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The latest idea in the future of economy travel


Global air news this week stems from a university study published in the International Journal of Engineering and Technology. The study was based on a standing-only section in an airplane, could result in lower airfares for the passenger.

How does safety rate in this?

Commentary from readers suggested, ‘what about the safety precaution of being seated and wearing a seat belt for taking off and landing?’

The university study by Fairuz I Romli, an aerospace engineering professor and lecturer at the Universiti Putra Malaysia, suggested passengers would lean against a padded backboard with straps that stretched over their shoulders.

Obviously when it comes to the future of air travel, a study may be one idea. But for the idea to come off the ground, it would require an airplane to be fitted out with a standing zone and trialled. Major carriers in the US and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) say the idea would have to tackle hurdles before it could take off.

"You can't have a seat belt without a seat," FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told the LA Times. Gregor said all seats on commercial planes must be tested by the FAA to withstand specific pressures.

At this stage of the study, Romli suggests this way of travelling would only be up to three hours.

Would you pay to stand in an airplane?

For an idea like this to come to light, the biggest question would be, would costumers pay to stand?

“The idea won't fly because air travellers won't agree to it”, said Jean Medina, spokeswoman for Airlines for America, the trade group for the nation's airlines.

"Airline customers ultimately determine what works in the market, voting with their wallet every day," she said. "And comfort is high among drivers of their choice."

A recent poll from The Sydney Morning Herald readers, provided a result of 26% percent out of 3,715 votes that they would stand on a flight for a cheaper airfare. So for the lesser majority, if the option was available, some would stand and perhaps this percentage would be enough space to allow for the choice.

As the study mentioned, an airline that removes seats can accommodate about 20 percent more passengers and, as a result, offer discounts of as much as 44 percent compared with airlines that offer big comfy seats.

Other commentary from travellers around the study included, ‘what about turbulence, do you bump or fall into another person standing?’ and, ‘Where would the extra luggage be stored?’

And when it comes to flying for 2-3 hours, would you rather enjoy the magic of flying through the clouds or not?

How would you want the future of air travel to be?

If you had the choice of the future of air travel, would you decide upon the utilisation of space or something better? Comfort, faster air travel or perhaps even something more grand? If the future is based on our ideas, what idea would you bring to air travel? Because shouldn’t travel be part of what makes us smile and not something that feels more like public transport and squished in sardines?

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