Colombian low-cost airline plans fly passengers standing

A Monitor Report 28 Jun, 2017  |    -      +
Dhaka : VivaColombia- budget airline in Colombia has renewed calls for “standing seats” to be permitted on aircraft to further drive down the cost of flying.

VivaColombia is the latest budget carrier to express interest in so-called vertical seating, akin to perching on a bar stool, which would enable airlines to cram more passengers onto flights.

“There are people out there right now researching whether you can fly standing up,” VivaColombia's founder and CEO William Shaw said. “We’re very interested in anything that makes travel less expensive.”

VivaColombia is not the first airline to consider stand-up flights.

In 2010, Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary expressed interest – and even doubted whether seat belts were necessary.

A plane is “just a b****** bus with wings”, he said at the time. “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 travelling at 120mph and if they crash you’re all dead…”

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) disagrees with O’Leary. It claims seatbelts are essential for passenger safety and said there would be many hurdles to jump through before carriers could launch “stand-up” flights.

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