The NY Times has a disturbing article reporting that Airbus is considering a version of its A380 with standing room seats. Yes, seats where you cannot sit down. In theory, this would only be available on short-hop flights in, for example, Japan (Japanese airlines currently deny interest in these scheme). Unsettling, yes? The article also notes (and this won’t shock you) that airlines are squeezing more seats in coach these days.
On a positive note, the Airline Interior Expo is going on right now and airlines are showing off what first class flying will be like in the future (read: lots of space, lots of electronic gadgets). The gap between the haves and the have-nots will keep growing on planes (just as it does everywhere else). Thanks to Engadget and travelnate for the heads up.