Michael O'Leary claims legislation forcing passengers to wear seatbelts is useless, unnecessary and insisted upon only by authorities he deems "plonkers."

Those wishing to fly on holiday should instead be permitted to stand at the back on a plane, which he considers to be "just a b----- bus with wings".

Mr O'Leary, the chief executive of budget airline Ryanair, dismissed the notion seatbelts were an essential safety requirement, saying: "If there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seatbelt won't save you."

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