development of the app. "We will stop this outrage
before it gets started," said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of
MIM. "Ryanair, which hopes to expand its market to U.S.
destinations as well, is creating an unsafe environment for every
individual who travels on their planes."
According to Hawkins, a wealth of research demonstrates that
pornography consumption is a leading cause of sexual violence and
sexual assault as well as a significant contributing factor to sex
trafficking. It is also addictive and a danger to children, who
will no doubt be exposed to it if allowed on planes.
"Can you imagine how uncomfortable most women passengers and
female flight attendants will feel with several men viewing
pornography in the small space of an airplane?" asked
Hawkins. "In an office workplace, this would constitute a clear
case of sexual harassment."
Of course, O'Leary is also the airline executive who floated
such ideas as pay-per-use lavatories and "standing room" seats on
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