Passengers in the standing section would be propped against a padded backboard and held in place with a harness.
This idea is coming from an airline that recently unveiled the world's biggest passenger jet, the A380, a double-decker behemoth capable of carrying 555 passengers. Depending on the configuration, the plane is big enough to have a casino, nurseries, shops and bars.
But from such jumbo ideas we have to come to this - packing passengers into the back of the plane in harnesses. At BA, a spokeswoman sounded distinctly sceptical and gave the news blog this tongue-in-cheek response.
"We think British Airways passengers would prefer a little more elbow room to enjoy their complimentary food and drinks. However, we always welcome design innovations," she said.
Apr 26, 2006
Because flying coach isn't quite unpleasant enough
Airbus is proposing standing room "seats" in planes.