Shanghai-based low-budget carrier Spring Airlines is once again trying to approve plans to offer cut-price tickets to passengers willing to stand up on flights.
The airline mulled over the idea back in 2008 as a way to accommodate more passengers over the Spring Festival holiday rush. Having passengers standing upright would increase capacity by around 40 percent, the airline said. The scheme never really took off (da-dum), however, as aviation authorities raised concerns over safety issues.
On Tuesday, a spokesman for Spring told China National Radio that it was still hoping to offer the service. “We need many other conditions to make it work, like working together with airplane manufacturers, getting the approval from the authorities and having the consumers accept the idea,” he said.
Passengers would still be strapped in during takeoff and landing, Spring Airlines president Wang Zhenghua previously told news reporters. “The safety belt is the most important thing,” he said. “It will still be fastened around the waist.”
Dublin-based low-cost airline Ryanair also showed interest in upright seats, and its CEO Michael O’Leary seems to think there is no need for the seatbelts at all.
“[A plane is] just a b—– bus with wings”, he said. “If there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seatbelt won’t save you. You don’t need a seatbelt on the London Underground. You don’t need a seatbelt on trains which are traveling at 120mph and if they crash you’re all dead…”
Remember those words of comfort should you ever find yourself strapped into one of these babies.
(This is the design of a Skyrider “saddle” seat, released by the sadists at Italian manufacturing firm Aviointeriors back in 2010.)
[Images via Telegraph // China Daily // Wikipedia]