Wait, wasn’t technology and progress supposed to make travel more tolerable? It seems that Spring Airlines in China missed a memo, as it is pursuing plans to install paradoxically named “standing seats” in planes.
According to The Telegraph, the airline has been pushing for standing seats on planes since 2009 – but airline safety regulators have mercifully resisted so far. “For a lower price, passengers should be able to get on a plane like catching a bus… no luggage consignment, no food, no water”, company president Wang Zhenghua is quoted as saying.
The plan, which is making headlines again due to the company yet again calling for them, would see standing passengers still afforded the luxury of a seatbelt. Such a move could increase plane capacity by 40%.
Of course – on the downside, it would make already uncomfortable flights even more uncomfortable. So perhaps it is of no surprise that famous bastard Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair, is in favour of the plans too.