Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Taking a No-Frills Stand on Travel

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Taking a No-Frills Stand on Travel

Article excerpt

PLEASE stand up tall and grab on tight to the person next to you, because we are about to take off.

Irish no-frills carrier Ryanair says it is in talks with US plane maker Boeing about adapting its aircraft to incorporate what it calls "vertical seating or upright-seating".

The low-cost carrier, which in recent months has suggested heavy passengers pay a "fat tax" and travellers pay to use its on-board toilets, said it wants to get more people onto its aircraft by ripping out traditional seating.

The airline would apparently leave "something like a stool to lean on" during the two-hour flight.

It's an interesting concept, which could lead to some very interesting in-flight experiences.

On the plus side there would be no more worrying about getting seated next to the chronic snorer; the person who shares their entire life story, including Aunt Betty's knitting attempt last Christmas; or the one who forget to brush their teeth this decade.

You could just walk away and find a better "vertical or upright seat". …

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