A couple months ago we told you about an idea being floated by the Irish low-cost carrier RyanAir to offer a “standing room only section” on its planes. Well, now it seems the concept may be catching on and even some U.S. airlines may be interested.
An Italian company plans to unveil this week a new airplane seat called the “SkyRider” which holds passengers in kind of a half-standing, half-seated position and allows airlines to squeeze in rows with only 23 inches between them. In theory, airlines would be able to offer a separate “SkyRider” cabin on short-haul flights and charge less money for people who are willing to travel in this manner.
A spokesperson for the company explained: “For flights anywhere from one to possibly even up to three hours this would be comfortable seating. The seat is like a saddle. Cowboys ride eight hours on their horses during the day and still feel comfortable in the saddle.”
Do you buy that? Have a look below and tell us what you think of the idea.