A Colombian airline has revealed its plans to begin flights without passenger seats. The airline believes this would allow them to squeeze more passengers into each flight, cutting down cost of air travel for the average-income traveler.
CEO and founder of the airline VivaColombia William Shaw stated:
“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 inflight entertainment system for a one-hour flight? Who cares that there aren’t marble floors… or that you don’t get free peanuts?”
Several other airline operators believe seatbelt isn't an all-inclusive lifesaver in terms of an accident or a crash during a flight.
“A plane is “just a bus with wings”, he 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”, said an official.
Civil Aviation Authorities disagree however, and vertical seats have not been approved by regulators in any country so far.
“People have to travel like human beings,” he said. “Anyone who had ridden on public mass transport knows that it’s not the best when you’re standing", said another Aviation official.