This Budget Airline Wants To Remove Seats From Its Planes
While seats on planes are getting smaller by the year, a budget airline is considering removing seats altogether
The budget airline is VivaColombia and, according to The Independent, the Colombian airline is considering removing all seats from its planes and make passengers stand.
The airline wants to do this so it can slash ticket prices
By removing the seats from planes, there will be more space to squeeze more passengers as they would be made to stand during the duration of the flight, says the airline, which wants to make air travel accessible to working class Colombians.
Founder and CEO of VivaColombia, William Shaw told the Miami Herald they are looking into vertical travel options
"There are people out there right now researching whether you can fly standing up – we're very interested in anything that makes travel less expensive," he said, adding:
"Who cares if you don't have an inflight entertainment system for a one-hour flight? Who cares that there aren’t marble floors or that you don’t get free peanuts?"
And he is not alone. Ryanair had proposed standing areas on its flights a few years back, with its boss Michael O'Leary expressing doubts that seatbelts were even necessary.
"A plane is just a biga## bus with wings", Michael had 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 travelling at 120mph."
Apparently, these rich airlines CEOs don't seem to be too bothered to know that while peanuts are not important, safety is. As passengers will be standing without any seatbelts to latch on, what if there is turbulence mid-air?
Lucky for passengers, though, these flights haven't been approved yet by the civil aviation authorities in any country
And Director of Colombia's Aerocivil, Alfredo Bocanegra told RCN radio that he does not approve of the idea, adding that, "People have to travel like human beings."
He also said that "Anyone who had ridden on public mass transport knows that it's not the best when you're standing," reported The Independent.