The surprising reason Ryanair never have seatback pockets

Ryanair this week announced brand new planes to add to their fleet - but still there are no seat pockets.

Budget airline Ryanair this week unveiled their new slim-line Zodiac seating for their “game-changing” fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts.

These planes will be introduced to circulation in the spring of 2019 – but the seats will still not have pockets.

This is despite an additional eight seats per aircraft – which will fit 197 passengers – and redesigned seats that will allocate more legroom and increase the seat pitch from 30 to 31 inches.

The one thing that won’t change, however, is the lack of seatback pockets.

According to The Telegraph, the reason for this is a deliberate, timesaving tactic and the airline have omitted setback pockets since 2004.

A spokesperson said this allows the airline to, “maintain [an] industry-leading 25-minute turnaround, and reduce cleaning costs.”

A Ryanair spokesperson in 2012 added: “We also considered removing armrests, but decided against it.”

Meanwhile, Ryanair is one of the many airlines who have been texting customers to let them know they can expect delays of up to four hours going through European airport security this weekend.

These precautions have been put in place after new EU border regulations which have called for stricter passenger checks for people flying from outside the Schengen area to inside the Schengen area.

Members of the EU who are not members of the Schengen area include the UK, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, Cyprus and Bulgaria.

A spokesperson for Ryanair said: “Due to extended Travel Document Checks by Border Control Authorities, customers are advised to expect possible delays at immigration control points across our European network.

“Ryanair advises customers to arrive at least three hours before the scheduled departure time of their flight, to ensure they have sufficient time to arrive at the boarding gate at our recommended 30 minutes prior to their scheduled fight departure time.

“Our operations across the network are running as normal and we continue to advise customers to arrive at least three hours before the scheduled departure time of their flight.”

Read also: Ryanair shares slide 4.4% as ECJ rules against airline

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