Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary has a new idea to save money: Get rid of co-pilots on planes.
"Really, you only need one pilot," he added. "Let's take out the second pilot. Let the bloody computer fly it."
And if the captain is incapacitated? Train one of the cabin crew members to land the plane, O'Leary said. "If the pilot has an emergency, he rings the bell, he calls her in," O'Leary told Bloomberg Businessweek.
O'Leary is known for attention-getting ideas to make air travel cheaper, such as charging passengers to use toilets on planes or offering low-cost standing seats. The strategy garners a lot of free publicity for the Dublin, Ireland-based airline.