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Ryanair’s O’Leary Ponders One-Euro Toilets, Standing Passengers

"Why does every plane have two pilots?" asks Michael O’Leary, chief executive officer of Ryanair Holdings Plc, the largest low-cost airline in Europe. Wearing sneakers, jeans, and an off-the-rack short-sleeved shirt, O’Leary is pontificating in his office at the company’s headquarters on the outskirts of Dublin Airport.

"Really, you only need one pilot," he tells Bloomberg Businessweek in the Sept. 6 edition. "Let’s take out the second pilot. Let the bloody computer fly it." What happens if the pilot has a heart attack? One member of the cabin crew on all Ryanair flights would be trained to land a plane. "If the pilot has an emergency, he rings the bell, he calls her in," O’Leary says. "She could take over."