Flying The Chinese Style – No Seats Attached

I am sure air travel will never be the same again with this….

A Chinese low-cost airline, Spring Airlines is planning to run flights with standing room only tickets, with passengers being made to stand for the entire duration of their flight, in which by doing that, it allows up to a 40% increase in passenger load.

Here’s a part of the news :

Spring Airlines’ President Wang Zhengua said he was confident the government would approve the request. He claims the idea was actually mooted by China’s Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang.

“He suggested that, for a lower price, passengers should be able to get on a plane like catching a bus, with no seat, no luggage consignment, no food, no water, but very convenient,” Wang said.

Full news here

Apparently Airbus also has plans for standing passengers in aircraft :

Allegedly plane manufacturer Airbus has previously suggested standing-room areas on planes. Its plans reportedly had passengers held against a backboard by a harness during take-off and landing.

I am not really sure if this is really legal or not, but as far as I understand, the Malaysian Civil Air Regulation states that:

The commander of a Malaysian aircraft, flying for the purpose of public transport of passengers shall before the aircraft takes off, and before it lands, and whenever by reason of turbulent air or any emergency occuring during flight, he considers the precaution necessary, take all reasonable steps to ensure that the crew of the aircraft are properly secured in their SEATS and all passengers age two years and above are properly secured in their SEATS by safety belts, or safety harness and that all passengers below the age of two years are properly secured by means of child restraints devices.

So I guess in Malaysia, there shall be no standing passengers? >.<

I don’t know about you, but I honestly feel that this will greatly compromise the safety of the passengers should an emergency situation arise during flight.


4 Responses to “Flying The Chinese Style – No Seats Attached”

  1. 1 Gyee July 4, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    How bout if the plane encounter a turbulence?

    • 2 クリンソン ドリーム July 5, 2009 at 12:05 pm

      It will then feel like a bus on a uneven road. Only this time your head might hit the ceiling of the aircraft. >.<

  2. 3 Gyee July 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm


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