Budget airline VivaColombia have revealed plans to remove all seats from its planes forcing passengers to stand.
The no-frills airline is considering the plans in the hope it will lower fares as they’ll be able to squeeze more passengers onto each flight.
Recently, Colombia’s tourist market has been growing and the airline believes now is the time to capitalise on it.
VivaColombia’s founder and CEO William Shaw told The Miami Herald:
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.
Who cares if you don’t have an in-flight entertainment system for a one-hour flight? Who cares that there aren’t marble floors… or that you don’t get free peanuts?
Having no in-flight entertainment is reasonable but no seats…. come on!
Surprisingly this isn’t the first time an airline has considered the idea of standing sections on flights, in 2003, Aibus came up with ‘vertical seats’.
Similarly Ryanair also proposed standing areas on its fleet in 2010 with boss Michael O’Leary describing the sections as ‘bar stools with seat-belts.
Civil Aviation Authorities are yet to approve vertical seats in any country, saying ‘people have to travel like human beings’.
Also, no-one likes standing on public transport as it is, so on a plane, you just know it’ll be loads worse!
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.