Two ridiculous stories have gained traction, and I thought I’d quash them right now: Spring Airlines has sort of considered the idea of creating a section where passengers would have barstool-type seats where they would basically be standing. These seats have not been approved and, despite how this story has morphed into “Crazy Chinese Airline Lets Passengers Stand”, this isn’t happening any time soon, if at all.
Not to let a crazy idea go by without jumping on it, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said that he would put those stools in his planes and let those passengers ride for free. Right. The British press likes to pass on every thought that crosses O’Leary’s mind as if it weren’t just a cheap ploy for publicity. But of all the wacky ideas he’s thrown out there (pay toilets, etc), has he actually implemented any of them? Uh, no.
(If all of this standing room seating stuff sounds familiar, that’s because the story came out 3 years ago. Writer Chris Elliott caught all manner of crap for writing the story that appeared in the NY Times that mentioned the standing seats for the first time. I don’t actually think any airline will install standup seats, but it looks like the idea isn’t as crazy as it once sounded. Wait, yes it is.