What we’re reading: O’Leary says seatbelts are pointless, Boeing considers folding wingtips, Maryland OKs table games

by Stephanus Surjaputra on November 8, 2012

Seatbelts on planes are pointless, says Ryanair boss

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary says that seatbelts on planes are unnecessary.

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.”

“Seatbelts don’t matter,” he proclaimed.

Boeing considers wingtips that fold on its next big jet

Boeing is considering adding folding wingtips to its 777X.

For the immense wings planned for the 777X, engineers at Boeing are studying a design in which the wingtips fold upward to reduce the jet’s span when it sits at the gate or rolls along a taxiway.

Maryland voters OK table games

Maryland voters decided to allow Las Vegas-style table games at six casinos.

In 2007, after years of debate, they settled on allowing five casinos with only slot machines, and they made sure voters had the final say in a constitutional amendment in 2008. It took Tuesday’s statewide vote four years later, however, to fully open the door to casinos with all the offerings after the most expensive political advertising campaign in Maryland’s history.

(Photo: Deanster1983/Flickr Creative Commons)

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