If you thought coach was cramped, get ready for standing-room only "seating" on airlines. The discount Irish airline Ryanair has come up with yet another wacky plan, this one involving building a special standing room only area on a Boeing jet so that fliers can perch on stools instead of sit in chairs. The company says it could get 30% more customers on their planes this way.
Stephen McNamara, a spokesman for Ryanair, said:
"Passengers wouldn't be fully standing, they would have something like a stool to lean on or to sit on."
He added that the plan would "completely adhere to safety procedures." The stools would, of course, have lap belts to keep one attached. Standing room seats would also cost less than traditional seats.
Ryanair got the idea from the Chinese airline Spring, who is developing a similar plan.
Ryanair flies to various destinations through out Europe and Northern Africa, and have become known for their cost-cutting measures and cheap fares. They charge passengers $1.50 to use the toilet, require them to get boarding passes online, and make them carry their bags to luggage compartments.