Will standing room be coming to air travel soon?
This story passed us by when it appeared last week but it’s too good to ignore. It’s a trick that newly-crowned Sky Marshall Michael O’Leary of Ryanair fame will probably start blathering on about introducing in the near future (if he hasn’t already) – standing room on planes.
China’s budget carrier, Spring Airlines are hoping to introduce the crazy concept once they get permission from the Chinese government. As Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang was recently quoted as saying: "for a lower price, passengers should be able to get on a plane like catching a bus, with no seat, no luggage consignment, no food, no water, but very convenient," it would look like permission will be a mere formality.
It is believed that Airbus have been researching the feasibility of the no-seat option, and have passed on their findings to Spring Airlines. During take-off and landing, passengers would be strapped to a bar-stool-like stand with a safety belt around the waist.
Presumably once the plane is airborne, they’ll then either sneak their arses into any seat that isn’t taken or stand around staring daggers at those passengers who are enjoying the luxury of actually getting to sit down on a plane.
Surely the next stage will be to allow passengers to be boxed up and put in the luggage hold, or maybe give them the opportunity to hang on to the wing or roof as they do on Bombay trains. Your move Sky Marshall…